Wednesday, 18 March 2009

PRE-ORDER: Toasty - The Knowledge (Untold Remix)/Search & Destroy - Candyfloss (Loefah Remix) [Hotflush]

Scuba’s Hotflush imprint has unveiled a new remix series and first in line on this quality platter is a percussive and bumping rendition of Toasty’s ‘The Knowledge’ by Untold. Featuring some serious punishing bass weight, layers upon layers of bongo action and a Dr Dre esque ‘California Love’ style talk box sample, Mr. Dunning adds some soul by using the pitched shifted garage style vocal a little sparingly letting his knack for adding freaked out glitches and noises to the mix shine through.

On the flip comes Loefah, with his signature stripped back almost hip-hop sounding half-step beats and a chest punching low end he takes Search and Destroy’s ‘Candyfloss’ into head-down, dark-side skank territory. Functioning better as a DJ tool rather than a sit at home and vibe to track, his interpretation doesn’t progress much or do anything other than throw a ton off bass at you but it’s going to work impeccably well when placed carefully in a set.

This is a very, very solid, release from Hotflush, which they really do seem to be in the habit of dropping throughout this first quarter of 2009. Two of the scene’s biggest button pushers are going toe to toe on either side of this 12” and even though Untold’s gorgeously thick bass and driving sheets of percussion wins, both sides are essential.


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