London's transmitter of all things slinky Funkineven teams up with upcoming Detroit houser Jay Daniel to deliver a slab of big beats on Apron. The A side is armed with a dirty acid bassline that harks straight from the scene of the late 80s/early 90s, complete with a vintage drum machine groove. The B side takes it down a notch, teasing a full rhythm but keeping it restrained, with nervier street-corner melodies dotted throughout.
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6/10 Laurie Staff review, 02 September 2014
Detroit rising star Jay Daniel joins London's Funkineven on the latest Apron 12", and has left more than a subtle mark of his hometown on this collab, sounding a small departure from Funkineven's earlier, more soulful Eglo releases.
The A-side is all big, dark room atmosphere - a midtempo kick is joined by an acid wonk bassline which more or less remains throughout, never letting the energy drop, just adding varying bursts of hihat. This is absolutely the standout side, with real confidence in its execution that will surely get it a few spins in da klubs. The flip is pretty underwhelming, even when taken as the chilled out accompaniment that it is intended to be. It's a hazy world of dub-murk, with very sparse synth melodies that rarely resolve. This wouldn't be a problem, had the track not felt so lazily put together - each layer hasn't been given enough attention to be unique, something so necessary in the saturated scene that is modern electronica.
This innovation however hasn't really been at the core of Funkineven's style, and I'd say he should stick with what he knows best - delivering slabs of heavyweight dancefloor groove.
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