Monday, 27 April 2009

Cooly G – Narst / Love Dub Refix / Love Dub [Hyperdub]

Original writen for the Sonic Router bass blog and all round good egg, it just had to go up here aswell as I'm a sucka for Cooly's beats and I wrote about her self released EP a while back here Vol.s 2 & 3 of which are out now, but here is the big one the Hyperdub 12".

UK funky is making moves on the underground with its soca infused beats, house tempo, big bass, smooth grooves and that all important hint of dirt. It’s the juxtaposition of light and dark vibes that makes UK funky interesting, plus the massively danceable beats of course.

Singer and producer Cooly G hailing from South London where so much UK bass music has been pioneered before, drops her debut 12” for forward pushing, genre spanners Hyperdub who always have their ear to the ground for new and exciting hybrids. This platter shows both sides of funky while also helping to push it in new directions.

The first track ‘Narst’ comes on like a dirty grime infused dance floor shaker reminiscent of recent instrumentals from Nocturnal fed via old school Chicago house. It kind of sounds like the most gritty of super hero’s theme tunes, but one with a bit of slinky class like Cat Woman. The strings build and dub out before big house kicks propel everything forward and the other percussion funks it up into a big danceable beast before the chest beating bass throws down on you.

The flip which features ‘Love Dub’ and its refix is defiantly a highlight the intricate soca drum patterns flow, shake, bump and groove in all directions and make you want to wind your body in new and sexy ways. This is the smooth loved up end of UK funky, pure vibes. Cooly G sings snippets in her sweet and slinky way as smooth loved up chords get all warm and fuzzy above and the bass punches bellow, its all so spaced out mellow and minimal yet insanely danceable. The original and refix aren’t to dissimilar they both bring dubbed out vibes and amazing percussion with the soulful feel but the refix kind of steps up the kick a little.

Cooly G takes funky in new directions here by really stepping up the production values and making some really minimal forward thinking sounds all of her own.

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