French fusionista Izem steps up to Gamm with three international boundary-smelting funk gems that star point blank into the future while retaining strong roots to the past. "ITT" is almost techno in its relentlessness as it breaks into a hyper-charged, steppy Afrobeat. With its Latin licks and clipped chants, "Celia" is so Brazilian you can hear the cheers from Rio Maracana Stadium. Finally, "Hajja" is the most retrospective of the three thanks to its electro boogie bass, lavish pianos and sultry French vocal. Three edits made wholly his own, each of these cuts emphatically explains why Izem has enjoyed white hot hype from the Wah Wah crew, Gilles Peterson and Quantic.
French producer iZem found a new home in Lisbon, Portugal five years ago. On Beni Lane EP, he merges afro-house and heavier percussive elements into his jazzy and hip-hop inflected approach. From the frantically jazzy broken-beat groove of "Major Stef" with its powerful polyrhythms to the lo-slung and bass heavy urban groove of "Frikii" featuring some super sultry vocals by Fehdah and "Shebeen Chic" which is a colourful celebration of Lisbon's pulsating and syncopated beats. On this EP, iZem has established himself as a unique and vital voice in the global club music scene.