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20 May 13
Review: Toyboy and Robin's rather large recent bass-house smash "Jaded" gets the remix treatment here, with hyped up producers Amtrac and Village shuffling the parts and adding their own twist. Village's version builds impressively, layering up elements - tipsy chords, the original's woozy vocal, tasty pads - over a shuffling groove that's deceptively heavy. Amtrac makes more of the vocal, beginning with a dash of cut-up acapella action before giving it pride of place over a touchy-feely, stripped back deep house-meets-garage groove. If anything, it's even more instantly addictive than the original version, and that takes some doing.
06 May 13
Review: London garage/deep house fusionists Toyboy and Robin are at it again, this time dropping a spiraling chunk of summer house madness for Cool Kid Music. "Jaded" ticks all the boxes; think chopped-up, pitched-up vocals, big pianos, rolling garage beats, big drops, even bigger bass and all manner of hands-in-the-air FX.; it's one of those tunes that's seemingly impossible to dislike; whether wafting from a passing car radio, in the club or in a bar, it would raise a smile or two.
27 Nov 12
Review: This chap originally hails from Portugal but has lived in Iceland for ages. It kinds of sums up his sound too, as his productions are hot blooded but executed with an icy cool. There's nothing to fault here on these two tracks - "Calia" packs some serious bass and partners it with crisp, clicky beats, while "Romario's Theme" is a slick slice of anthemic tropical bass. Classy!
30 Oct 12
Review: Cool Kid Music return with another silky collection of bass tracks, this time from rising talent Danglo. "Introverse" slows things right down, with a beat that is somewhere between R&B and downtempo deep house, nevertheless filling the gaps with crafty UKF snares, billowing synths and expertly treated vocals. "Liar Liar" offers a similarly relaxed cut, combining elastic Jacques Greene style synths with complex percussion. Finally, Werkha steps up to remix "Introverse", upping the tempo and making it more dancefloor ready with its deep dubstep style subs and intricate 4/4 rhythm.
18 Sep 12
Played by: Earl Grey
Review: Werkha is a rising talent championed by like-minded fledgling label Cool Kid Music. In keeping with the label's aesthetic, Werkha has delivered a three track EP that fuses neo soul, sparse garage beats and lots and lots of synths. "Cube & Puzzle" starts all hazy before launching into Bowski-style stripped back garage. "Le Roitelet" is a bizarre mix of fuzzy digital soul and jazzy French female vocals. "Bottle Trick" keeps the jazz, this time guitar, and marries it to slo-mo beats and layered vocal loops.
28 Aug 12
Review: The fledgling Cool Kid Music return with the debut release from the promising David Marston. "What We've Got" is the perfect track for the dying days of summer, filled with minimal garage beats, smooth melodies and vocals that have been shattered into a thousand glassy pieces. "Top Off" is the real killer though, a smooth piece of rubbery future soul with an R&B sensibility that recalls the devastating jams of Jacques Greene rolled into an unexpectedly threadbare sensibility.
15 May 12
Review: Sassier than a slap from a glam queen crunked up on sarsaparilla, "Hands" is both cuttingly sharp and stupendously silky. Futuristic garage with echoes of neo soul and soft whispers of classic Chicago house, each of the three numbers on offer reverberate with grooves strong enough to seep into tomorrow. "Hands" shimmies with spine-tingling R&B chords before dropping into a clanging late night bassline frenzy, "I'm Gonna Lose My Baby" is both tribal and twinkling with its robust 4/4 and laser-loving toplines while "And So We Find Ourselves" could sit happily both on daytime radio and on the deeper floors. A rare breed.