Layo & Bushwacka! are equally at home turning out summery housey affairs as they are peak time stormers, and ‘Now Is The Time / The Time Was Then’ definitely fits into the latter category. A double header, the loose concept behind the release is to represent both the sound of the dancefloor now and the sound from circa 2000.
‘Now is The Time’ has its feet placed firmly in 2008 - a crisp, clean techno bassline, topped by hand claps, snatches of breathy female vocal, and full of an irresistible array rattles, whooshes and other indefinable sounds that the duo seem to pull from the depths of their imaginations. It breaks with some simple electronic sounding chords and a stirring Martin Luther King sample that makes this record so memorable. ‘The Time Was Then’ is based around that same sample, but gives a cheeky nod to a few years back, with a bassline and keys that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on their seminal ‘Night Works’ album. It never goes too far towards nostalgia, though, and either would rip up a late night dancefloor!