4,853 miles separates London and Tony Yeboah¹s birthplace of Kumasi, but new
London label Kumasi Music intends to bridge the gap sonically with their
debut EP. Leeds-based Kreature, whose first four releases have furnished the
top ten of the Beatport Nu-Disco charts, absolutely outdoes himself for the
first Kumasi EP, with two original tracks of funk and flex. These pave the
way for three mighty remixes from other members of the Kumasi gang;
Belgium¹s finest Kolombo, Russian beatmaker S.K.A.M., and hotly tipped
Lithuanian disco men Markas and Mindaugelis.
What You Want¹ opens the label¹s account, with dropped kick drums, sharp
claps and future facing synths out in force to mesmerise and invigorate
dancefloors. Despite plenty of details, it¹s no doubt the bouncing bassline
that provides the tracks bristling energy, a club-oriented counterpoint to
the alluring female voice whispering sweet nothings at the back of the
track. Second up, You Can¹ operates in deep disco-house mode. Gently
underlapping kicks caress the colourful, skyward chords, whilst an
androgynous, sultry voice charms the spaces left behind. Pristine
production and meticulous melodies make the track as intriguing as it is
danceable, paving the way for a trio of remixes.
The first remix comes from Kolombo, a deep house producer of heavyweight
proportions following well received EPs on Kompakt, Ghostly International,
Noir and Solomun¹s 2DIY4 label. He re-imagines You Can¹ as a more bulbous
and boisterous nu-disco cut with molten bass stands and hip swinging claps
forming infectious step and vibe around which the drizzled melodies
As for the S.K.A.M. remix, it¹s a firm favourite of 2020Vision boss Ralph
Lawson who has championed it at Space Ibiza this season to wicked effect.
It¹s no surprise the track has been so well received given its upright and
euphoric disco persona. Finally, Lithuanian newcomer Markas teams up with
Mindaugelis for the final re-rub, with their version of You Can¹ stuffed
with acidy little twitches, swathes of echo on the claps and a slurred,
ethereal bassline that conjures a mysterious dead of night feel from start
You Can is an EP that not only marks out Kreature as a producer very much to
keep an eye on, but also announces Kumasi Music as a label of soul, groove
and impressively polished production.