The Worst Behavior crew have unleashed a weighty weapon from Yunna here, exploring the futuristic combination of bass and breaks with some really unique ideas. We begin for instance with 'Day', a subtle fusion of breakbeat drum samples, unusual vocal chops and earth-shattering subs, followed by the percussive-lead sub sweeps of 'Aki' and tidily arranged chord sweeps of 'Sea', giving us a tasty recipe of rave energy. We then jump into 'Wou', a blippy glitchfest, fusing jazzy tones and unpredictable rhythms, before the post-jungle drum lines and harmonious soundscaping of 'Dia' gives the EP one last drop of wow-factor.
After releasing a wealth of EPs since making his debut in 2020, Malik Kassim is ready to unleash his first album, 'Straight Foxin', for the constantly inspiring Wolf Music Reordings. Framed as a kind of mixtape, with head-nodding interludes sitting side by side with club cuts, the 14-track set features a wealth of appearances from horn player Mauricesax, as well as collaborations with Bezzix (see the deep dancefloor jazz of 'Be Someone' and the organic deep jazz house of 'New Cribs'), Passion Deez (the skittish, uptempo deep house-goes-ghetto house warmth of 'Kush Love') and 'Nephews' (the deep, Bukem-influenced D&B flex of 'Bad Knees'). Throughout, Kassim offers a near perfect blend of dusty instrumental hip-hop, nu-jazz and the deepest and warmest of house grooves. Recommended!
Detroit electro icon DJ Godfather returns this week with the latest release on his ever reliable Databass imprint. "Hold Up" is next in a series of 11 EPs and sees him collaborate with Chicago booty bass pioneer DJ Deeon. This is the guy who laid down the foundations for what Godfather would soon expand upon with his explorations in the 'ghettotech' sound. Needless to say, the results make for one seriously down and dirty dancefloor workout. Elsewhere, the hi-tech soul beats of "Let's Talk Some Jit" equally satisfies, as does the emotive mood music of "Shake Them" and the in-your-face bass attack of closing cut "Squo?"
It's great to see Detroit pioneer DJ Godfather back releasing music regularly. Hot on the heels of It's Ghetto Tech, he drops this new, diverse release. The title track is a dark, stepping electro roller. Featuring an insistent synth riff, grinding bass and deft hip-hop scratches, it's less frenetic than Godfather's typical material, but no less funky. "Can't C Me" sees him follow a similar approach, with falsetto vocals added to the mix. Godfather reverts to his trademark ghetto tech sound for "Bass Drop". Featuring Lil Mz 313, the interplay between jittery rhythm and call-and-response vocal are irresistible. Changing tact again, "Assassin On The Decks" resounds to melodic piano lines and warbling acid swirls.