Music Review: Various Artists - Body Movement 002

London-based veteran Robert James is about to drop the 2nd chapter on his own newborn label Body Movement. Despite being not very active in the studio during the last years, the man has never lost interesting in music, collaborating and directing the big Paradise brand, which has seen him participate since the beginning. The label's name is inspired by one of his first tunes, and now, 10 years later since its release, he's about to open his own one, drawing to all the precious influences collected over the years.

 

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After a solid first EP by Robert himself last year, the label is ready to unleash another beast-wax which contains 4 original pieces by Robert James & Jack Michael, LVCA & Sidd, Frazer Campbell and North Phase.

 

Kickin' off with "B2A", head-honcho James join forces with fellow-Londoner and 2-steps specialist Jack Michael (INSTINCT, Dansu Discs) for an electro-inspired piece, with an unrestrainable and rough bassline which is magnificently balanced in the break by some lush female whispers and deep house strings.

 

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Then is "Chroma" by the collaborative project between LVCA (a familiar face for the DC10-heads) and Sidd. Together, they're running Dacha an Ibiza-based shop and record label and for their debut release, they've provided an housy dancefloor roller with catchy synths and smart arpeggiator lines which bring us back immediately to the early 90's Italian-house days. The wavy bassline is glued with a sick acid line and creates the perfect scenario for the delicate analogue groove patterns to shine.

 

Up next, "One Armed Bandit" by garage maestro Frazer Campbell perfectly showcase his ability on crafting freaky late-night cuts with seriously warped synths and naughty basslines, all enclosed into a massive 136 bpm anthem.

 

Closing the EP is "Zone 1", which also sanctions the debut of North Phase, a collaborative project between long-time friends Rober James and Burnski. The pair, 10 years later their hit "Malibu" on Hot Creations, decided to join forces again and "Zone 1" is the result: a hard and direct 909 drum section stands out above cinematic atmospheres, epic pads and rumbling basslines, wisely alternating 4/4 floor beats to breakbeat moments.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti