Lost Palms' latest EP showcases the work of Anthony Fade, an Aussie twosome whose members (Brendon Zacharias and Mike 'Jenson Interceptor' Melas) have both previously impressed via rock solid solo releases. What I Need sees them in a retro-futurist frame of mind, combining bumping, no-nonsense, redlined house bats with a variety of hazy musical elements. Some will compare the energy, riffs and glassy-eyed vocal samples of "Get With You" to rave-era British productions, while the deep and jazzy warmth of "What I Need" is similar in tone to the kind of woozy, sun-kissed material regularly found on Rhythm Section International releases. Elsewhere, closer "At Night" is dark, thickset, driving and hugely atmospheric, while "Brick Street" tips a wink to classic Chez material.
Given their addiction to British style bass music - not to mention rhythm patterns from around the world - the Through My Speakers crew is not your average Berlin-based DJ/producer collective. That much is clear from this all-star EP. There's much to admire throughout, from the trap-with-bells-on dancefloor madness of "Ladies & Cash" by Bukez Finezt and the high-octane, shangan shake-goes-acid brilliance of TMS Soundsystem's "160bp", to the wobbly post dubstep/revivalist jungle fusion of Radar Bird's formidable EP closer, "Execute". Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the dancefloor-focused future dub fuzziness of vowel-hater NGHT DRPS's "Timebomb Dub".