Release Date: 09.09.16
South London favourites Chaos in the CBD come back to Rhythm Section International one year after their breakthrough EP ‘Midnight in Peckham’. The original EP captured a moment in time in a way few songs can manage. It was hailed as a masterpiece, capturing the attention of all who listened, as evidenced by the unquenchable demand for the 12”.
This follow up EP is an equally sublime collection of tracks that revel in the late night soulful feel that Chaos in The CBD have been honing over the past two years. The music’s strength lies in it’s subtlety - the tracks demand your attention in an effortless fashion and hold it, right ‘till the last beat. Another unbelievably powerful record from RS INTL, who are proving to be unstoppable of late. BUY ON SIGHT!
a1. Invisible Spectrum
b2. Significant Others
Release Date 11.11
Bradley met Duke Hugh in Amsterdam, when he handed him a green USB stick after a show. He played the promos in the empty club and the first track immediately grabbed his attention - he knew it was something special. When he remembered the hook to Green Leaf the next morning he signed the release almost instantly.
Each song has its own essence, there is absolutely no filler and the entire double pack sits together as a perfect whole. Flirting with aspects of broken beat, Jazz, hip hop and dreamy electronica - Duke Hugh winds together a most idiosyncratic release equally at home on the peak time dancefloor as it would be for a long road trip. Canvas is a big statement from an artist who's here to stay.
a3. Church In The Wild
c1. Loft Nights
c2. Your Number
After a string of well received releases on the likes of 22a and Alexander Nut’s Hotep, Henry Wu steps forth with his most bold statement to date with ‘Good Morning Peckham’ on the Rhythm Section International Imprint.
Arguably one of the most hotly-tipped producers in the UK right now, Wu’s broken compositions and deep jazzy keys have earned him plaudits from scene veterans as well as peers, all keen to see what Henry will do next.
With a refreshing take on rhythm and a virtuosic musicality born out of years of recording and touring as a session player, Henry Wu represents a brightly shining light in the already glowing London community.
Equally adept on the keyboard as he is on the MPC, on Good Morning Peckham, we are also given a further insight into the mind of Wu as he takes to the mic - toasting along to the soon-to-be-classic ‘ Croydon Depot’ and spitting on the intro to the broken beat inspired ‘Neezy’.
A South East Londoner born and bred, Henry’s debut on Rhythm Section has been a long time coming and it seems that it was worth the wait as Henry presents 6 tracks of white hot intention.
Henry Wu is a name that we’re going to hear a lot more of in the future….
Good morning Peckham!
a1. Intro (Rhythm & Rice)
a2. Dubplate Special
a3. Croydon Depot
b1. Neezy (Wok)
b2. Yellow Brick
b3. Good Morning Pecknaam
A1 – Searching: Prequel starts the EP with a very live sounding jazz house noodling affair, vocoder vox samples drift over a funky freestyle bass and supporting percussion. This is wrapped in soft stab sounds and retro pad atmospherics that have a laid back sophistication to them, very Sunday afternoon chilling in a café stroking your beard.
A2 – Fidelio: This track has a more traditional house structure albeit with a certain swing to the percussion, a lush kick drum sound drives the track along with tappy percussive vibes bolted to it. The use of jazz style stabs is evident again on this tune and the minimalistic way in which they are used has a really sense of space within the track.
B1 – Michelle: Oscillating synth sounds are the order of the day here and the way that they progress into the main body of the track is very innovative and done with class. An eerie main pad sound rises up through the mix of the tune and adds a suspense to the more soothing lead sounds. The percussive element of the track has a great groove to it and adds a kind of half step vibe through the main 4 / 4 structure.
B2 – The Test Dream: The EP closes with a kicked back track that slows everything down, focusing on more of a looped sample style that uses a downtempo breakbeat kind of atmosphere over the looping lead sounds. The mix of percussion on the track is well thought out going from a very traditional house style into the offbeat breaks and back again really works well and has an originality to it.
Polite Strangers EP by Prequel has definitely got the laid back vote for people who love their tunes to have the certain jazzed smoky style and vibe to them, the is a lot of innovation on this EP and the way that the tracks form as a whole is very cool indeed, well worth adding to the collection.
a1. Prequel - Searching
a2. Prequel - Fidelio
b1. Prequel - Michelle
b2. Prequel - The Test Dream