Next up on Crosstown Rebels comes the second outing for British institution Matthew ‘Bushwacka’ B under new guise Just Be. The ‘Annabelle’ release is a rumbling jungle of percussion; from moody and deep to down right stormy, these are high-octane cuts that deserve a cave rave soundsystem.
Title track ‘Annabelle’ is a dubby, atmospheric late night jam with grubby sub-bass snarl and morphing bleeps and effects weaved around molten vocal cuts. As the muffled voice creeps up from the abyss, all elements work in hypnotic symbiosis for the dancefloor.
On the B-side, ‘More and More’ gets two incarnations. The ‘house mix’ works an irresistible tribal roll, a loop of twinkling keys raining on Bushwacka’s signature drums. Deftly layering touches of the strange with disembodied vocals, Bushwacka certainly has an intrinsic gift for unearthly moods. In the ‘deep mix’ the percussive storm takes hold again as dark stabs puncture abstract, eerie melodies.
An integral figure in UK rave culture, Matthew B aka Bushwacka! and the man behind The End Soundsystem and esteemed duo Layo & Bushwacka! is still on a tireless mission to make people dance, settling for now on doing so as Just Be.
Having emerged in the late 80s, making his indelible mark as a DJ with four residencies in London every weekend most notably at the legendary End nightclub that became his spiritual home for 14 years, Matthew was catapulted into the International circuit. Making music was always in Matthew’s blood however and the artist has a phenomenal six artist albums under his belt (a seventh on the way this year) as well as over 120 remixes, and 160 tracks. Moniker Just Be is making its mark on 2012 with releases signed, sealed and delivered on Get Physical, Maison D'etre, Plus 8, and Intec Digital and with gigs at some of the best clubs and festivals on the circuit.
Published: 16th August 2012