James Priestley and Giles Smith have done well to achieve an upstanding relationship with DJ Qu, who has boded well as a frequent guest for their legendary Sunday parties. The New Jerseyite has now rewarded this friendship by momentarily breaking from his own Strength Music Records imprint to provide the sixteenth vinyl nugget for secretsundaze records.
Comprised of sleek thudding tones backed by some sharp and swift drums, lead track SS1 is perfectly ripe for a sweat-drenched dance-floor. The discombobulated breakdowns provide little rest bite for tired legs; it’s a get down or go home type scenario with this one.
Sitting in the middle is Fearless, in which the loosely fitted strings sample gives a refreshingly unregimented groove, recalling the stylings of Motorbass’ Pansoul LP. The gawping swallowed vocals also provide shades of Terre Thaemitz, and the combined result is a more cerebral flavour for the EP.
The brazen closer Loveboxx is blatantly the more jarring number. Loaded up with chromatic clanging synths and more frolicking vocal chops, it bodes well as the dirtier track on the EP much like Sweaty One, which topped off his previous EP Redtones.
SECRET016 is a short and sweet three tracker with consistency working in tandem with variety. It certainly exhibits the work of an in-form producer who is reaching their prime right about now. The well-timed release will be wetting the appetites for the secretsundaze Easter Special at The Laundry on Thursday 2nd April in Hackney, London.
SS1 is out now on secretsundaze records, order a vinyl copy from Juno.