When I first heard this track in a mixtape, I assumed the sharp breaks between piano stabs and slap bassline were the work of the DJ – the sort of almost-sloppy but blatant mixing that makes some of Rub N Tug‘s sets sound so great live whilst giving you a nostalgic hangover when you listen back at home. It turns out this cut by Fonda Rae was made that way. The piano sounds like it was ripped straight out of a Nineties house track, too. Sure, things get very soulful and a little bit gospel later on, so it’s not exactly a banger, but if you’re in a Larry Levan kind of place, it’ll go down a storm.
Meanwhile if that’s left you with a too-sweet early Eighties feel in your mouth, clear your palate with this brooding thumper from Kuedo (aka Jamie Teasdale, formerly one half of the cult dubstep outfit Vex’d). Though Skrillex would have you believe otherwise, big bass can be subtle.