Fresh off of a European tour with Juke Bounce Werk mainstays Kush Jones and Swisha, Bronx native DJ & producer Bassbear (Reynaldo Hernandez) aligns with Loveless Records’ Club Music focused sublabel Materia for his first official solo release. With 5 originals, “Under Pressure EP” is a beautiful demonstration of finely-tuned club music from a producer who is 1/2 of Club/Grime/Footwork hybrid outfit OSOBLANCO with fellow Bronx native EL BLANCO NINO and a frequently collaborator with fellow Bronx producers Los, Scatta, & Bojaq.
With no time for delicate intros, Bassbear kicks off right away with an ominous low-end club track “Step Child,” featuring perfectly complimentary vocals from Queens rapper & poet GETOVERHER. Following is the Swisha collaboration “Dancefloor Jam,” featuring addictive elements of UK Funky and classic UK Rave stabs built into a traditional US club track. Middle track “Speed Limit” can’t sit still with a menagerie of rhythmic Club patterns topped with iconic Grime clicks and snares. “Perfect Dance” and “Grease Mode” call upon a 90s club aesthetic for deceptively simple DJ tools while the latter invokes Ballroom vocals.
For a bonus, Sweaty Equity bossman JX Cannon (and first MATERIA artist) flips “Dancefloor Jam” into a dark, tribal meditation with hints of French Electro synth work. Long term Loveless Records affiliate Kala concludes the EP with a half-time UK version of “Perfect Dance”
“Under Pressure” by Bassbear will be available on Friday, October 13th through all digital stores and streaming services.
released October 13, 2017
All music written by Reynaldo Hernandez
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