Brame & Hamo
Brame & Hamo Records
Out 24th June
Since featuring in The Electro Review last year, the Sligo pairing have been working hard. With four sell-out dates played in Australia, a feature in the legendary Mixmag Lab, and a mix made for the mystical Ninja Tunes and their Solid Steel Radio, it's amazing they've had time to make this record. It's taken tonnes of jam sessions and studio time, this 3 track EP focusses everything into something that serves up non-stop Brame & Hamo tech-house that makes you dance. Global DJs are making use of their records in all kinds of club settings, the Brame & Hamo brand is becoming extremely well established. They'll be on tour later this year as well, with dates in the USA, Canada, and in Asia.
Opener, Pressure, starts with a thumping beat. Chubby bass matches with snappy hats in a one-two rhythm that's quick enough to stand everyone up. Ghostly echoes slide in from the left and right sides in a breathing apparatus as if underwater. Wobbling synthesiser then casts a shadow across the entire image with pulsing tones, walking in time to the consistent drumming. Extra layers of percussion wander in, new levels of timing insert themselves between the dashing medley of synth and drum. Each pressure inducing bar defines another level in the escalating temperament of insistent dancing. There's a melodic breakdown half-way through. A shimmering line of crafting synthesiser snakes across the rooftops of the built-up streets and layers. Destined to build up once more, the thrashing cymbals provide a ladder for the rest of the track to climb. These are replaced by heady and pumping bass which becomes the sponge for the kick drum to begin pounding again.
Next up, a new style dance beat kicks off. It's got sloshy metalwork and rolling drums which match a steady and well manicured kick drum. Shaking tones crack the sides open as metal and wood crunch on stone. A vocal phonic breaks free, it's hard to tell if it's a yo or something that just sounds like it. Never mind though, it gives the track a feeling of fluffy humanity. Throbbing bass then sneaks in, a digital quaver in its tone like robots from science fiction, the melody swivels and swirls on the lower stave. Higher pitched sounds roll in and provide a siren like tempo which grabs us in the head and makes us move around. It simmers down for a moment, and what sounds like children playing echoes through the bubbling music. The build up is fast and with a sonic incline, the music reaches out once again with the revolving tones and waveforms of percussion. Transit is fun, it's got a sunny flavour and a classic energy that lives on forever.
Finally, we're hit over the head with Dial Up. Anyone remember the days of modem sounds and waiting for ages to see the content? Maybe these guys do. It begins with a raunchy beat, packed full of energetic drums. Synthesiser revs scratch and scamper in the bars while various samples add their distinctive qualities. Retro synth oscillations create vortices of analogue sounding bellows across a designer scale while extra layers of music and sound cut through to raise the dancing pressure. Swaying tons and rampant beats keep the track in the air as each turn on the vinyl juggles the energy and swagger in each hand. Hollers across the airwaves match up with head throbbing synth waves building and falling in regular bursts. A key change allows the track to push even higher with its intuitive moves, allowing the EP to finale on an exciting and morish edge.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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