After an incredible whirlwind of a year Lee Foss returns to the Culprit fore with ‘Your Turn Girl’. Foss is the label’s most consistent and prolific artist with this EP being his fourth release, solo or as part of Hot Natured. It is safe to say, Lee has become one of the pillars around which Culprit is being built. The ‘Your Turn Girl’ EP carries Foss signature hallmarks: melodic funk-infused basslines, vocal hooks that grab you from the off and a smooth electronic edge. Lee’s incredibly emotive sound makes him stand out even in the current glut of soulful dance music washing over the global scene.
Your Turn Girl - the title track is an epitome of Foss’ “ominous funk” style, playful yet with a distinctly sultry edge. Yet another memorable R’n’B’ female vocal bit sits on top of some of Lee’s own best synth work. And driven by a killer analogue bassline. ‘Pyramid Scheme’ –bristles with the disco-inspired propulsive energy. An acid-flecked low end, that comes to the fore mid-way through, a swirling guitar sample, the crisply sharp drums add up to the release’s, perhaps, most hands-in-the air moment.
‘Cabin Party’ continues the themes Lee explored with his mega successful Hot Creations EP. Foss eschews the standard house beat yet again; opting for his most organic drums yet, stunningly conceived textures and melodies, with another pair of vocal hooks to die for.
Finally ‘Warriors’ has been a staple of many a Culprit DJ set for the best part of 2010. Lee’s trademark combination of a terrific electronic bassline, and an unabashedly emotional sample work make for a deep house stand-out tinged with a sense of nostalgia.
Published: 12th January 2011