This April sees Sacha Robotti and Kevin Knapp‘s newest EP’s – Stay With It – release on Lost Records. This is not the first time the pair have worked together – 2015 saw their tune “Thump Bumper” get released on the ten-year anniversary compilation of Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label.
I had a chance to hear “Stay With It” EP and I will not lie – it caught me a little off-guard. I enjoy tech-house quite a bit, however, the sheer amount of releases, most mediocre, means that often I am left with ten songs that sound the same. This is especially evident when it comes to EP’s – usually one original track bundled with a few remixes that all sound the same – there is just so much iteration even I can take. This meant I went into this EP with zero expectations and I was very pleasantly surprised.
It all starts with the title track “Stay With It” – groovy tech-house rhythm peppered with male vocal samples and a bouncy bassline. Sounds all too familiar so far, right? Wrong. Groovy synth stabs, a long quirky lead, manipulation of the bassline you had come to rely on while going through the song, multiple sound effect samples and great breakdowns are what make this track an absolute joy to listen to. The sounds of summer are here!
The same thought process of layering vocals, a constantly building up synth in the background, the now familiar vocal applies to the second tune of the EP – “The Hip”. For the first four minutes, I was entranced by the bouncy rhythm and being told to watch the hip, after that, however, they pull out the rug from under you in the best way possible with a beast of a build up. Once you realise what the hell happened you are back down grooving away to the beat shouting “THE HIP!”.
The two remixes are on point too – Toucán strips “Stay With It” of its tech-house roots and reshapes into a lovely “sun-is-out” kind of house jam. Dale Howard, however, took his remix of “The Hip” in a different direction with a 90s twist on things. Old school synths, mangled up vocals and an absolute beast of a breakdown bring a smirk to my face every time I hear it and I cannot wait to lay this one down at the next Animaux.
Sacha Robotti and Kevin Knapp’s “Stay With It” EP drops sometime in April on Lost Records.