Leeds based label Outcross records has been consistently building on its reputation as a reliable outlet for floor filling house music for a while now, and here returns with another red-hot package. This one comes from Funky Fat with remixes from label boss Miguel Campbell, MAM and Matt Hughes.
Gui Santoro, Thiago Guimarães, Rafael Cury and Manu d’Alcântara are the names behind the Brazilian band FUNKY FAT that is taking the house scene by storm. Their sound has a strong crossover appeal that’s full of deep energy and funky grooves and has so far found support with tastemakers like Solomun, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. To date the band have released on Hot Creations and got airplay all over the world as a result.
First single ‘Ride in the City’ is a gorgeous, sumptuous bit of house music with warm, creamy beats and synths and perfect neo-soul vocals. There’s a live feel to the percussion and twinkling keys that really strike at your heart. So does the bassline, a round, bulbous affair that is supple as it is sexual: this one is sure to be one of the hits of the summer.
The first remix comes from talented label boss Miguel Campbell. As well as turning out an album on Hot Creations, so has the man done an Essential Mix in recent times. He is at the very heart of the contemporary house scene and his remix proves why. Slowing things down to a sensual crawl there is more room to breath in this mix. The lulling kicks, heavenly pads and breathy vocals all sooth your soul and scream to be played at some pool party during the summer months thanks to their perfectly libidinous vibes.
Next up is the MAM remix – MAM is Miguel and fellow Leeds man Matt Hughes whose most recent works have been remixes of Climbers, Deadmau5 and Flight Facilities, as well as putting out releases via Wolf+Lamb, Future Classic, Hot Creations and Outcross itself. Together MAM up the disco ante with arp’ed synth lines, sprinkles of cosmic dust and lazy basslines that are delightfully uplifting. Buy this EP digitally and you will also get an exclusive remix from Hughes on his own. It’s a delightfully soulful and poppy affair awash with jazz chords and plenty of sing a long vocals that will calm you down and chill your right out no matter your mood.
Funky Fat then offer up ‘So Hot’, another breezy bit of deep and pop leaning house that is impossible not to nod to. Poised bass notes, louche claps and starry night sky keys all come together to magical and mind melting effect.
Published: 27th March 2014