Habits Records continue driving forward with their main series of record releases. Different avenues continue to develop, such as the recent launch of Habits Stamped Records. But the focus remains on the original line. Quick succession doesn’t falter for the UK label and the latest instalment presents the annual Summer of Dubs VA. Alffie joins the roster in good company, alongside a select pick of the up and coming.
The Madrid based producer last featured on our pages when we premiered his track ‘Be Bop’ in October 2020. The dreamy, groove-laden beat came with energies differing in heat from his latest contribution. As an artist, versatility opens doors to different platforms and Alffie has got it. When we’re heading into flavours more associated with the Romanians, of course the music changes with it.
‘Sperate’ comes in second on this year’s Summer of Dub Sampler. Stripped back beat plods along in nonchalant fashion, playful yet carefree. Rhythms drift pleasantly through percussion, tapping for the most part and driving the energy. Subtle funk floats in jazzy chord sequence, simple, warm and sophisticated.
An echo of vocal chatter breathes through the beat, unreadable and laced with trip. Groove steadily grows in the bassline, precise but soft. This one would do as a nice warm up piece in a big room, with its sharp mechanics and gentle growth.
The VA collection compliments, blending a mix of breaks and house, as well as driving, minimal and chugging. There’s a range of flavours that might feature across peak times in the club. You could quite easily play the full album in one night.
Buy the Habits Records Summer of Dub VA Sampler from Bandcamp now.