They call it “R&Bass”; if you like to label genres, cool. If you don’t, forget I ever said it. The thing is that right now dance music is living an exceptional moment in its love affair with R&B, and Deadboy is like that late and unexpected child that makes unhappy marriages loving again. He was in charge of kicking off this series with a first volume that contained a couple of tributes to Cassie and one to Ashanti (also sampled recently by Jacques Greene on “Baby I Don’t Know (What You Want)”, another fan of the reconstruction of urban marmalade). For this second volume, Deadboy shares duties with other believers like Bad Autopsy and Doc Daneeka, who don’t stay in the shadow of the maker of “ If U Want Me”.
“Cash Antics Vol. 2” is preceded by the well-deserved notoriety of the first volume. Drake’s “Fireworks” is turned into the bipolar ballad of winter in the hands of Deadboy –for your bedroom and for your nights: between house, downtempo and 2step–, following the stylistic path marked by Volume 1. Gongon and Bad Autopsy deliver another 2step gem with “Mag”, with soulful and melancholic garage vocals, well worth your pounds. However, the good people of Well Rounded have done well in deciding to expand the parametres of this series, and although “Turn U On” by Skinnz (another alias of Baobinga) sounds like an attempt to emulate Deadboy’s distinctive sound, the B-side broadens its horizons thanks to Doc Daneeka and Gatto Viola, who together recover a powerful Angie Stone hit, to turn it into a UK funky banger (or future garage to some; as said, if you don’t like labels, forget about it) with infinite possibilities to light up both posh cocktail bars and dark, crowded, badly-ventilated clubs. If three’s a charm, bring it on. Let volume three be released so we can give it a 10.