Release Date - 18th January 2019
Hot off the back of a well-received debut 12” - ‘Probabilidades’ EP - published on Phuture Shock Musik some 10 months ago, Damián Botigué aka Karmasound returns to deliver his follow-up release on the Bristol label, by name of ‘Can See Thru You’.
For this second outing, the Barcelona-based producer steps into a collaborative mode and calls up on the smoky vocal talents of upcoming singer-songwriter Jedreck, to present a jazzy, late-night bruk affair with a range of influences that includes Neo soul, Latin jazz, Detroit house and broken beat, all doused in soulful warmth. In addition to the lead track, the release also features two inspired remixes by Bristol’s very own soulful house don Sean McCabe, plus a bonus original track on the B-side to top off the disc.
Opening up the A-Side is the vocal-led broken house jam ‘Can See Thru You’, where featured vocalist Jedreck croons his way over a jazz-infused composition laced with melancholy synthpads, wriggly P-funk synths and skippy, Afro-Latin rhythms that progresses into a low-swung, four-to-the floor bounce sounding straight out of Detroit. Next follows Sean McCabe’s Broken Mind Mix of ‘Can See Thru You’, who reimagines the track into a lively bruk roller geared more towards the dancefloor and injects an infectious feel-good vibe through the supplement of groovy keys and a frenzy of lustrous synths around the vocals, whilst driven by a funky drum pattern and lilting, boogie-indebted bass. Side B of the single is home to the second of Sean McCabe’s remixes of the A-side cut, where he harks back to the 90’s with an epic US garage dub, that trims down Jedreck’s vox and invites new musical elements to the forefront such as uplifting strings, funky synth hooks and a display of dexterous organ solos as the track evolves; altogether anchored by solid TR909 beats and a mighty synthbass groove redolent of Kerri Chandler. Rounding off proceedings is the nocturnal broken grooves of ‘Another Way’ which combines sensuous Rhodes chords and percussive, rolling drums with warm analogue bass and tasty synth licks that evokes the future boogie jazz-funk deeds of genre masters Dego + Kaidi Tatham; coupled with a yearnful vocal refrain sung by Karmasound and sultry backing vocals from frequent collaborator Sara Bee.
a1. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck
a2. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck (Sean McCabe Broken Mind Remix)
b1. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck (Sean McCabe 909 Dub)
b2. Karmasound - Another Way