Konrad Black / Lee Burridge & Matthew Dekay // Devastator / Tubby [Get Weird]
Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay are greedy. Not content with launching their fabulous label, All Day I Dream, onto the surfaces of our collective eardrums recently, they have been nurturing another in their musical womb to plop out into our laps in a goopy mess of audio. Where All Day I Dream is the musical equivalent of clouds, cat memes and a cuddle from a fairy called Twinkles The Huggy, Get Weird is more like being slapped in the face by a large bear made out of basslines.
Leading off with one of their own cuts, as many a label owner/producer tends to do, Tubby could very well be an ever so slight nod towards legendary dub producer King Tubby. A dark and wiggly tech house track, it branches out with a punchy off beat dub stab, percussively hitting you in the chest amongst the bass burbles and low scatting vocal.
Rather than our hosts hogging all the limelight, Konrad Black provides the other half of this double-A extravaganza. For someone I usually associate with dark rumbling tech house, there is a certain wide eyed and airy anticipation that kicks off Devastator. This tense atmosphere is drawn out, bending synths provide momentum, and only after a full three minutes are you released. In wades a bassline that could quite have easily been drawn out of the synths of Harold Faltermeyer’s evil twin brother, this just takes everything just that little bit darker, providing a perfect setting for a mournful vocal. It doesn’t stop there, not content with one shift in direction, the track plays out with a dreamy set of chords, the climax of a real tour de force.
If this is how Burridge and Dekay go about launching record labels, I’ll happily take another one in the near future.
Release Date: Out Now