Rising British producer Dale Howard makes a triumphant return to Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint this March with the ‘Damaged’ EP, backed with a remix from New York’s MANIK.
We see all three originals aimed at the dance floor on ‘Damaged’ and fans of Dale’s previous EP on Gruuv will not be disappointed.
To kick off the single Howard offers up title track ‘Damaged’, a soul-infused deep house track with a new-jersey swing on the percussion and sub bass aplenty. Following is ‘Right On Time’ which stays on a similar tip with shuffling rhythms, stuttering dubbed out chords and that signature warehouse bass last heard on ‘Shatter’.
Opening the B-Side we have ‘Break’ and as the name would suggest the bumpy drum-break leads the way here, while sporadic rave chords round off the cut as a classic meets contemporary, up-tempo workout.
Lastly, to close the release we have a remix of title track ‘Damaged’ courtesy of Real Tone / Ovum artist MANIK. The New York born artist delivers a great contrast to the preceding records here, putting things on an off-kilter tip with ever-evolving drum programming, an intense background.
‘Wicked EP’ – Maya Jane Coles
‘Woobly, funky, groovy , bassy …. loving this one ‘ – Laurent Garnier
‘Nice release boys!!! ‘ – Doc Martin
‘Another solid release. Full support. Manik remix for me ‘ – Alexis Raphael