It’s great to see a keystone UK soul singer still making music with the underground and not desperate for that major label homogeny that many others think is the natural progression. Here, Omar’s silky vocals bed in nicely alongside the electronic syncopations from EVM, reminiscent of the Co-Op days alongside the Bugz and 4Hero. Marcel Lune further breaks things up with his staccato remix, heavy on the West London flex.
Tangle’s second for VANDIT this year (in and around a mass of other productions for his own Tangled Audio imprint, Lange Recordings and others)… ‘I Believe’ is less snarly 303-driven tech (ala February’s ‘Aquarius EP’) and far more of a get-down-the-front, shirt-pulling euphoric number. Its angelically sung hook will mark it well for the crowd and as the synths go vertical, so, very likely, will the hands.
Quite literally everything either of these duos touches is hardstyle gold, so to put them all in a studio together was always going to result in a mammoth track. 'Ghettoblaster' has that TNT groove running throughout, combined with Audiotrics' uplifting melodies and a very familiar vocal which just brings it all together. Really accessible hardstyle, whilst steering clear of the obvious and commercial sounds.
"I'm surrounded by hipsters / What does that say about me? / Hipsters love independent movies / Shit, I love independent movies / Actually, I just like independent movies / So I think I'm cool there" — amusing, broken-up and horizontal slice of first-world anxiety from HS and Stones Throw. New album 'Hallways' due soon. Don't sleep.