Dirty McKenzie - Butterfly EP on Bass United Recordings

Words by: Ralph Turner
Posted: 23/12/13 10:27

Well here's something a little bit different. Say hello to Dirty McKenzie, the owner of the U.S-based Bass United imprint, a label that adheres to an output like few others in its field. Purveyors of nudisco, house and indie tropes, their agenda is truly eclectic, but it's their latest release (a suitably 'dirty' slice of high-energy ghetto-tech) that truly takes the biscuit where diversity is concerned.

Of course, Butterfly is far from the first release to merge house aesthetics with a ghetto-infused drawl. Trainspotters are sure to notice the parallels between the original mix and that of another producer who was traversing a similar path decades ago, with Paul Johnson's ''Let Me See you Butterfly'' the basis for what is essentially a 2013 re-rub. Even so, it's a fascinating prospect in its own shape and form, not least because McKenzie tackles it with an edge that conjures up a range of emotions.

The original is a taut affair full of spiky, razor-sharp, warped synth work, but it's McKenzie's shrewd handling of the vocal that gives it an added dimension. Vocalist Jenny Lovlein uses the aforementioned backing music on the next interpretation of the track - and while it's not quite as perverse as the original - it's just as captivating and serves up a more sultry take.

Those of you of a dub persuasion are sure to find comfort in the instrumental, a track that packs its own force on an EP that's never lacking in charisma from start to finish.

Artist: Dirty McKenzie
Title: Butterfly EP
Label: Bass United Recordings

TracklistButterfly (Original Mix)Butterfly (feat. Jenny Lovlein Mix)Butterfly (Instrumental Mix)

Our rating: 7/10
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