Despite the EP title, this is actually a split release, with Step 2 by Fine Squad on one side, and Gaffy’s Last Call plus a Yakine & Yaroslave Remix of Step 2 on the other.
Fine Squad's Step 2, then, is an insistent, driving houser that’s possibly a little too upbeat to really call ‘deep house’ but, y’know, is. Think Sueno Latino meets jazz meets a big bag of party Smarties on a dancefloor and you’re somewhere in the ballpark. The Yakine & Yaroslav Remix is a more reserved take that’s as suited to sofa-surfing as it is to rump-shaking; it loses the scat vox and adds some dark and twisted low-end techno drama towards the end.
And then finally Last Call is all thumping, near-tribal riddims, but topped off with some breathless boy-gal love talk, before it explodes into an Afro-disco freakout. There’s a lot to take in, all in the one track, but it’ll do the damage for sure, and you can see why the likes of Loco Dice have been propping this rising French producer for sure.
Out: This week
About: This comes atcha on Gaffy’s own label, 9am Recordings. Find ’em on MySpace
6 months ago