Boddika‘s latest offering in the form of his Steam EP is special, not often does an EP come about with all 4 tracks equally strong, it would be hard to pin a lead track, with all of them being played across dance floors worldwide.
When the question of genre arises with a new Boddika offering this isn’t easy to answer as it always takes a previously unheard direction, Steam and Heat fit the feel of UK techno but Crack and Black stem into new territory which could be classed as the loose term bass music.
Steam begins with a raw industrial broken beat which is then added too with a classic Boddika pluck sound, similar to that used in the dance floor destroyer mercy. This pulls you deep into the body of the track where a deep rolling bass surrounds you. It then calms down before building up to hit hard with the main hook of the track which will be heard at peak time during the night.
Heat follows as another peak time tool, it warms you up with a spacey melodic intro kept in time with a crisp signature Boddika hi hat. You are then thrown straight into the depth of the track which surrounds you with tunnel like vibes, this is complimented with an erie echoing vocal spaced out just enough that you keep waiting for the next time it will come. Just before you think the track couldn’t give anymore it hits you with a wall of sound that closes in around around you, an addictive drone that takes over the dance floor.
Black takes a different direction on the EP, it is an erie 808 style track with interesting siren noises echoing around you, the beat is quite broken throughout the track bringing a refreshment to the dance floor and acting as a perfect palate cleaner.
Crack is the last track on the EP but is just as strong and a perfect completion to this release, this is again more of a peak time track with a repetitive deep plucking bass throughout the track, a wider bass sound eases in periodically keeping the track rolling along with the industrial percussion.
With the Steam EP covering a variety of styles it is no doubt a useful tool for DJ’s throughout the whole night. Addictive, original sounds and interesting percussion make this EP that has been teased in for many past months by the whole swamp crew, well worth the wait.