Superb rhymes from a superb new talent from LA, Gavlyn, whose rhymes betray a vulnerability and fluidity all too rare in today's age of over-compensating femme shoutiness - 'Guilty Pleasure' flows like the finest bourbon over your day, loosening those shoulders up, rolling out that stress. Sublime sax crests over perfectly tough beats, the keyboards and bass keeping things in that divine place exactly between the vertical and horizontal. Keep an eye on her, she might just make 2014 her own.
FS who, we hear you cry? Well, that's funny you should ask. With the Soul Clap boys recently having hooked up with George Clinton for some future project action, this is a spin-off of this great meeting of minds comprising Clinton's nephew Sa'D Ali and other Parliament cohorts including Chuck 'Da Fonk' Fishman, G Koop and Soul Clap chum Chas Bronz. So FSQ is Funk Style Quality, and 'Zulu Congo Call' is a low-slung funk jam par excellence.
A dancefloor directed three-tracker here from one of South London’s finest beatmakers, with a track featuring the effervescent Scratch DVA called 'Oi Dirty', a rolling bass-heavy number with flighty percussion and grime inflections. Title track 'Hold Me' features Cooly’s own vocals with a simple lyrical refrain, but fast-forward to' Molly', which builds nicely with decayed chords and tech flourishes.
Club owners: looking for something to strip the old paint job from your sound emporium? This should do it. Bellicose bass, marching drums, erupting acid (sulphuric, probably) and a scorching tempo - it's all here. Wrapped around a spoken vocal (Game of Thrones, at a guess), this falls somewhere between sinister and outright scary. Somewhere in amongst this is Steve Morley (of early semi-classic 'Reincarnations' fame) on the remix.