Its been some years since Hard Times dropped new music in our laps, but having kick started a new wave with March’s release of Steve ’Silk’ Hurley’s stunning ‘All I Need’, featuring Sara Garvey on vocal duty, the label follows up swiftly with more precision groovemanship; this time from Hudd Traxx label boss and core Hard Times family member, Eddie Leader.
As a DJ, producer, promoter and label boss Eddie has, over a twenty five year career, become a standard bearer for UK house music. His own productions have graced seminal labels including Classic, Robsoul, Plastic City, Morris Audio and Balance Alliance, while his own Hudd Traxx imprint has become a go-to for many a discerning disc jockey. Its roster boasts releases that feature Matthew Herbert, Rolando, Jovonn, Rick Wade, Agnés and More.
Fresh from remixing Hurley’s ‘All I Need’, Leader now looks to ’Slow Everything Down’ with four fresh jams of his own that all stay true to the Hard Times ethos of quality, deep underground sounds.
Preaching from the front is ’Stand Up’, with its warm groove, piercing piano chords and soulful sermon. So come on… Stand up, to get down. On ‘Gratitude Power’ a seismic kick drum and bass combo pave the way, garnished with keys, synth stabs, bongos and a sprinkling of vocal as the track winds things on smoothly.
‘Slow Everything Down’ is where its at. A calmer, warmer groove, built from raw beats, spoken word and glistening piano. Coolness personified. This is where we're at. Leader slows and closes with final cut ’To Me To You’, icing the EP to perfection with its drowsy and hypnotising keys.
Hard Times continue to deliver the good times.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says:
A stupendously good record from house stalwart and Hudd Trax owner Eddie Leader. Real raw house energy on this one - righty snapped up by some of MCR's finest as soon as it dropped! We'll be getting more copies in soon so hit that wish list button if it's already gone!
A1. Stand Up
A2. Gratitude Power
B1. Slow Everything Down
B2. To Me To You