By now you should know what to expect from Dirtybird, the San Francisco label run by Claude VonStroke. If you don't (shame on you) its all about fun, party pumping sounds that don’t take themselves too seriously. Filled with dirty bass, big synths and crazy samples, his trusted imprint is now back with another Various Artists compilation from across the vast roster.
Across 11 tracks Secret Ingredients offers up all the sorts of sounds described above, and then some. There is a mix of label regulars and fresh faces on this annual spring time round up, which has been put together with the BBQ season firmly in mind. And boy does it serve up some well grilled heat from start to finish.
Sebastian V kicks us off with 'Funkulate', a deep and rolling tune with warm chords and zoned out vocals that get you in a nice daze to start with. It is classically informed and well produced to real get the juices going. DJ Glen’s Move Your Bone (above) is grittier, with rumbling bass making for a dark energy beneath choppy percussive patterns up top, then Gawp fires up the bass bins with a great bit of drum programming that won;t fail to deliver match for match bounce to the ounce.
Elsewhere there is some dry and cheeky ghetto house with sleazy vocals and drilling synths that will melt your mind and fire up your behind. Holt 88 gets all wonky and naughty with more tumbling basslines and sine waves and curious sonic sound designs and Wood Holly feat Wally B teases and pleases with corrugated drums and scurrying little synths that dart about like alien life forms.
A jam packed please that comes with all the curious craziness you expect of this long running, extrovert label.
1.Sébastien V - Funkulate
2.DJ Glen - Move Your Bone
3.GAWP - Prime Society
4.Shiba San & Will Clarke - Don't Hate Me
5.Seumas Norv - Wuvulu
6.Kyle Watson - Creatures
7.Ciszak - Vanilla Cream
8.Holt 88 - Burn It Down
9.Tekla - Shake
10.Wood Holly feat. Wally B - Lil' Kitties
11. Sam Swindle - Disco Slut