- Release Date 2014-06-16
- Label Disc Over Music
- Catalog DCSO003
Nail is an alias of Neil Tolliday, a UK producer whose solo work mostly stopped around the turn of the millennium when he started making downtempo music in the duo Bent. Before that, he'd released a string of punchy house EPs as Nail, primarily for Classic and DIY, a label based in his hometown of Nottingham. His records became favorites among house DJs, and remained so more than a decade later, when one of his songs, "Til the Feeling's Gone," popped up on Zip's fabric 67 (and was, for many, a stand-out of the mix).
Building on the big impact of the first two releases from label boss Tim Green and Luca Lozano & Mr Ho, Disc Over Music is back with an excellent new EP from Nicson. The four-track package comes with a standout remix from long standing house champion, DIY Discs man and former member of downbeat duo, Bent, namely Nail aka Neil Tolliday.
The fast rising Nicson appeared on the label's last release with a fantastic remix and now deservedly gets a full EP of his own. Before now he has also released on Flumo Recordings and has proven himself to be an adept studio hand with a unique house perspective, so it's for that reason that he has more music soon to come on Souvenir and Get Physical.
His moody 'New Beginning' track is a supple, elastic bit of house with an undulating, rubbery bassline, well-defined percussive claps and a teasing sense of tension. 'Night Light Rider' is a little slower, more purposeful and squelchy. Here rattling metal hits sit next to indecipherable vocal sounds and the whole thing works on a philosophy of less is more. The final original here is 'Simply Things', another well chiselled bit of boom bap house that really urges you to dance. The claps are crisp and the groove is spacious, the mod is unsettled and occult and as such the whole thing really keeps your attention.
Nottingham's Nail, who is enjoying a resurgence after helping to define house music in the '90s on labels like Classic, now pops up on Robsoul and his own Shabby Doll with music that is just as essential. His fantastic remix of 'Simply Things' is a slinky, meaty affair with firm drums, well-treated vocal snippets and a never-ending groove.
This is another well-assembled package from Disc Over that proves the label is well and truly on the pulse.