"When I grow up I want to be A Surgeon!" Chirped A Surgeon to his parents many moons ago. Oh how proud they were! Then they realised he was actually going to become exciting bass-monkey-to-watch A Surgeon and not go into medicine at all. At first they cried. Then they listened to his music and gave him all the support in the world. It's not hard to see why; both cuts here ooze emotion and soul while carrying enough clout to really smack the shizzle out of your dancefloor. "Forever" is almost filmic in its epic make-up. Beautiful and sizzling, it's the ideal end-of-night spine-tingler if ever we heard one. "Hold It (Turn The Bass Line Up)" is a much more rugged affair with a gritty, grizzling saw-tooth and switches galore. Not emotive enough? Sure it is... just wait for those gorgeous synths to wash over you about mid-way. Yum.
Following straight on from A Surgeon's retro hip-hop influenced "Soul Movements Trip", this new release boasts two tracks both featuring Hannah Collins and Stevee Bee. Both couldn't be more different from their recent release: A-side "Chasing Love" is all shimmering synths, downtempo beats and Collins' floaty vocals. B-side "Together" is even more laid back and summery with it's mix of hazy electronica, jazzy tones, piano chords and trip-hop beats.
Stomp Son (feat Hunter S Thompson) - (3:03) 110 BPM
Time to don a plaid shirt and a pair of Timberland boots (laces undone) because the early 90s revival is in full effect. Lazy hip beats and sampled loops replace the drum and bass sounds that A Surgeon is more commonly known for. Joined by Stevee Bee on most tracks, "808" sounds like a mythical collaboration between Dr Dre and Cypress Hill. "We Won't" is stoner daisy age hip-hop while the more upbeat and jazzy "Hell Yeah" is evocative of a KRS-1 backing track. There's also a very well disguised sample of Alan Braxe & Fred Falke's "Running" tucked in there too. The most ambitious track here however, is the mellow 4/4 "Stomp Son" an orchestrated affair that features sampled contributions from Hunter S Thompson no less.