Andrade drops his first EP on Steve Bug’s Dessous imprint. Alongside “Face De Bouc,” we get two more original Andrade productions and a remix of the title track provided by fellow Frenchman, D’Julz. Since arriving on French label, Time Has Changed last year, Andrade has managed to build a fresh, deep sound of his own. This sound, as heard over EPs such as “Design Pattern,” “Fingers” and “Day of Defeat” on the aforementioned label has so impressed Dessous owner, Steve Bug that the German signed him up for two EPs on his own imprint.
“Face De Bouc” is the first of these, showcasing his deep and groovy, house sound that slots perfectly onto Dessous. The title track is a pumping take on disco house. The vocal stipulates “take a ride,” something that Andrade’s playfully funky bassline immediately does. Swinging beats join the mix before simple, more rumbling bass takes over and starts to drive the track. Using cosmic elements and some nifty horn parts, the track builds and builds as its funkiness comes back to life again.
D’Julz, who is seemingly the face of this EP, comes next with his trademark upfront and high quality take. Starting off in tougher tract, the remix remains grounded through some deft jazz-like percussion. With its dub influenced approach to house music, this remix displays all the quality and skill that has made D’Julz the in-demand artist he is now. Finishing with two more Andrade tracks, the Frenchman stakes his claim to be held in such regard. “Old Rules” is tight, funky sub bass working in perfect cohesion with classic house stabs whereas “Prototype” goes even deeper than the rest, complete with soft female vocal meanderings and solid pumping grooves.
This is Andrade showing just what he’s got for his first EP for Dessous, and as far as I can see – besides ample groove and funk, that also seems to be a whole lot of talent.
Review: Tom Jones