Mark E's Merc label resurfaces with a new name at the helm in the shape of Quaid, who may be based in an East London studio or indeed some fantasy fire laden digital realm known as Metropolis. What we have here are two prime slabs of neo futuristic machine funk - apparently influenced by years of treating ears to the sounds of Prince and The Egyptian Lover. Lead track "Watchbeat" chirps into action, the thick stumbling bass drum coaxing out the uneasy textural intricacies that drive the track ever forward in full flight. Throughout you get the sense the production is teetering on the brink due to the sheer weight of its various elements, but onwards it moves. "Dedication" streams forth brilliantly with recycled soul and could easily be mistaken for a Sound Signature release, the various vocal harmonics weaved deep into the rhythmic template and what's so impressive is how the track seems to constantly fizz in different directions, never attempting to settle into one groove. Excellent release!
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