Brawther ‘Do It Yourself EP’

Brawther / Do It Yourself EP

Vinyl / Digital

Secretsundaze / Released May 23rd 2011


What does it sound like?

A ten-year-old clubbing institution launching a new label, and bringing a young Parisian to the fore. That the producer apparently has a penchant for ‘vintage gear’ is quite audible, as both his tracks sound warm and expansive if nothing else. Though there is plenty more to say.

Inviting George FitzGerald to get stuck in with a remix provides a nice contrast to the original work on here, which is, on the whole, straight up house for the organ and vocal sample-loving masses. Both the first outing, Spaceman Funk, and second (title) track are rooted in all the genre is and was, melding broken percussion with old school string refrains and stabbed melodies.

Where would I dance to it?

Anywhere that likes four fours upbeat and soulful, though flipping it reveals darker intentions- adjust as necessary.

What highlights can I expect to hear?

Of Brawther’s own making Do It Yourself wins out, as simple keys plod over a staccato beat while females loop in and out of earshot, with scarcely a stop for breath- an age old formula though one that’s been done properly here. On the other hand, Hot Flush man George FitzGerald takes the voices of Spaceman Funk and changes them from background noise to overarching hook, creating a tougher future bass sound filled with post-rave breakdowns, and analogue tones set to a punchy tempo.

Why should I pay for it?

Good music, new label. It would be a shame to waste it.

Where can I buy it?

Chemical Records, Juno, your nearest good store.