REVIEW: Full Crate – The Barb
After a series of successful releases with Eric Lau, newly formed London-based label Kilawatt Music Limited continue their output of great music this year with a brand new release from Amsterdam’s Full Crate entitled The Barb. The release is essentially a two-track single, Let’s Funk This Motherf*cker b/w Cut The Barb, and is available as a digital download (right now) and on limited 7-inch vinyl (from November 29th).
I was first introduced to the music of Full Crate by my homies over at Louis Den, and over the last year he has become one of my favourites amongst the contemporary breed of producers after two fantastic releases on Melting Pot Music – a collaborative EP with vocalist Mar, Conversations With Her, which dropped at the beginning of the year, and more recently Hi-Hat Club Vol. 5 – Eggs And Pancakes, a beat-tape alongside fellow Amsterdam producer FS Green. The beauty behind Full Crate’s soulful productions lie in his ability to consistently balance a fresh cutting-edge sound with a more traditional musical awareness.
The Barb showcases two tracks with a rather club-oriented vibe, and Full Crate’s slick production style is situated in a slightly more up-tempo, broken context. Despite this, there is a smooth loungey sensibility at the core of both tracks, which work just as well as the backdrop to an evening smoking-out with friends or chilling with that special lady as they do on the dance-floor. The A-Side features vocal contributions from Mar, which are sparse, understated and compliment the hypnotic funky rhodes groove which provides the pulse. The track on the flip is, for me, more dynamic – an intricate arrangement in which a killer syncopated drum groove is punctuated by a series of intense breakdowns and electromechanical sonic delights.