- 15 year-old Leeds producer Happa has already had the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs, Loefah and Four Tet fall under his bass-heavy spell. You can see why. His bass is dangerous, of the bowel-rearranging variety. "Beat of the Drum" begins with a twisted UKG rhythm before settling down—if you can call it that—into a discordant, jerking soundclash of spitting snares, synth pings, laser gun pulses and shrill vocal snippets. Bristol-raised producer Throwing Snow goes after the Machinedrum fanatics with his take on the track, working it into a raw, juke-leaning bouncefest, peppered with doleful synth swells.
In contrast to the A-side, Happa's "Bring It Back" follows a more traditional path—of sorts. It's ostensibly jacking 4/4 techno but squeezed through a filter that amplifies the bass to +11 levels, unleashing it into an unholy storm of eerie synths and jaw-breaking drops. Church founders, DJs and party promoters Apes and Seb Wildwood celebrate their debut label release by twisting "Bring It Back" into a pared down house workout, with truncated bass keys and a percussive thwack. It's outshone by Happa, but you sense they're very happy for it to be that way.
A1 Beat of the Drum
A2 Beat of the Drum (Throwing Snow Remix)
B1 Bring It Back
B2 Bring It Back (Apes & Seb Wildblood Remix)