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EMOTIONAL ESPECIAL

30th release by taste making label Especial. Featuring label stars Junior Fairplay, Jamie Paton and Kris Baha but also enlisting new talent in the form of Roy Of The Ravers, Freeform Five and Bal5000.

First up, it's Junior Fairplay in the hands of modern day acid demigod Roy Of The Ravers. After turning in a twisted, bleeptastic remix on Junior's recent "Faxes From The Future" EP the Acid Waxa star (Sam Buckley) has enjoyed some serious time in the underground spotlight. Here on the aptly titled "Remix 2", Roy strips everything back for a piston-powered, hammer jack blaster, pairing a gruff b-line to dusty vintage drum boxes as well as any of the OG Chi-town cats used to do.

Jamie Paton reversions Freeform Five's "Throwing Stones" with druge beats, delicate yet menacing keys and some lysergic perc. Ali Love's haunting vocal is retained throughout making for a tantalizingly taut listen.

On the flip, Kris Baha's now cult retake of Israli duo Red Axes. Only previously released by Multi Culti as a digi-only, after many years of cat calls and reminders, here at last for the vinyl heads is this monster drug-chug beast - and sounding super in-vogue with the current musical landscape!

Invisible Inc's Bal5000 drops the only solo track and switches tact completely. Anyone who's been to Wet Play and seen Randy Brunson drop boogie after Spandex has knocked the walls through with hardware dirge should feel this moment of sunshine breaking through the destruction. Instrumental modern funk licks meet a slack house beat as the darkness is cast aside for some joyous dancefloor unison. Clap along now! 


[Emotional] Especial returns in 2018 after a supremely quiet 2017 as batteries were recharged and life happened. The break their fast with the introduction of new duo, Weird Weather and their debut EP, "Bamboo Room", a perfect addition in the label family boasting 4 cuts covering dark basement club music through to calmer, balmier moments.
The brain/love child of LJ Horstman and D Thornley, conjoined metal nerds from opposite ends of the London suburbs who bonded over love of dub mixes, Weird Weather emerge from the home studio after four years of jamming, constructing, dubbing and re-dubbing. Expect cheap synths played with strict finger musicianship; deep bass over 4/4, clattering Roland drum boxes and analogue pads and submerged vocals calling out over the noise of the digital Coffee Maker. Taking influence from Yello, Jah Shaka and the Horn "Megamixes" of the ZTT alumni, the duo poured their favourite elements of 80s club music through the dub blender before calling in the mixing desk skills of Timothy J Fairplay and Jamie Paton for extra impact.
To start, "Sequence 5" is a one-take body-music desk dub. The relentless riding rhythms, rubberised bassline and faint harmonics and turn the packed floor into a smoldering sweat box, before "Trash Dolphin" follows as an aquatic New-Wave meets NY-house in-joke that went too far. Future primitive riffs, tropical drum programs and poolside samples signpost the way to nirvana. Over on the flipside is the titular "Bamboo Room" a sub 90 BPM euphoric mind-melter that's a must have for the cosmic/Balearic crowd. The impossibly groovy rhythm section calls to mind "Lamuka" while the blissed out melodies and velveteen pads above are straight out of a 93 CDM mix. The set is seamlessly completed with the poolside cool of the 'Ormus Mix' for the suave recliners out there.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Where has this been all my life? New London duo Weird Weather make their debut on [Emotional] Especial with four top tracks covering chugging EBM, balmy house, cosmic syrup and dopest Balearic. Ace!


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