With a change in the season and the promise of balmy city sunsets on the horizon, it feels natural that dirtybird should drop a much welcomed curveball into their 2013 EP catalogue. Courtesy of Belgium born duo, GoldFFinch, the '11th Hour' EP explores the label's more implicit approach to bass, with all the richly textured, distinctively UK sounds weve come to expect from the pair. The EP also marks GoldFFinch's first original dirtybird release proper, after proving their worth on the heavy hitting Players compilation and remixing French Fries' 'Space Alarm' as an induction.
'11th Hour' opens the EP with a beautifully carved intro of muted, sensual synths and a blunted percussion beat that immediately picks out a swinging, London-centric rhythm. As the distant yearn of afterhours city lights emerges, the intro melts into a fluid-yet-funky roller, a languid longing for the urban twilight hour. 'Sultry Steel' flirts with UK Garage foundations, as the drums skip along with knowing skill and a slinky vocal sample punctuates the fuzzy atmosphere. As the track name suggests, its the steel drum melody that gives the beat its memorable dance floor significance.
Erring on the subtler side of late night bass, dirtybird has uncovered a veritable gem here. Enjoy!