The general problem with being a kamikaze is that, having dropped the bomb, you don't really get to hang around and drop any more. Despite the title of this, his latest EP, Texan breaks master Joe C has dropped many dancefloor bombs and will hopefully continue to do so for years to come. Tough ghetto beats escalate in a whirlwind of vocal snippets, nasty bass and tense melody on the title track (a melancholic electro pop vibe is taken on the Andy McAllister remix), but the mayhem returns for an almost early Chemicals-style mash up on "Backburner".
Bounciness is the name of the game here, as you may well have deduced from the elasticised title. With an infectious mid range, wasp-like hook and some of the sturdiest, well-rounded beats Ground Level have ever treated us to, this is prime time breakbeat carnage coated in character and the perfect amount of funk. Remix-wise label boss Andy McAllister get low-down and dirty for a body slamming remix that rolls with might thanks to some classic breakbeat drum programming, well-paced arrangement and a blissed out drop. One for the messy hour, one for the later shifts - two great DJ tools.
The summer might be a dim and distant memory but that hasn't stopped Ground Level from flying the sunshine flag into the autumn months. Rebel Sketchy launches proceedings with an uptempo jacking breaks joint laced with lavish disco flourishes and the fartiest bassline you'll hear all season. Joe C ups the aggy factor with a snub-nosed acid bassline and tonked up beef beats. DJ Hero completes the set with the most uncompromising blend of the release. Fans of Elite Force or Meat Katie should be all over this; robust, glitchy and unrelenting it's an instant laser-fest with added piano surprises. There ain't no party like a Ground Level party.
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