The third artist to arrive on the Skudge Presents series, Aardvarck, should require no introduction to those familiar with the Dutch scene, having released on Rush Hour, Delsin, Eat Concrete and his own Bloom over the course of ten years. Of course you never know quite what you're going to get with the producer, which is what makes his appearance on Skudge Records all the more exciting, and thankfully this EP doesn't disappoint. "Yogwa" opens with brooding strings and a gnarled electro riff before launching into a savage bassline and a hesitant broken rhythm. On the flip, "Brawa" is all booming bass and neon stabs, coming across like a rave track filtered through dubstep's lens, whilst "Tengenan" is a clattering beast lifted out of a gloomy half-stepping funk by its day-glo synth melody.
There is no doubt that Dutch artist Aardvarck is one of techno's most talented producers. It's audible in the depth of his productions and on his latest album, Co In Ci, in the effortless range of his work. It veers from the immersive, reflective piano soundtrack of "Pas", which is followed by the party-friendly disco-sampling house, a sound that unusually, Aardvarck manages to make sound fresh and exciting.He also breathes new life into his dub techno tacks, with "Hoe" sounding possessed by a Red Indian fire dance and "Hob" revolving around beats and bass so viscous, one feels like it was recorded inside a vat of treacle.
An excellent and largely overlooked release here from Studio Soulrock, released on vinyl last year and finally hitting the digital domain. Contained within you'll find two tracks from Awanto 3 aka Steven Van Hulle, namely the dusty "I Love Hugh" and funked-up "Good Old Days" (the latter featuring Rush Hour stalwart Tom Trago). Rounding off the release is a cut from hirsute legend Aardvarck , with "Tape" a typically rugged journey through demented sci-fi house atmospherics.
The tireless peeps at Rush Hour launch the Vault Series, in which the Dutch imprint rummages for overlooked and unreleased tracks sitting in a big shed out the back of their Amsterdam-based record store. They kick things off in consummate style, with the hitherto unknown (to us, anyway) Duster Valentine dropping the ace "(My Back Is) Against Wall", which features a killer sample of "The Pressure" by Sound of Blackness. A thick set drum loop works for your attention below the vocals, occasional keys and dusty groove - highly recommended. The heads out there will be delighted to see Aardvarck's instantly recognisable party jam "(Just Washed) That Pig" from a few years back given a sorely needed extension!
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