Finally! Death Proof Recordings co-owner and all-round eclectic exemplar Benjamin Vial steps up to the plate, with his first EP on the label. After numerous single tracks and remixes, you could say it's been a long time coming, 2 years to be exact, as he's been concentrating on progressing the label into a now steadfast imprint.
The Frenchman has produced a truly enigmatic collection, titled 'Moods EP'; it encompasses all forms of the 4/4 and nods to many of his favourite artists from 3 decades of music loving.
Lead track, 'Everywhere', comes straight out of the tech-house blocks, with punch aplenty. Radiant synths and glitched drums & hats cement a tight groove, with lower than low vocals instructing what every listener needs to do: ''Keep the beat rocking!!''.
'Everytime' then brings out the jazz & funk, with a soul-enriched deep-house number. A stripped back 90's enduced drumline allows huge brass to overwhelm the track, leading to a clearly cheekier than cheeky breakdown.
And to finish his masterpiece, he calls on the sparse techno of old with 'Everyone', taking it down into the darkness with a rich warm bass that thumps underneath spacial synths and vocals, the perfect 3am+ tune!
And onto the remixes, yet again we've got some of our heroes of recent times onboard. From our own troop, to the guys we just can't get enough of!
Firstly Paul Lyman [VeryVeryWrongIndeed], who recently took Unkle's 'Heaven' to new heights, takes 'Everywhere' to even deeper realms. Warm, spine-tingling synths and bass breathe and sway amongst a stripped-back, clean techno build, a definite open-your-mind moment.
Secondly Svida [Klap Klap], the now infamous Swedish pairing of Martin H & Calle Dernulf, turn out a raw-yet-groovy techno ditty. Perfect use of the brass and bass from 'Everytime' allow a direct drum arrangement to shine! Deeming it suitable for the dark enclaves of Berlin and beyond!
And lastly, Death Proof's own Ettica has somehow churned out a feverous techno-house number from 'Everywhere', added delay and punch to the synths have it sounding like a certain 'Red 2' in places but up pops that chunky bassline to bring that groove back and, no doubt, dancefloor shaking!