Time to welcome more new, undiscovered talent to the fold, this time we give you Sheffield producer thatmanmonkz with an amazing EP entitled Please Don’t Slip, Trip Or Fall Off. thatmanmonkz came to our attention last year when his track That Would Be Alright appeared on Tone Control Music. The low-slung, bluesy inflections combined with Moodymann-esqe vocals and deep pads had us instantly hooked so when he presented us with three brand new tracks for Delusions Of Grandeur we literally bit his hand off. On the A side we have Girl I Know It which, if ever we’re asked to define a D.O.G sound, pretty much sums it up perfectly. The whole track is built around a super-fat, looped up bassline which adds a real energy and drive. Chuck in a great vocal hook, flapping kicks and rattling hats and you’ve got a peaktime smash which sounds completely fresh whilst staying true to the blueprint of classic house. Flip over for Blowin’ My Mind which nudges down the BPM a touch for an amazing jazz-inflicted mid-tempo house jam. Once again, thatmanmonkz lets his hip-hop roots shine with MPC beats laying the foundation for the raw bass samples and dusty rhodes. Finally, things get super-sultry on Be With Me featuring the vocals of Dnae. Compressed pads set the mood on this lovely, soulful number but once again, things are kept raw, fresh and bumpy thanks to the beat programming skills of thatmanmonkz. We absolutely love this release and hope you share our excitement in the obvious talent of this UK producer.
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