The DirtyBird label has long been known for kicking out the big, bass heavy, party starting jams, and now the San Francisco imprint offers up another 13 track collection that packs another weighty punch. The subject matter, Justin Martin’s Hello Clouds, sees a wealth of producers from all over the world get tapped up to provide remix duties, with .
First up, Walker & Royce tackle The Feels, flipping it into an edgy and in-your-face tech house cut with raw, saw-tooth synths spiking above dry but infectious drums. It is a big start that continues through to an Ardalan remix of Hello Clouds feat Femme, a version that offers a more slinky and loose approach, with low-slung grooves and big swing, but retaining the original vocals to keep the fire of the original burning bright.
Redlight’s Damp Dog version of Wet Cat is another off-kilter banger, with tumbling sine waves anchoring that classic DirtyBird sound. Kyle Watson then gets gritty and glitchy on a sleazy version of Odyssey feat Lena Cullen. Meanwhile, Doorly goes for a shuffling, bassline driven cut that nods to the old school through spine-tingling melodies and tough beats.
As expected from such a Brazilian d&b legend, DJ Marky then goes in with razor-sharp rhythms and rolling grooves on his take on Back to the Jungle. There's a brief respite from the madness and an opportunity to catch your breath with Lenny Sister's take on Rabbit Hole. It’s a moody and spacious cut with dark overtones and dubby drums, making a for a real stand out cut.
Elsewhere, Soul Clap get all tent with their piano laced take on Midnight and chart topper Low Steppa injects his usual streetwise swagger into The Feels, skipping, garage-flecked and one to get floors moving.
Little By Little and Chris Lorenzo also offer their own jams and do so with great style. All in all this is a burgeoning release, stacked with an array of quality producers, that offers the sort of bass driven thrills and attitude-laced spills you would expect from the restless label. Business as usual for the Dirtybird crew.