Available: 5th July 2021
MADVILLA steps out on FUSE’s LOCUS imprint for the first time as he reveals his four-track ‘Old Flame’ EP.
London-based, American-born DJ and producer MADVILLA is a name making serious waves within house music at present, with his driving and slick take on the genre via the likes of ANOTR’s No Art, Seb Zito’s Seven Dials and his own Hot Wings imprint welcoming supporters in Jamie Jones, Stacey Pullen and FUSE head-honcho Enzo Siragusa to name just a few. Up next, the surging talent steps out on FUSE sister imprint LOCUS for the very first time, following his recent appearance at their London home of 93 Feet East, as he delivers his four-track ‘Old Flame’ EP this May.
Lead cut ‘So Bad’ kicks things off as crisp drums meet resonant stabs, sweeping melodies and infectious vocal coos, before introducing the spacey soundscapes and hypnotic pads of title track ‘Old Flame’, accented by Shyam P’s tripped-out vocals throughout. Next, ‘Orbit’ takes things up a gear as skipping percussion arrangements go to work beneath spiralling lasers and jacking hats, whilst closing track ‘Takeout’ dives into the afters as rubbery bass licks, hazy synths and rumbling low-ends take listeners on a warping UK-tinged journey through entrancing sounds.
A1. So Bad
A2. Old Flame (feat. Shyam P)
Available: 7th May 2021
LOCUS welcome You&Me boss Josh Baker this April as he delivers his ‘Slippers All Summer’ EP.
A fast-rising DJ, producer, and label owner quickly becoming a favourite of many across the UK and beyond, Manchester’s Josh Baker continues developing and evolving as one of the scene’s most promising new names. Having welcomed artists such as Apollonia, Traumer, Gene On Earth, and FUSE boss Enzo Siragusa to his own events, alongside the launch of the highly acclaimed Hide & Seek Festival, late April sees the emerging talent add to releases via Constant Sound sub-label ‘Aesthetic’, Sukhumvit and his own You&Me imprint with a debut outing on LOCUS as he delivers his four-track ‘Slippers All Summer’ EP.
A resonant cut fuelled by sweeping synths and rolling, organic percussion, title track ‘Slippers All Summer’ opens proceedings in fine fashion as Baker fuses rich melodies with skittering leads, whilst the driving ‘Fascinating’ combines sci-fi electronics with deep chords and warped vocal interjections. On the B-Side, slinking drums, icy hats, and rubbery stabs merge to form the slick ‘Jaffa’, before closing things out via the paired back, dubby aesthetics of the hazy ‘More Than Micro’.
b2. More Than Micro
Available: 19th February 2021
Stephan Bazbaz heads to LOCUS to deliver his Voyage EP, backed by a remix Casey Spillman.
An artist at the heart of Tel Aviv’s blossoming house and techno scene, Stephan Bazbaz continues to showcase his skills as one of the city’s leading lights within electronic music. With releases and remixes via the likes of Djebali, hedZup and INFUSE in 2020 alone, he now closes out a fruitful twelve months with an impressive label debut via FUSE imprint LOCUS to deliver three fresh cuts in the form of his ‘Voyage EP’ – whilst INFUSE regular and LOCUS alumni Casey Spillman makes a swift return to step up on remix duties.
A low-slung and moody effort from the off, opening cut ‘300’ combines swinging percussion and icy hats whilst escalating synths and rumbling sub-bass take hold and transport the production firmly into the peak hours – unsurprisingly featuring as a stand-out track within Enzo’s sets over the past 12 months. Next up, ‘Key To Success’ offers up a groove-heavy roller, with tracky drums guiding off-kilter samples and rich piano flourishes throughout, whilst Casey Spillman’s interpretation ups the energy levels as he works punchy kicks, warping synths and menacing low-end tones to turn in a bustling remix. To close, ‘The Life’ showcases yet another side of Bazbaz’s vast production skills, opting for hazy synths and dreamy chords to round out proceedings in impressive fashion.
a2. Key To Success
b1. Key to Success (Casey Spillman Remix)
b2. The Life