Fresh off a well received debut on Will Saul's Aus label, Komon returns to the Apple Pips cause with a two tracker primed to do some dancefloor damage. Listening to lead track "Cosmic John" it's hard not to feel the Bristol based producer wasn't inspired by the recent Remiks of "Silencio," Komon's collaboration with Appleblim from Prins Thomas that launched Applepips offshoot Pipped. Certainly there's a melodic twinkle to the track that's reminiscent of the Full Pupp boss, though it's matched by the kind of bassline mastery that has Bristol wired into it's DNA. Face down and we find Komon in a much rowdier mood, with a bassline on "So Easy" that can't help but invoke the spirit of classic UK garage, spin backs and all. Still though it's Komon's fresh production finish that makes this memorable, as opposed to mere pastiche or throwback.
A very clever fusion of forces here; Booty bass baron Deekline has capitalised on both the title and the crowd-pulling clout of Jammer's girl-hunting grime cut 'Declined'. The result: An obese speed garage romp that tips its cap heavily towards Double 99's "Rip Groove" and 187 Lockdown's "Gunman". The vocal version works perfectly with Jammer's distinctive nasal lyrical fire while the instrumental just sends us straight back 97 with a one way ticket. Do not decline this one, it's a surefire party piece.
Make no mistakes, "Can't See U" features some of Slick Don's finest lyrics to date. Myriad disses without any misses, they're the perfect mic-fire for Lenkemz's dark, spiked out riddim. "Polo Tee", meanwhile, opts for a deeper, 808-influenced groove as P Solja tells a tale of smoking and sexy time with clarity and naughtiness. Finally we hit "Came Here 2 Beat", a jacking four-to-the-floor garage jam that pumps and jumps with raw bass heaviness. Filthy.
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