The Carebears studio must be running white-hot at the moment as not a week goes by that the Italian groove machines are not pumping out slabs of brand new beats. Their own label Ouverture has seen the duo turn out some great releases but for this edition, they have chosen to land on Dreams On Wax.
Carebears stretch their legs in their ‘Ladygoal’ EP as they turn in three original cuts with a top remix for each track. The pairs machines are well and truly fired up for this EP and we have the first full length listen of ‘Punk Pecari’.
Thumping kicks and super low octave bassline bang this track from the first beat. Protruding 808 toms toughen up ‘Punk Pecari’ even further. Warped synths are stretched to breaking point before disappearing back into the ether all the while hinting at something else is in the pipeline. As the track progresses the warped synths are soon joined by lighter shades but only momentarily before that muscular groove drops back in again.
Title track ‘Ladygoal’ utilises an excellently crafted sub bassline, crunchy claps, squeaking FX and tuned toms to produce a mean undulating minimal groove. The last of the three original tracks is ‘Canediguerra’ and there is much deeper tones at work here while still retaining the bump of the classic Roland drum machines.
Moving onto the first of the reworkings and stevn.aint.leavn takes title track ‘Ladygoal’ for a ride and cust out a slice of the moodiness. This works great on the original but here the German’s take is a much brighter take. Prodot is up next to show his skills and he takes on ‘Canediguerra’ where the lush musical elements are stretched over a rolling rhythm with a sweet bassline to boot. The third and final remix comes courtesy of Mikhu and ‘Punk Pecari’ is the subject of his reworking. Taking a deeper look at our premiere track the Swiss artist turns in a great version that retains some of the tidy musical elements from the original while showcasing his own groove ethos.
There is little wonder that artists such as Enzo Siragusa, Akufen, Cristi Cons, Chriss Stussy, Julian Anthony, San Proper, Iuly.B, Varhat, Jorge Savoretti, Sweely, and more have these tracks are loaded on to their USB’s as there is a wealth of different styles and moods on show here.
The ‘Ladygoal’ EP from Carebears is now available at Beatport.