Julio Bashmore - Riff Wrath EP
As House music goes Julio Bashmore has had a fairly fruitful year which has ultimately seen his star rise right to the top of the tree just in time for christmas this year, conveniant that?
With a smash of a debut release in the form of club-house destroyer "Battle for Middle You" the Bristolian groover has quite simply gone from strength to strength, releasing two brilliant EP's and an equally heavy-duty Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 back in August (if that past you by the first time, make sure if doesnt again) there's really not much in the way of negativity we can point towards the guy.
Since his emergence into the club scene in the latter stages of 2009, Label Supremo's like Night Slugs, Ten Thousand Yen, PTN, Dirtybird and Fabric were quick to latch on to the quality, soft-felt productions he was steadily bringing forth. In fact its when you go through the beatmakers back catalogue you begin to realise just how soulful and emotive his releases have consistantly been, with the smooth "Craboon" off the Father Father 12" right through to his latest and equally dreamy offering, the double-edged Riff Wrath EP.
Sticking with the tried-and-tested formulae that has brought Julio so much love of late, the EP is comprised of two euphoric productions from that old skool Chicago House mould that's as heart-felt as it is dancefloor-friendly.
The A-Side "Ensnare" is a trophy example as to why House has experienced a reawakening over the past year, with a classic (if somewhat unrecognisable) sample from The Real Thing's "You Are My Everything" its a blissed-out, sophisticated number that'll have club-hedonists two-stepping for its near eight minute duration. Big winter vibes.
AA-Side "Well Wishers" elects to incorporate escapist synths and pacy drums alognside some christmassy bells which for the second entry aims to mellow the levels down a touch but possesses an equally vintage vibe that should keep head's bopping at any party over the Winter period.
This 12 inch is due for Release off the up and coming Bristol based label Futureboogie Recordings on December 19th. Be a dude and support the cause.