Hypercolour – Marvin EP
This is the first Inna Riddim EP release we’ve actually reviewed. There’s reasons for that. Most of the previous releases have been 2 tracks, which is a touch redundant for review purposes; it’s local (raised on the Central Coast), where a lot of the others were UK artists; and it’s lush 2Step, rather than the brain smashing Dubstep of some of the others-not that there’s anything wrong with that, we just don’t tend to cover it. We love Inna Riddim, and their quality standard has been impressive, none more so than here. Hypercolour are a real find. Meshing the best of 2Step/UKG, UK Funky, Rave and Dubstep, they have a really solid control of their sound, at least on the basis of this EP. The skills on show are impressive too, every snare thwacks and bass drum thumps with just the right velocity, the bass rumbles with just the right amount of pneumothorax inducing intensity, the synths are uniformly bang on, and the vocal chops are well chosen and well placed.
The opener ‘Marvin’ is the highlight, appropriately given it being the namesake of the EP. It utilises the same Marvin Gaye sample Oddisee recently took in a very different direction, to bloody good effect. It’s probably getting caned in some far off dingy club as I write this. Silky rave pads, thumping swung drums, thick bass tones, little vox chops, and that sample. This is 2Step how it should be. No naff r’n’b vocals, just grooving beats with a push pull effect that ya can’t resist. One of my favourite locally produced tunes this year, without a doubt.
The other two tunes are spot on too, not quite reaching the heights of ‘Marvin,’ but going close. ‘Fool’s Gold’ is made seemingly with the warehouse rave in mind. It’s big. A propulsive beat, the right sort of diva vocal sample “you can’t hold me back,” a well placed jungle style vocal sample, big bass tones, sirens, all the accoutrements of a proper rave tune. This would move a dancefloor, proper 2AM vibes. ‘No One Else’ rides the half time change-ups, whilst also being the truest Garage groove on show. The bassline sounds like something MJ Cole or Wookie would have brought forth, shifting up a notch halfway through the tune to drive it home, with another tasteful diva sample providing the forefront. That beat is deadly too, effortlessly flitting between the half time and the main groove, with the right sounds used.
In summation, an on point release. The best of UK dance styles, through the filters of two skilled local practitioners of the dark arts of production-believe me, proper 2Step grooves are bloody hard to get right, and they have nailed it every time. With the right choices having been made in regards to the sounds used, and just the right amount of swing, this EP is a bold statement of intent. They’re here to smash it up. Bring on the album! Good shit.
Check out their killer mixup here.