Belgium's busy Pelican Fly label has been dropping bombs of all shapes and sizes over the last five or so years, and they show no sign of stopping or slowing down if this new scorcher by 1180 is anything to go by. While his previous - and debut - release for the label was a harsh, aggressive shade of trance, this new single "Lick It" verges onto the juke end of the bass spectrum. With a fluttering vocal with the vocal "work it"on repeat, 1180 launches a fiery, stuttering groove boasting a stop-start flex that is bound to cause some serious uproar in the dancehall - just wait for that bass to drop, son! Jeez...
You could say that 18+ have been one of the best finds from the Houndstooth lot. You could also say that the LA-based duo are the ones truly shaping the leftfield field of the label's catalogue, which is packed with more concrete shades of house or techno elsewhere. Their releases for the label have been magnificent, and this latest album, Collect, might just be some o father best work. Labelled as 'bass', the LP is actually more on the neo R&B side of things, using powerful swings of bass as its main ingredient. the duo's vocals ride high and mighty over the rickety percussion and kicks, but there's also plenty of more tranquil moments in between the storms. All in all, a warmly recommended piece of work, and one that is likely to appeal to fans of Hype Williams.