Release: Adesse - Adesse Versions (White Label)
House-step // Dub
There’s nothing quite like unearthing a white label while crate digging in your local record shop, especially when it’s new and - allegedly - from a Manchester-based producer. Of course it wasn’t this fact alone that caught our attention. What stands out most about this record is how it correlates directly with an emerging trend over 3000 miles away. The place is Chicago. The trend is house-step. Once again the Mount Olympus of house music has spawned a new electronic movement, a commendable feat in a time when there is much regurgitation.
So here we have the elusive Adesse sneaking us his 4 track white label ‘Versions,’ which may well be one of the first, tangible UK house-step records. From the moment the needle hits the wax on side A the listeners are plunged into a dark thunderdrome of switching rhythms being juggled around reverberated claps and warm pulsing basses. Across the pond this is the kind of stuff that is fuelling the parties where Juking has replaced Jacking in youth music culture.
Flip to side B and the atmosphere alters to something a little more familiar: Sunday-paced dub drones and half-time beats replace the sweatbox image, giving way to a more spaced out vibe and before the record winds to a stop the airwaves are submerged in a moody and elegant Portishead-esque backdrop; something altogether more familiar to us languorous Brits.
Available on white-label only and therefore in limited number, you would be a lucky soul indeed to get your hands on this rare and refreshingly varied record, so get digging to avoid disappointment!
Released: July 2012 // Label: WHITE
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