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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! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Especial bring the heat once again for this, their 30th release. Dusty hardware vibes lead the way on the ROTR remix before making way for more relaxed but equally entrancing offerings from Freeform Five, an old-school stomper from Jamie Paton via the brilliant Red Axes and a swooning groover from Bal5000. A superb outing, varied but coherent.


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