It's been almost a year since the last EP from Fabricio "4004" Tepetitlan, meaning that this outing on occasional home Quintessentials is more than welcome. As usual, the California-based producer delivers the goods. He begins with the rich electric piano chords, drifting soul vocal samples and rolling deep house grooves of "In The Mood", before slapping down a head-nodding instrumental hip-hip interlude (the undeniably baked "Detroyt Loves You"). He returns to seducing deep house dancefloors on the Motor City influenced smoothness of "Guilt Is My Shadow", while closer "House Calisthenics" is brilliantly moody, warm and atmospheric.
For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".