Knowhat - Debut EP on NONSTOP

Words by: Steven Graham
Posted: 22/12/15 9:13
Knowhat - Debut EP on NONSTOP

Music On favourite Pirupa's London based NONSTOP label does exactly what it says on the tin, releasing unrelenting rhythms of varying shapes and sizes by way of fresh talent and new production fledglings. NONSTOP's latest offering comes from fresh faced Knowhat.

The Sicilian avenger – residing in the UK capital – brings his first ever recorded slab to the table and opening track Trust In You obviously shows his affinity for tech house a la Superfreq style, clearly influenced by London's long and illustrious house lineage. The original starts with a light dusting of funky, carnival drums and glopping, bubbling deep basslines while rainforest samples and wildlife hisses lace the background with fresh zest, before a bottom heavy kick drum comes into play before notching the tempo up to a stepping 150bpm, while rich organ keys and string stabs perforate the stepping 4x4 structure with Derek Carter style vocals adding extra diversion.

Russian house gangster and production OG Tripmastaz wastes no time in crafting the original into a thumping, booming bass heavy re rub, echoing throughout with a fuzzy, roughly waved edge and acid drop basslines and chunky, metallic percussion. Next up is UK deep house pretender Max Chapman, with distorted and heavy warehouse bass, stuffed full of bass and minor tonal chords, creating drive with its heads down feel, before stepping garage-laced beats burst into life, with a thumping rhythm and shuffling percussion, Chapman's remix surprisingly remains the gem of the two, distinctly London-like in its flavour and attitude.

Rounding it all off is EP closer & second original cut, Cosmic Gate, crawling out with low slung aesthetics and  a grinding rhythm, full of gutsy, sexy swag and raw attitude, blending a mix of outer-world frequencies and tribal, jungle-esque drums. A great debut EP from a surprising new talent!

Knowhat - Debut EP on NONSTOP

Our Rating: 7.5/10


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