Thursday, 3 September 2009
PRE-ORDER: Scratcha DVA – The Jelly Roll EP [DVA Music]
Grime and funky have been creating some common ground of late with things starting to get really interesting when the smooth house grooves got the rude boy treatment from the grime heads, who added a bit of raw dance floor power into the mix. Rinse FM’s Grimey Breakfast DJ and all round badman producer Scratcha DVA has turned his hand to funky after creating some big grime anthems like ‘Nasty Nasty Nasty,’ the simply poisonous ‘Bullet A Go Fly’ and the monster riddim ‘Kill All A’ Dem.’
The ‘Jelly Roll EP’ opens strong with the title track, which will bring a smile to even the badest of a badman’s face with its unashamed cheesy and down right stupidly catchy hooks. Don’t get it twisted though, that isn’t even a dis, ‘Jelly Roll’ is a full on dance floor bomb for exactly those reasons. It comes on like a smoother, heavily swung and less annoying version of Felix Da Housecat’s ‘Cry Baby’ with the ascending and descending riffs getting persistently tweaked and flipped into bouncy synth lines that keep it rolling over the laid back soca-esque drum patterns.
The grime beats that is ‘Nasty Nasty Nasty’ makes an appearance on the flip in the form of two remixes, one from funky maestro Roska , who adds his very own deep dark and down right danceable vibes to the track, and the other by dubstepper Sukh Knight who spaces things out and adds his trademark distinctive wobble. The real mystery comes in the form of the deep house vibes of ‘Guro Triba’ by Soule Power, which finishes off the EP succulently with it's distinctly smooth groove brought on by some bongo action and a steady four four pulse.
Words: James Balf
Out: 14th Sept 2009