It's easy to see why Buzzin' Fly boss Ben Watt was impressed by this debut single from Capetown based producer Alex Blaxx. Not only is the production assured and floor-friendly, but it also features a number of intricate touches that suggests a high level of musical ability. The "Raw Demo Mix" of "The Evening News" is particularly good. Based around a hissing, cymbal-heavy groove and vocal cut-ups from a familiar Whitney Houston pop classic, it impresses with its slick vibraphone solos, long, drawn-out chords and touchy-feely atmospherics. The "Straight House Mix" is almost as good. Percussive bonus cut "Brian Fantana" is pretty tasty, too, providing a deep house take on the South African kwaito sound that proves, beyond any doubt, that Blaxx is a serious talent.
The 7th Sccucci Manucci EP kicks off in moustache curling style with a Scandinavian slice of four/four action from Tarjei Nygard. On loan from his own Untz Untz Records, Tarjei Nygard weaves his way way through beautifully recorded synth bleeps and bass lines on "TOGO," culminating in a piano breakdown which will have any party reaching for the lasers. The Scandinavian vibe continues as Dane Brian Logstrup comes correct with the classic slab of deep house sound that is "I Can Do" whilst we return to the UK and the sounds of London producer Mella Dee whose UK Garage and Bass influences shine through on the peak time monster "Love Is". Last seen debuting on Buzzin' Fly, Alex Blaxx rounds off proceedings with the wonderfully insouciant house of "It's A Race Thing".
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