After a deceptively quiet 2017, Especial picks up the pace pace by welcoming back the peroxide, youth filled Fairplay (re)version and a 2nd EP of old-skool-meets-the-new-school flavoured House and Breaks to lock, jock and spin.
After the criminally overlooked ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ EP – how is Classic Version not a…classic…version? – Junior gets back on the (lino) floor. The EP starts with a look north to the ‘other city of 7 hills’ that birthed a warp’d British retake on House in his bleep-dub ode, End Of Love. The autobiographical title belies a forward approach with his trademark echobox kick’n’hats underpinning uplifting keys and nodding bleep finger solo.
Who to join the party then, than another man of mystery, Roy Of The Ravers. After his debut EP on sister label Emotional Response became a most played from Aphex et al, it is only right to bring him to E’Special. His brooding, hoover rush Remix 1 heightens the vibes with a heads down bleeping half-steppa. Righteous!
The flip is given over to Junior’s roots, bringing the hip-hopper back with the anthemic The Shazsquatch Goes Back Into The Woods. No shoc(k) horror here, just more upwardly mobile breakbeat meets UK techno licks. You can hear Fairplay at one with man and machine, pushing a sound that looks back but most definitely goes forward with ‘Sunrise’ on the mind.
To close is the swagger of EP title cut, Faxes From The Future. Hair of the (black) dog fuses a swinging break with proto-dub-meets-Giallo stylings to rework the senses and say, now is (still) the time!
A return to making the noise while keeping tongue planted firmly in cheek. What are u like? Top. Buzz.