Saturday, 7 June 2014

Ashworth - Farrell EP - Native City

Love it when a plan comes together. And in common with many of the best ones, it was hatched over a beer or two and a chance encounter, on this occasion with London-based label Native City.

The imprint promises groove-based beats designed for jacking and with the rather terrific Farrell EP from one-to-watch Ashworth, they sure don‘t disappoint. No sir-ree.

Title cut Farrell is muscular and precise, a well-honed hunk of a track that really gains momentum the further you wade in yet with the addition of some deft touches and neat vocal snatches is far from formulaic. The re-shape from the criminally-underrated Dudley Strangeways (Leftback/Deso) is somewhat looser in the nicest possible way. It’s groovy too for sure and is a fitting introduction to those that don’t know him yet of a producer that is really coming into form. Recommended? You bet.

Chopper is a cheeky little number too; infectious, funky, hypnotic. Mike Starr’s re-work is something of, ahem, a star turn. Mesmerising, garage flavoured and beautifully bumpin’ to boot, the cut also makes splendid use of The Wild Angels sample made famous by Andrew Weatherall on Primal Scream’s Loaded.

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