It's been almost a year since the last Futureboogie release, and it was about time the Bristol label landed a new artist on their roster; after all, they're only responsible for bringing out talent such as Julio Bashmore! Although Cassio Kohl surfaced a couple of years ago, he's been quiet on the releasing front, but he's back with three hot 'n' bumpy floor nuggets coated in a house flavour. "Let It Be Me" has a Chicago lick with a bouncy bassline and plenty of sweet atmospherics, while "Hear Me" is funkier with that fuzzy slap bass, and "Come Together" goes for the swing thanks to those skippy percussion stabs and rolling bass shots. Seductive and effective, perfect for the warm up hours.
As debut EPs go, this one from Nottingham-based producer Cassio Kohl is pretty tasty. Straddling the divides between jazz-flecked deep house, broken beat and '90s garage revivalism, tracks such as "Broken" and "Legendary" sound like a more energetic, MPC-loving take on the slick James Johnston sound. "Always Existed", meanwhile, sounds like a more developed, less-polished interpretation of the UKG revivalism currently finding favour in clubs thanks to the work of labels like Hypercolour. With plenty of decent musical touches throughout, decent percussion programming and a keen ear for decent vocal samples, it should be the first of many impressive EPs from Cassio Kohl.
The Manucci's Mistress label gathers pace, looking to Nottingham for their fourth release in the shape of The Lost Sessions EP by Cassio Kohl. Apparently moved to sign up Kohl for a release of the back of a mere 15 seconds of first hearing the producer's debut EP for Amadeus Records, the three tracks here fully justify such snap decision making from the Manucci's Mistress big cheeses. Kohl's sound is a classic take on the deep house template, showing both a talent for raw emotion and clinical production as well the sort of hooky vocal samples and epic lead synths that immediately grab your attention.
When it was released in early January, we waxed lyrical about Cassio Kohl's debut EP, Broken, praising its blend of jazz-flecked deep house, broken groove and garage revivalism. Here, Los Angeles natives Urulu and Steve Huerta offer up two brand new reworks of the EP's title track. Urulu's Dub is probably our pick, featuring as it does thunderous bottom end, murky, Detroit-influenced chords and neat use of the original's standout vocal sample. Huerta's version is more musically minded, layering up a chunky US house groove with some ear-pleasing chords and synth melodies. With the vocal once again taking centre stage, it's an unfussy, humid delight.
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