French producer Clyde P takes desert renegade label Desert Hearts in new directions with his next EP.
Clyde P’s ‘Zangief’ EP is named after the behemoth Russian wrestling character from the seminal computer game Street Fighter and the tracks themselves are just as tough. It’s not every day that a tech house track samples another famous scrapper – Mike Tyson and his infamous “I’m the best ever” speech.
The sample features throughout lead track ‘Zangief.’ With a round bell ring sounding just before each drop, it might seem a bit of a gimmick but it soon grows on you after a few listens. Pitched down vocal and some smart builds and drops midway through the track also have some real impact.
Elsewhere on the EP, ‘I Wanna Go’ follows in a similar vein with deep kicks, vocal snips and a badass bassline packaged together with rolling snares form a rock-solid addition to the EP although not nearly as strong as ‘Zangief.’ Completing the three tracker is Clyde P’s collaboration with Daaamn called ‘Time Zone.’
Again, not delving too far from the ethos of the EP, but this time a welcome old school break props up this early 90s leaning house banger. Filtered female vocals and percussion also add weight to ‘Time Zone’ and the end product is a very useful filler track that DJs will appreciate best. Overall, ‘Zangief’ EP is a solid, no messing three track house EP that is will only go to strengthen Clyde P’s reputation as a name to watch out for during 2018.
Ibiza Voice Score: 6/10