Green Eyed Monster (feat Emma-Lou - radio edit) - (3:43) 140 BPM
Rain In The Sahara - (4:39) 140 BPM
After occasional appearances last year Guido is gearing up to releasing his anticipated second album with this sneaky two track single for Tectonic which shows just where the Bristol bass n' soul boy is at. Replete with the fulsome vocal turn from Emma-Lou, "Green Eyed Monster" is an impeccable crossover record that moves with the rush of a modern pop production, from the trancey arpeggios to the bittersweet bridges to the catchy chorus. "Rain In The Sahara" meanwhile indulges Guido's instrumental side with a tricky arrangement of percussion slanted somewhere between tribal and juke, all fluttering whispers of melody that branch out into bold strings, playing on the expressive skills that have always lain at the heart of Guido's music.
Green Eyed Monster (feat Emma Lou) - (4:34) 140 BPM
Heartful Dodger - (4:36) 144 BPM
Same Road - (3:55) 140 BPM
Letting Go (feat Emma Lou) - (4:00) 140 BPM
Lucky Git - (3:54)
Jupiter - (4:51) 140 BPM
NRG - (3:54) 141 BPM
Afrika (part 2) - (4:09)
Midnight Savannah - (4:11)
Kalm - (4:23) 141 BPM
Squeaky Jungle - (4:14) 140 BPM
After rapidly maturing away from the constraints of the dubiously dubbed "purple" sound, Guido's last album Anidea quickly established him as a multi-faceted producer with a gift for highly-evolved melodic content and no fear of poppy hooks. On this album for Tectonic, the groundwork laid out by his early releases has been built upon with tracks that channel that effervescent soul into tightly wound tracks as focused as they are emotionally charged. There are surprising moments such as the heavy vocoder action of "Heartful Dodger" and the doe-eyed R&B of "Green Eyed Monster", but it all adds to the sense that Guido has matured gracefully and kept his finest musical traits intact.
People often ask, "what are friends for?" Well, in the case of Pete Graham, they're primarily there to make killer bass tunes with. Here we get four such collaborations, which prove that sometimes, two heads are better than one. "Who Dat" sees Graham joined by Marc Spence and Chris Lorenzo for some menacing, broken streetlight UKF material, "Wom" describes the moody wobble of this Lornezo collaboration, Mark Starr arrives to perk things up with the garage-influenced house of "Something In The Water" and "Finding Neverland" sees Thomas Graham add some seriously low boom to this booty bass jam.
One half of Epitome and one of the men who run Italy's premier dubstep label, Graziano activates the 'switch' program on his sonic interface for a series of beats that defy the lush sludgy dungeon sound the label has been embracing this year. "Rinse" is a real stand out cut, all low-tempo, bouncy bass and classic UKG nuances, elsewhere we get dazed and confused by the TRG-style synth stretches of "Feel", we do some crazy jitterbug dance to the frenetic riddims on "Obstinate" and get pranged out to deep, dark techy flavours of both "Fuse" and "Room 2". Room two? Main room, more like - Graziano is on a serious creative mission right here.