Breaking through on 877 last year, Bristol's Saidwho returns to the fray on the ever-on-point Southpoint. It's a match made in beat heavy - unclassifiable genre-melting beat sessions with heavy helpings of subby funk. "Banshee" has been damaging on dub for a while - rolling, stuttering and insistent, it lends itself to techno as much as it does garage. "Chase & Run" flips the rhythm for a more spacious broken trip into grime while "Leaked" is a brilliant Tipper-style space breaks funk jam with a raw, roomy aesthetic. Finally on a remix-tip, Mofaux closes the show with mean and moody switch-flipper that rips between cavernous 4/4s and a gnarly break on the drop.
Bristol's SaidWho is back on 877 Records with more of his dark and bass heavy productions. Following his last release with them, he has been a busy man, firing off releases with the likes of Southpoint and also maintaining his other alias: James Mannion. This EP showcases the darker and weirder side of underground music. Tectonic style darkside futurism on the title track, while "Warpaint" gets some seriously funky riddims happening in classic Ramadanman style until "Night Cap" gets proper street sound with its grimy, wonky basslines in full effect.
877 Records come from the same school of thought as labels like Swamp81, Hessle Audio, or even Hotflush Recordings, but the imprint has always managed to keep at a safe distance from all the hype and nonsense surrounding the 'bass' world. This time they've got newcomer Saidwho to throw down some knowledge in the form of three heavy-as-hell cuts that sit somewhere between house, techno and pure bass-weight. "Overkill", "We Are One", and "Play it" are all shining examples that formulas are overrated, and that one doesn't have to follow any rules to come up with powerful, hard-hitting dance music with a UK test. Luckily, 877 know how to pick up this sort of talent. Tip!
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