Play It Say has emerged as Seth Troxler’s label for lean and mean dance-floor cuts, with minimal yet flavoursome tech-house cuts from Sharam and Clarian having touched down on the imprint in 2014. Now, capping off an impressive first year, comes a two-track EP from Matthew ‘Bushwacka!’ Benjamin under his Just Be alias.
On the a-side, The Magic Rock offers a muscular minimal groove built around a steadily oscillating and gurgling low-end, echoing tribal drums and dusty bells. There’s no gimmicks, no grandiose statement, just ten-minutes of kicking percussion and shimmering electronics that build to one crescendo after another. Precise in its sound design and perfectly judged in its tempo, it has the kind of potency to it that belies Benjamin’s experience as an artist.
The Early Years, on the flipside of the record, comes at you with swinging 4/4 kicks, glitchy samples and a muddy bassline. Keeping to the same dark and long aesthetic as the first track, here the effect is complemented by distorted vocals and a wonky chiming melody. Another track that has “5am play” written all over it.
Not only is this EP another solid offering from Troxler’s imprint, but a further reaffirmation that Benjamin’s output as Just Be is worth sitting up and taking note of.
Just Be - The Magic Rock EP on Play It Say It
Our Rating: 8/10