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  • Release Date 2010-03-29
  • Label Night Slugs
  • Catalog NS002
Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990's NIGHT SLUGS label returns with its second official release: "The Only Way Up" EP by unique Toronto-based producer EGYPTRIXX. Egyptrixx makes celestial club music; jeep jams for a Saturn desert. Over the years his tracks have called on diverse styles from booty house to dubstep, but all of them share an exhilarating wrong-but-right tension ' a shifting balance between melodic and dissonant, rapturous and antisocial. At 122bpm, the EP's lead track "The Only Way Up" is the ultimate subtle banger. A clattering rimshot beat plays host to immense swelling synths that build until breaking point, before a dangerously low sub drives the track to sheer soundsystem ecstasy. Hypnotic, mesmerising, punishing... nothing sounds quite like it. The EP's second original offering follows on the title track's subtlety with some good old-fashioned splatter violence. With its elastic bassline and warped synths "Everybody Bleeding" is like a horrific futurist take on DJ Deeon's "Accelerate" - definitely a riddim for the world's tougher dancefloors. The full digital package includes three very special remixes: Hyperdub's first lady IKONIKA reinterprets "The Only Way Up" as a soaring, blissed-out piece of synth'n'bass, permeated by choir pads and her signature emotive Moog. Night Slugs' NYC representative KINGDOM goes in hard, borrowing the celestial synths of "Everybody Bleeding" to put together a MAW-sampling ballroom club banger, featuring incredibly ominous original vocals from Shyvonne, familiar to us from their "Mind Reader" collaboration. Finally CUBIC ZIRCONIA take "The Only Way Up" to dreamy new territory, entrapping Egyptrixx's synths in classically jackin' 808s while singer Tiombe Lockhart intones "will you give me the love I have for you", providing the EP's second original vocal.

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