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X-Press 2 & Leo Zero – Metrowave EP

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House music mainstays X-Press 2 return to Skint in collaboration with Leo Zero for their next release and cook up two killer house cuts in the process. A remix from Matt Karmil rounds out what is sure to be a massive EP.

X-Press 2 have been dictating house trends for years now. Despite their heritage, though, they are still at the top of their game, still heading the finest clubs and festivals and still serving up high impact club tunes. Here they join London’s Leo Zero, a long time remixer of acts like Bryan Ferry and Paul Weller as well as the owner of his own underground club label, Leo Trax. Known for his great skill as a cosmic and balearic DJ, this is a fine hook up with great results.

High impact opener ‘Metrowave’ is a full fat house track with firm drums, raved up synth stabs that fire across the groove like a machine gun and buffed metal percussion that really works you into a frenzy. It’s sweaty, features some wild melodies and is sure to get floors moving as one.

Remixing is Matt Karmil, who has released on Idle Hands and Studio Barnhus as well as having put out two great albums. His organic, fresh sound finds the Englishman flipping ‘Metrowave’ into a brilliantly sun fuelled house jam with lush smeared chords, bouncing rubber drums and lots of energetic dynamism, this is a massive mix that is certain to do damage.

X-Press 2 & Leo also turn in their own great dub mix, which is more light-footed and playful, with jumbled toms and hand drums making for a more loose limbed feel. It’s still a writhing, restless track but one that is less intense than the original.

Next original ‘Um Bah Be’ again sets a swift, physical pace with its bulky drums, train track like synth details and afro tinged, free flowing drums. The afro vibes continue when an ad libbed vocal joins the fray and some golden, luxurious chords add plenty of heat and colour to the track.

This is fresh modern house music that cannot fail to make dance floors bristle and brim with good times.

Morcheeba – Gimme Your Love (Leo Zero Remix)

Morcheeba will release their eclectic and beautiful new album, ‘Head Up High’ through [PIAS] Recordings on October 14. The same day, the band also release the lead single, ‘Gimme You Love.’

Their eighth studio album, ‘Head Up High’ is written by all three band members, Paul and Ross Godfrey and Skye Edwards with production by Paul Godfrey. The album plays hosts to a truly stellar mix of guest features from hip hop legend, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), rap mogul Nature Boy, the smoky vocals of James Petralli (White Denim), cheeky UK rhymers, Rizzle Kicks and the fierce French-Chilean rapper, Ana Tijoux who Paul first encountered on hit TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. The diversity of guests on the album is an inarguable accolade to Morcheeba, highlighting the magnitude of their career and influence on artist’s whole generations apart.

Following 2010’s ‘Blood Like Lemonade’, ‘Head Up High’ has been two years in the crafting and demonstrates a new sense of movement. The beat master, Paul has explored the wonders of analogue synthesis, producing deeper and more irregular basslines hinting at post-dubstep productions, while Ross is responsible for the musical colour, tints and tones. Skye’s melodious vocal adds her signature ethereal texture to the tracks, complimenting the new bass sounds and adding atmosphere to a more uptempo paced album.

The single, ‘Gimme Your Love’, is an infectious synth-driven track which is lifted Skye-wards by a melting vocal and hooky chorus – the perfect introduction to the additive sounds of a new brooding landscape from these musical pioneers. Below, you can also stream an incredible dance remix from Leo Zero.