Since first dropping on wax in the autumn, this multi-artist affair has gone on to be one of Local Talk's most popular releases in years. It's easy to see why. Jamie 326 and Masalo's "Testify" is a fabulously urgent concoction - a low-sling, disco-tinged deep house bomb built around a restless rhythm track, impassioned, gospel style vocal snippets, and killer Clavinet lines. Sameed's dustier, sweatier "Can't U" offers a different slant on the same idea, offering a basement-bothering stomper that utilizes many of the same samples. Finally, the same artist delivers something looser in the shape of deep jazz-house jam "Dusty Jazz".
Fresh from a fine contribution to Local Talk's fifth anniversary compilation, Sameed Rezayan makes his first appearance on G.A.M.M. It sees him exploring similar sonic territory - think jazzy, loop-based, soul-flecked deep house stompers - while serving up two tried and tested dancefloor treats. First up is "Bun", a bouncy and rolling house revision of a groovy chunk of harmonica and saxophone-laden soul-jazz goodness. It's really rather good, though lacks the sheer weightiness of the EP's other track, "Chao". This is, if anything, even loopier, with Sameed building the pressure throughout via darting electric piano keys, simmering strings and a stomping jazz-house groove.
By their standards, Tooli and Mad Mats' Local Talk label has been a bit quiet of late. This, from previously unheard producer Sameed, is something of a surging return to form. "Spend (Money)" kicks things off, lacing cut-up vocals, organs and keys over a booming, off-kilter rhythm that doesn't so much tease you on to the dancefloor as bellow in your face to join the party. The "Money Fo Dub" version of the same track offers an even more booming, fluid take that should be suited to afterhours dancefloors, while the murky, hip-hop influenced "Getyoself" brilliantly flits between sparse broken beat and low-sling tech house. Best of all, though, is "Still", a riotous acid rinse-out with hints of early '90s British techno, and in particular Yorkshire bleep and bass.
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