- From the retro label art to the stripped back sound, there's a lack of pretension and a refreshing rawness about Dext Recordings' first release. Shadowy Bristolian producer dubspeeka, who has released on Oliver Huntemann's Ideal Audio and Bedrock, is the man behind it.
On "Leaving Home," disembodied, pitch-shifted vocals stud the dark, rolling house beat, which is punctuated by roaring bass. "Creature Funk" leans towards the UK bass end of house, with taut kicks and yawning chords providing a garage-y undercurrent. The Bristol love-in continues with the EP's two remixes—Komon and Appleblim work "Creature Funk" into fluid, dubby techno. With the drums stripped to the bone, the pair even manage to percolate some ambient d&b into the bridge. It's the pick of the five tracks.
Komon constructs a piece of scuttling, percussion-led house on his remix of "Leaving Home." Some of the same tropes wash up on dubspeeka's "Special Occasion"—as well as off-kilter congas and fluttering interference—suggesting that another cross-city collaboration might be worth considering.
A1 Leaving Home
A2 Creature Funk
B1 Creature Funk (Komon & Appleblim Remix)
B2 Leaving Home (Komon Remix)
Digital: Special Occasion