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GU2026V
ARTIST
SMALL PYRAMIDS
TITLE
SLOW IT DOWN
LABEL
Glasgow Underground
CATALOGUE
GU2026V
FORMAT
12"
RELEASE DATE
    2013/09/16
TERRITORY
WORLDWIDE
GENRE
ALL ARTISTS
DESCRIPTION

Small Pyramids is LA’s Zach Hunsaker. Heavily influenced by nu-disco, early house music and edit culture, Zach began cutting up old disco, funk and r&b tracks for his DJ gigs in Los Angeles as Small Pyramids. Making the move from producing edits to sampling for original tracks was a natural progression and crucial step to developing a unique style. As a result of remixing acts like NightWaves and Arohan, Small Pyramids gained blog exposure on sites like Disco Workout, Tracasseur, In the Deep End and Disco Delicious. The first Small Pyramids EP, “Another Way to Feel” was released late in 2010 to great critical acclaim and shortly thereafter Zach signed to Glasgow Underground.

His first single, the foot-stomping disco of “I Want Blood” came out on a limited 12” in November 2011 and made it straight into DJ Magazine’s Tunes of the Year. Zach followed that up with a contribution to GU’s “Spring/Summer Collection 2012. “The Music” is a slice of prime time hands-in-the-air goodness complete with elated vocals and butt-wiggling bass. Diverse DJs began picking up on Zach’s sound with Rub’n’Tug, Laurent Garnier, Grum, PBR Streetgang and Harri from the Sub Club all play-listing his tracks.

As well as his original material Zach remixed Mary Epworth, Sam Sparro and local hero Goldroom and found blogs like Golden Scissors and La.Ga.Sta full of love for his sun-kissed sounds.

2013 saw Zach featuring on GU’s “Summer of Love” compilation. “Don’t Do It To Me” is his city’s take on the garage revival. Out went the M1 organ sound of Ejeca et al and in came touches of Todd Edwards and MJ Cole all wrapped up in a blissed-out Small Pyramids groove. Meggy loved it, Gilles Peterson described it as “killer” and Agoria said it was simply “a bomb”.

The album “Slow It Down” takes in these three and adds 7 more slow burning, unforgettable jams. There’s the title track with its looping, lazy vocals and glittering synths, the joyous heavy thump of “Look No Further”, the raw cut-up funk of “Lil’ Bit” and the hypnotic piano love song “I’m Gonna Beg You”. And that’s before Zach takes you to the heart of his dance-floor with the three singles.

Add to that the mid-tempo R’n’B pilfering of “Make It Smoother” and two near-perfect chill-out tracks “Stranded” & “Warmer” and you have the kind of album that sounds as good in the sunrise café’s of Ibiza as it does in the basement clubs of London’s East End and the pool-side parties of Zach’s own LA.

Published: July 25, 2013