Discovering and nourishing fresh new talent is one of the primal thrills of any label’s A & R process. Unearthing production gems that spring up close to home doubles the enjoyment. Culprit’s next release – it’s 23rd EP – ticks both of those boxes while fulfilling the label’s foremost mission of delivering quality authentic dance music of depth and feeling.
Fledgling duo, Climbers are at the helm of this impressive release. Based in the city of Mexicali, part of the Mexican Baja California - a mere 3-hour drive from Los Angeles and much closer to it in ethos - the fast-rising production team deliver their very first ever EP of original material, ‘Law of Attraction,’ with poise, brimming with confidence and infectious energy, unburdened by expectation. On the basis of this strong debut statement, Climbers – aka Jay Blakk and Kiko Deal – stand on the verge of an enormously promising future in dance music. Indeed, their follow-up EP has already been snapped up by the terrific Nurvous label and Climbers will continue to figure prominently in Culprit’s 2012, with their second EP for the Los Angeles imprint already in the works
Like most of Culprit’s releases, ‘Law of Attraction’ is a natural outgrowth of long-term artist nurturing. From the very first demos sent to the label in late 2010 to the four superb tracks on this EP, Climbers and Culprit worked intently on focusing the young artists’ style and quality of music to both suit the label’s sensibility and deliver the strongest possible statement for the new producers.
The four songs that make up ‘Law of Attraction’ are all deeply rooted in US soul music: from Motown references on ‘All Right’ to disco- and vocal deep house touches on ‘Losing You,’ to ‘Go With the Flow’ that’s bursting with smooth R’n’Binfused electronic funk and more ominously melodic ‘OWS.’ Bold and brash basslines, definitive electro pulse and memorable vocal hooks unify the EP. This is the sound of young talent first uncovering their musical potency and revelling in its possibilities. Culprit are excited to provide the springboard for the new boys in town – Climbers.
Published: 12th April 2012