Murder He Wrote & Maddie Ellerby - "Expectations" - (4:03) 128 BPM
Circles - (5:25) 128 BPM
All I Ever Needed - (5:05) 128 BPM
Expectations (dub) - (4:03) 128 BPM
Review: Despite having a steady revival movement over the past couple of years, UK Funky has exploded onto the UK Bass scene over the past few months, influencing a large amount of underground music. Here we see one of the genre's leading lights in Murder He Wrote put forward a flavoursome four tracker, courtesy of Rhythm Athletic. We begin our journey on this one on a vibrant collaboration with Maddie Ellerby by the name of 'Expectations', which lays the blueprints for the rest of the EP with its classic funky flavours. Next up, 'Circles', a bluesy stripped back roller, packed with organic drum energy, before landing on the futuristic synth play of 'All I Ever Needed'. Finally we finish up the EP on the playful dub mix of 'Expectations'.
Review: What a time it is for Murder He Wrote at the minute, who appears to be unable to put a foot wrong, judging by his recent releases at least. He here returns to Rhythm Athletic for a soulful helping of garage and funky goodness, kicking off with the stunning vocal collaboration with Jessica Symonds entitled 'Love', a track drenched in rhythmic flavour. Next, we leap into the more lofi arrangements and choppy drum structures of 'Loss', before finishing up the project with a look at 'Cui?-ca Riddim'. This one, despite being nearly impossible to say, is definitely one that needs to be heard, as MHE combines super smooth pad structures with lively funky drum work.