"I'm surrounded by hipsters / What does that say about me? / Hipsters love independent movies / Shit, I love independent movies / Actually, I just like independent movies / So I think I'm cool there" — amusing, broken-up and horizontal slice of first-world anxiety from HS and Stones Throw. New album 'Hallways' due soon. Don't sleep.
Considering these two are amongst some of the finest producers in the UK, this collaboration was always going to result in some form of musical greatness... and that it does. Taking on two tracks from N77’s back catalogue, it’s all about the echo, phasing, and reverb as Prince Fatty does the business. Dennis Alcapone even makes an appearance for their rework of White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’.
Big-room techno meets deep house here for an end result that is prog house through and through. The deep whir of that bassline, those robotic soundscapes, and the chilly flashes of melody that work their way into the mix… get your progressive groove on like it’s 1999.
A white label only single-sided release, newcomer Brunks, who hails from the North West of England, could have made this in 2002/03. It drips with influences from the early dubstep sound of EL-B. ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us’ opens up with a soulful vocal, nicely counterpointed by a rolling MC flow over a darkside, rolling, syncopated garage riddim.