For their latest musical offering, the ever on-point No.19 Music delivers an unmissable multi artist EP. The record features the very real and quickly upcoming talents of Clayton Steele and Cameo Culture and comes complete with remixes from label bosses Art Department & Nitin who lend the full weight of their productionmight to this standout release.
Although Clayton Steeles name is only just emerging, the Canadian producer has been in love with electronicmusic since the 90s and his diverse sonic palette lead to a superb release on the label back in February aswell as on Saved You and My Favorite Robot Records. His single, Shifting Sands is a taught bit ofcontemporary house marbled with the sound of alien life and propped up by a thick digital bassline. Theresplenty of deft production detail and alluring atmosphere between the rigid beats and it fits perfectly with thelabels sonic M.O.
The remix comes from chief label stars Art Department, who have taken time out of their militant studioschedule as they reach completion of their second studio album due out in 2014. The hotter than hot duosversion is a slower and funkier thing and the shimmering synths and shadowy voices are more unhinged andfreewheeling as they wrap around each other and a darkened disco energy pervades the whole thing. Its asubtly shaped shifting thing that will dominate dancefloors in the months to come.
The second artist to watch out for on this split EP is production wizard Cameo Culture who burst onto the scenelast year with his stunning Parts of You & I release on No.19 Music. A drum machine and analoguesynthesiser-loving producer who was one half of Soho 808, he steps up here with something rather specialindeed given its excellent dynamism and devilish detial. Rock Lunar is a dynamic house track that ebbs andflows with huge and grainy synths, delightfully raw and hiccupping percussion and a chunky, locked in groove.Its cheeky and full of charisma from the muffled voices, quirky hooks and off kilter effects and is the sort ofthing that has crowds in raptures when dropped at the right moment.
Label co-owner and highly respected producer Nitin serves up the remix of this one and goes for something more direct and physical. Rubbery kick drums set a quick lick and sad minor chords dampening things down with a lovely dose of melancholia.
Another fine package from No 19 that really does offer four different tunes for four very different moments in any discerning DJs set. As has been highlighted already, Clayton Steele and Cameo Culture are two producers not to be ignored and this latest release is a perfect showcase of their prodigious talents.