While cynics might think that all you need to do to sell house records in 2012 is make them sound 20 years old, there's more to it than that. There are tons of US garage-influenced EPs around, but most of them don't pass muster. This newie from rising star Mikki Funk, though, is excellent. "Dub Fantasy" bristles with vintage elements, from the fluid synths and delay-laden vocals, to the stuccato drum machine rhythms of 1990s New York. The "Kool Vibe Dub" goes further in the same direction, sounding not unlike a vintage MK dub - all classic New Jersey organs and bumpin' beats. Bonus cut "I Ever", meanwhile, offers deeper grooves and some lovely synth bass.
Tomska (Abstract Cuts), RUSTAM OSPANOFF, Rosenhaft (Killing Sources), Nathaniel Jay, Jeremy Underground, Washerman, Rebecca Vasmant, James Johnston (No Matter What), Fabio Monesi (Wilson Records), Alex Alterskye, Bryan Hervieu, Kirk Douglas, Chromatic Filters, Mikki Funk, Kastil (Soul Notes/Stale), Albion Don, Studio Casual, Fulbert, Rikki Humphrey, Samann (Traxx Underground), Cecil (artfuldivision), Garrett David, Spittal (Craigie Knowes)
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