Our boys Contakt & Mayster just dropped a monster EP on the ever tropical Dutty Artz complete with remixes from TURRBOTAX® veterans Doc Daneeka and Matt Shadetek! We’ve been bumpin’ to it for months but if you need further proof here’s what the internet has to say:
“Off the back of his Local Action roller, Contakt links with Mayster for two crisp and slick Funky-Tech joints backed by Doc Daneeka and Matt Shadetek remixes. ‘Korak’ layers sharp bleeps and lazer-guided squelch stabs on a shuffling Funky-tek rhythm, while ‘Opar’ is more classic, chords-driven House. Doc Daneeka embellishes this vibe with tidy congas and bubbling synth surfaces, but Matt Shadetek’s is the one to check, turning ‘Korak’ with a Mexicano Tribal tuck”
“The four-song EP is an undeniably strong release. On his past solo efforts, Contakt has skillfully interweaved Detroit-style synths with more upfront, UK-influenced rhythms, with an end result that is often smooth, precise, and melodically driven. Perhaps it’s the influence of Mayster, but Korak is decidedly tougher, with harder, more organic, and, yes, slightly tribal drum sounds. (No, the Tarzan-referencing song titles “Korak” and “Opar” are not completely random.) The first minutes of “Korak” offer a hard-hitting whirlwind of clanging drum sounds, gradually folding in thudding bass notes and miniscule synth stabs before the song’s principal, high-pitched melody is unveiled. The track is almost a throwback to the drum-heavy sounds of first-wave UK funky, yet skillfully avoids sounding dated. “Opar” relies on a similar sound palette, although the tune has a more defined groove and instead hints at ’90s house while riding its melody and chunky bassline.”
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