Hot Natured band member Luca Cazal (AKA Luca C) makes a belated solo debut for Crosstown Rebels, predictably delivering an EP jam-packed with atmospheric, shuffling tech-house gems. The groove underpinning lead cut "Mariri" swells impressively, offering ample room for Cazal's low-register bassline, restless cowbells and unusual vocal sample to take effect. Detroit techno legend Stacey Pullen remixes, delivering a version with a touch more energy and plenty of sci-fi inspired electronic touches. Elsewhere, Cazal joins forces with Mark Jenkyns on the bouncy, rave-goes-deep chugger "The Bullfrog", while all-star hook-up "Memory Man" is formidably wide-eyed, centering the action around dreamy vocals, bubbling electronics and deliciously tactile chords.
The revival of Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company continues apace, with Hot Natured man Luca Cazal the latest to join the stable. Predictably, he hits the ground running, lacing short snippets of Prince style vocals over a bumpin', low-slung deep house groove on E.P opener "Telephone Call". In contrast, "Z's House", featuring the distinctive spoken word vocals of Rogue D, sounds like a Hot Creations-era take on the jazz-flecked, mid-2000s Chicago boompty of Mike Dixon and Honey Dijon. Finally, S L F lends a hand on E.P closer "A Thing Called J", a fizzing combination of heavy, undulating bass, snappy percussion, wonky vocals and drunken acid lines.