Catz n Dogz // They Frontin’ EP [Get Physical]
This Polish duo are always worth checking out. Their releases tend to have an originality about them and often involve collaborations with hot producers – Carl Craig and Jay Shepheard are two recent successful examples.
On this occasion, they are in cahoots with Monty Luke who has lately delivered some brilliant house and deeper techno releases, “Yesterday and Today” being particularly massive.
The original mix of “They Frontin’” follows a similar path to that track in fact with its edgy spoken word and tough nagging groove. Splintering into some wonderful soaring keys and rugged drum breaks, this marks it out as a main set contender for any busy floor.
The XXYY remix delivers a more left-of-centre approach, soaring away with almost “Dominator” style keys and delivering a breakbeat approach that will sound brilliant amidst 4/4 based sets, causing confusion and mayhem in equal measure.
“Ass Point” is more of a hip-shaking groove as the title perhaps suggests and is equally worthy of attention. A well-worked soundscape approach builds with voices in the machine adding to the mystery before dropping and surging in to real synthy territory and a wonderful, rumbling bassline.
Rather moodier than most of the Catz n Dogz material I’ve heard but extremely effective as they bring an entertainment to their work that keeps their releases interesting and different from the rest.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Colin Cook