Futureboogie poster boys Behling & Simpson step up for another masterclass in low slung, bass tinged house, enlisting the skills of hot London based producer James Fox for ‘EP2’.
With past releases garnering support from industry heavyweights such as Pete Tong, Tensnake, Julio Bashmore and Funk D’Void, honorary Bristolians and long-time DJs Behling & Simpson are truly carving out a place in the UK house scene. All about the space explored at the lower bpms, making room for swing and groove whilst keeping it bumping and flooded with warm bass – a B&S track can sound like Derrick Carter on codeine. With classic jungle and techno at the roots of their musical upbringing and an extensive collection of solo releases between them under various guises, B&S have taken their passion for drums, swing and bounce to the house range with sparkling results on the Futureboogie imprint. Watch out for the Boogiefuturo Edits series (featuring re-licks of Faith Evans and Julio Bashmore), soon to be re-pressed after taking the world by storm last year.
The first two tracks of ‘EP2’ demonstrate the sheer studio compatibility with James Fox as ‘Work That Body’ launches the EP with a richly layered dance floor workout centred on a classic RnB sample. As ever it’s a full-bodied seductive treat where more is more and slow is best as plenty of low-end rumbles underneath the pitched down jacking groove and uplifting keys. Next up, the more subtle analogue stylings of ‘Tangled’ teem with rhythmic nuances, thickly layered percussion and melodic curves.
Another talent at the forefront of the new breed, James Fox, made a huge impact with his debut releases ‘Put It Back’ on TAKE Records and the mighty summer 2011 anthem ‘New Jack Swing’ on Brighton’s Well Rounded Housing Project. James met Behling & Simpson back in the day when they used to go raving in the same dingy sweatboxes in Manchester. Aliases, musical styles and cities have since changed and while they may spend less time bonding at Whalley Range after parties, the producers have thankfully ended up in the studio together where the chemistry is clear.
The second half of the EP is pure Behling & Simpson, with ´AAW´ being their take on chunky drum-led NY House with a twist, while ´Good Thang´ takes classic New Jack Swing as a starting part, before veering off wildly into the world of swinging drums and bass-led grooves. In a nutshell, another golden release for Futureboogie.