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artworks-000075230406-0hs8r6-t500x500.jpgLabel: CUFFScore: 8/10

As noted elsewhere, Amine Edge & DANCE’s way of working is a far from subtle one. On the contrary, their modus operandi is full-on, relentless, in-your-face house music and when you’re taking the time to listen to their band of ‘G-house’, it’s perhaps best that you just it on its own merits. So it’s with some delight that we tell you that the latest release from their quickly ubiquitous CUFF label is a rather wholesome delight, even if the protagonist, Volac, does insist on giving his tracks names such as ‘Drug Dealer’. Hey, we told you they weren’t subtle.

Anyway, on to the music. It’s actually the aforementioned ‘Drug Dealer’ which gets us going. A real sound assault, there are echoes of Dance Mania fare here, with the ghetto vocals, the alarm sounds and the bumping bassline all playing prevalent roles. With sounds like this, it’s not hard to realise just why Volac came to Amine Edge & DANCE’s attentions. Rafael Carvahlho’s remix isn’t a million miles away from the original (save for a few delay effects), although it too is a forceful workout of the type that’ll get down and dirty on the ‘floor.

”Snapback” uses some unusual samples (in this case, it’s the sound of shooting guns), although the sprightly synths are a real force to be reckoned with – as is the claps and basslines. You could hardly expect respite to arrive so late into the equation, and thanks to Fromdroptilldawn, you get nothing of the sort. They turn in a remix of the latter that splices the vocal into smithereens. It’s hard to pick a winner here, but perhaps it’s time we revelled in this time rather than constantly critiquing it. Either way, I’ve got down to much, much worse before.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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