After recently announcing they will be parting ways as two separate acts going forward, this is the first release from Tonshifterz with just Ellie at the controls. Still keeping the trademark high-energy sound, this track has an almost religious, Baptist-style vocal before unleashing a brutal-yet-minimal kick and bass mid intro. The breakdown is all about hands-in-the-air good vibes followed by pitched kicks on the drop. Great release to reassure the fans that the Toneshifterz sound is here to stay.
This is indeed the return of Rico Tubbs, although put alongside his bass music classic ‘Gangsters’, it does seem to be going through the motions a tad. The template is the same and the constituent parts - wobbly bass, hype slippy-slidey garage beats, arcade game noises etc - are all present and correct, but it doesn't quite gel. The TJH87 revamp drops it down into a funky thang, Kepikei employs a deep burrowing bass, hardcore yelps and low-slung breaks for an understated tech-funk DJ tool, and Kraymer's turn is an undesirable trappist melee. Patchy.
One of those tracks that lies in wait, doing not very much at all, before clocking you over the back of the head with one huge moment. When it comes, it's more than worth the wait.
A result of a collaboration between Brit Lewis Bergen and North American electronic producer Taperecorder, the tracks came about by the now-common international file sharing creative process. 'Hoi Polloi' comes in two flavours, the first Lewis' own version and being a really nice atmospheric outing that balances ambient noises with a hefty 'oomph' really well. The other tracks point to a good working relationship between the pair and are definitely worth checking out.