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Brackles Songs for Endless Cities Review

Compilation. Released 2010.  

BBC Review

A primer, or a snapshot, of bass music that’s cookin’ in 2010.

Noel Gardner 2010

London producer Brackles’ first release was less than two years ago, and he was still effectively a brand new face in the record racks when enlisted to remix Kid Cudi’s Day ‘n’ Nite – the original, blog-friendly 2008 release, rather than the one from last year which smashed the UK and US charts to bits, but still. An idea of exactly how much of a name he’s made for himself among consumers of the freshest electronic sounds can, however, be found in the very existence of Songs for Endless Cities, which is a 17-track mix released by the venerable and respected German label !K7 (actually a brand new sublabel, Cool in the Pool, if we’re being technical). They don’t let just anybody sling some tracks together for their imprint, and Brackles – real name Rob Kemp – justifies their trust with a fluid, zippy mix.

Where some of your proverbial hot-to-trot dance producers might have been keen to show the breadth of their influences with a generation-spanning mix tying together disparate eras, Kemp’s modus operandi here is to forge rhythmic links among the best tracks to have emerged from a few specific scenes in the last year or two. There’s dubstep, or at least dubstep-related artists – 2562 and the elusive Zomby, plus a new track from Brackles (a regular on influential radio station Rinse), the bleepy and beatific Blo. There are folks intrinsic to the development of UK funky, namely Roska with his terrific I Need Love, and the likes of Cooly G and Deadboy who exist closer to the genre’s fringes. There are names like Flying Lotus and Dorian Concept who shrug off simple genre pigeonholing, while donating enough beat creativity and rude bass to ensure they slot amongst the (largely UK-based) line-up with ease.

Anyone who is even moderately entrenched in the loosely-defined British bass music scene of the moment should be familiar with a lot of the tracks on here; to that end, it’s likely that Brackles intends Songs for Endless Cities as a primer, or a snapshot, of what’s especially cookin’ in 2010. In this he passes with flying colours.

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