Fat and filthy basslines and a nod to old school UK garage is the order of the day at Ellum Audio for debut single on the label from Brighton wonder boy Sam Watts aka Maxxi Soundsystem. ‘Stella’s Way’ is a glorious slice of big room fun and it comes equipped with a pair of tasty remixes from he-can-do-no-wrong-Huxley and the rising Shall Ocin.
The original mix of ‘Stella’s Way’ is destined to be a club monster much like any given Maxxi Soundsystem track due to the producer’s innate ability to make propulsive music with giant hooks, where lively percussion is injected with heavy dose of low end. Sampling an old UK garage classic, a vocal that feeds in and out of the rolling pumpy groove, the track builds with a bubbling barrage of synths and a twisting acid bassline.
Self-confessed garage head and contender for artist of the year Michael Dodman aka Huxley steps up for the first remix delivering a choppier affair with a down and dirty rattling groove and garage bass stabs. Huxley has spent the past year becoming a household name with massive releases on Leftroom, Hypercolour, Tsuba and 2020 Vision as well as co-running the label Saints and Sonnets. Argentinian born Nicolas Abalos aka Shall Ocin lends a different spin to ‘Stella’s Way’, working into the mix, some euphoric synths, intricate drum beats and melodic and muscular bassline.
Sam Watts aka Maxxi Soundsystem is another mega talent for UK house and has been reaping more and more fans ever since he first exploded onto the scene with ‘Criticize’ in 2011 and later with a string of addictive releases on Futureboogie, Needwant and Nurvous. Ellum Audio extends its family a little wider to welcome this kindred musical sprit.
Published: 4th October 2012