London badman Deekline showed us his knack for deep, euphoric breakbeats on the radio-friendly club banger 'Deepa' six months back. Now he's dipped into his studio hard drive for more of the same with 'Got to Believe', which lands with an electrifying female vocal refrain, lilting arpeggios, ravey pads and warm Reese sub, before dropping into a bass-fuelled Hannah Wants-style groove. It's the pick of his new five-track 'Heartbreak EP', which also offers up a quartet of tasty house/bass outings for the four-to-the-floor brigade.
Good god but I'm in love with the break in this track. So fat, so punchy, pure pleasure in the beats, a kick so heavy it carries its own bassline with it — SS keeps things simple with the loops, a peal of Dave Liebman/Jan Garbarek-style sax, and some sighing droning dissonant strings that swim in the kind of unsettling cinematic waters Lalo Schifrin or Quincy Jones would be proud of. Great stuff from Gibbs, even greater stuff from Bada$$ — looks like the new 'What Goes Around' set is gonna be Selektah's tuffest and most essential yet. Been waiting for him to come out with a record that's consistently great from start to finish. Looks like he might have done just that. Essential.
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.
"Late night killer beats."