Ben Simss legendary Hardgroove imprint hits its 30th release and 20th year of operations with the beginning of a new split EP series entitled Toe to Toe, with Vol.1 provided by Mella Dee and Subradeon.
The UKs Mella Dee has developed a strong rep for robust club sounds via his aptly titled Warehouse Music imprint in recent years while the Berlin-based Subradeon duo has been dropping slick Detroit influenced sounds for Motech, Rekids and their own eponymous imprint.
Mella Dees 999 Mix of his 01302 (a reference to the dial-code of his home town, Doncaster) opens the EP in powerful fashion. A stark, gravelly stab stands alone for a good 90 seconds before a weighty, swung 909 drum track quite literally kicks the track along with very little else needed bar some judiciously applied sonic manipulation. Similarly minimal in its approach, the OG Mix of 01302 is a little less raw with added melodic flourishes but continues the hefty theme of its predecessor in fine style.
Subradeons A New Sun is Rising opens the B-side with a cast-iron, bumping groove littered with staccato synth hits and overlapping vocal samples culminating in the titular refrain drop making for a memorable take on classic sounds. The Light closes out the 12 with tripping leads and a heady, late-night feel before a digital-only cut, I Am Capitalism provides one last rowdy, pounding groove.