Hot off the heels from SOTO sonically pleasing Ghetto Blast Ya, Menu music presents its first double artist release featuring a brand new signing to the label. Hailing from California, Josh Hinden AKA Majool has played in various groups ranging from jazz ensembles and reggae group "Carribean Pulse". For Menu, Josh has supplied them with the South American inspired electro grooves of "Buenos Aires". A firm favourite in the Menu stable, Rico Tubbs has certainly developed the Menu sound starting from the label's first release "Flashlighter/Brazilia" and more recently his remix of SOTO's "Ghetto Blast Ya". For this release, he keeps his feet in the ghetto with "Ghetto Soul".
A hefty electro break with bubbly acid overtones kicks off the intro to Buenos Aires. During the first breakdown, Majool brings forth snippets of the bassline to be used in the track, techy fillers and big sweeps. Once the tune gets settled into its groove, it's a big electro breaks crossover all the way fusing together acid squelches with a shuffly breakbeat - hence the fact that DJs/producers like General Midi are well onto this one.
Ghetto Soul on the flip shows us exactly why Rico Tubbs fits in nicely with Menu's mission statement of "rocking the party". For starters the tempo has been raised dramatically and the intro features a funky horn sample and a vocal sample asking those out there listening if they "can feel a thing?". The beat drops and the bass starts rocking during the first breakdown and once the beat is re-introduced, Ghetto Soul makes one hell of a party track filled with "a little bit o' soul". For those who loved Rico's remix of Circuit Breaker & Deckart's "Supa" (the first Moneyshot release) and the sounds of Aquasky when they did Wheels Of Steel (and similar tunes) will definitely be onto this one.
I've certainly given this release a few goes for the dancefloor and Ghetto Soul is definitely the one to play.