It was always going to be hard for Salty Nuts to follow up their eighth release, Fabe‘s Water Tower album which had everyone counting down the days until release was a huge success. Mainly due to C side banger ‘Reason’, which had been wreaking havoc in all the usual places, namely Petre Inspirescu at Sunwaves.
Perhaps we’re underestimating the label headed by Fabe himself at this point. The ninth release continues to build on a lot of what makes Salty Nuts great – inventive and original sounding music. Oslo co-founder Nekes and FUN label head Cabri team up for their El Malevo EP.
The lone A side track ‘Blue’ is reminiscent of the UK’s golden era of tech-house in the mid-’90s. A lot of house music being churned out has a distinct lack of character and individuality but that never seems to be the case with Salty Nuts.
The quirky bassline is oozing with funk whilst the keyboard chords and oddball hardware sounds, later on, continue to give the track an extra kick. Considering the standard of flow and groove within this one, it’s hard not to see it being a mainstay in sets through summer.
On the flip side, we have ‘Give Me Two’, a far more serious track that’s darker in tone and more of the minimal variety. Title track ‘El Mavelo’ finishes off the B side with its bouncy claps and murky vocals.
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