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EPs

Skream SkreamWhere You Should Be

7 / 10

Skream  Where You Should Be TEMPA (Tempa053-1 / Tempa053-2, 12” + 12” + digital)

Almost a year after the release of “Outside The Box”, this is the second single taken from the album, on which, with the sweet voice of Sam Frank, Skream breaks with the dominant dubstep line of his work, to give way to a kind of robot garage-funk. The low frequency of releases featuring new tracks in order to keep the album alive is not due to the lack of interesting contents. Au contraire: Ollie Jones has of course been mainly busy releasing, promoting and preparing the Magnetic Man tour. Now that the trio he forms with Benga and Artwork is on track, it’s time to recover the rhythm with his solo project. This new release doesn’t offer anything new: of the seven tracks, one is the original and six are remixes. Skream has done little more than put his name on the record: there’s no new material, no new edits. Magnetic Man, for now, is still the priority.

But that doesn’t make the single any less interesting. There are two formats available: two separate vinyl records with the remixes by Shy FX (on the first one), Seiji and Zed Bias (on the second one). The complete package on digital includes material by Jack Beats and Laidback Luke, but basically, it’s filler: they deform the original with abrupt crescendos and summer-house hysteria. You can always delete them, but if you have the money, you should get the vinyls. The one with the Shy FX remix is for the jungle consumers: the veteran producer’s breaks recover the crystal funk of the late nineties in the vein of Fabio’s Swerve parties. The second single, with Zed Bias –super dark garage with an insistent synth line– and Seiji –tribal and funkoid future garage with delicacy–, is the really good one. All in all, it could have been a little bit better, but that will be for another occasion. The good weather is here and with it, the open-air parties, and that’s what marks the pace right now.

Richard Ellmann

“Where You Should Be (Seiji Remix)”

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