Seems like a little while since anything from the Something Different camp has featured on here so let’s rectify that right now with this superb three-tracker from Ricky Tinez.
Love itself kicks off the EP, a stripped-back, garage-leaning throbber built for 3am floors and sports the Gwen Guthrie Peanut Butter vocal that you might know better as N-Joi’s rave-era classic Anthem. There are some cool, jazzy sax doodles towards the end, too. We’re High is slightly tuffer in the drums department but quite laidback overall, with lingering pads, more parping saxomophone and a looping vocal snip that I presume is saying “we’re high”, though it’s kinda hard to make out. And then finally there’s Woke Up Like This, which again is quite Jersey-ish but only if you truly understand just how sparse and jackin’ early 00s garage could actually get!
All good stuff, but the title track has to take the gold for me, given that Anthem is possibly my favourite house record of all time (along with Reach For Me and about 374 others).
Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 29 Feb.
About: This actually comes not on Something Different but on more trad-style offshoot Something Else, who you can find here and here.
PS Oh and Woke Up… loses a point for having a ringing telephone in it, which someone, inevitably, tried to answer, like an idiot 🙂