Premiere: A1 – Anonymous – Lately [HMECTS001]

Infectious tech house from a fresh unknown artist imprint Homecuts.

Serving up the same track on each side is a confident move. Homecuts’ debut release goes old school with a vocal and dub mix spread across their first vinyl release. With heavy support from the likes of Enzo Siragusa and Chris Stussy, this tech-house weapon is destined for dance floor gold.

‘Lately’ is underpinned by a simple, spiralling bassline and bouncey hi-hats, it’s the strain of stripped back, groovy house music that works in just about every set. Whether it’s warming up an intimate dance floor, or rocking a huge festival stage, the slinky, easy-going atmospheres are backed by many selectors.

An infectious female vocal slithers between slick, garage-tinged beats with a similar vibe to Archie Hamilton’s ‘Something Else’ bomb that has been rocking dance floors since it’s arrival in 2016. Neat bongo’s bring a cruisey depth to the track, slotting between snappy snares and subtle synth work.

The elusive, London based label Homecuts have been pushing a number of Bandcamp edits packed with UK strut and clever sample work. Drums are refined and punchy, working tight claps and elegant melodies forming the label’s identity.

Rolling, progressive atmospheres build over the seven minute arrangement, occasionally dipping into brief breakdowns and neat hi-hat changes keeping the energy moving. Energies meet between rolling, techno attitudes and the groovey, playful essence of house music. Supplemented by a sleazy female vocal and craft drum work, ‘Lately’ is gasping for a club sound system.

Leaving the vocal and dub options open, this no frills, DJ-friendly release is sure to be a frequent sight across the tech-house and minimal markets. Expect more from the London label with future vinyl and Bandcamp projects in the works.

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