FLeCK - Resilience EP - Dread Recordings / DPD006

1. Clash Ah Get Wicked 2. Feel 3. Lover 4. Me No Inna (Feat. Parly B) 5. The Vibe 6. So Strong

Juno Exclusive: Friday 20th November 2020

Full Release: Friday 27th November 2020

Now over two decades deep into the music game, Athens-born junglist #FLeCK makes for a more than qualified addition to the Dubplate Dread roster. Having recently remixed head honcho #RayKeith’s classic “#SingTime” for the forthcoming #25YearsofDreadremixalbum, the decorated DJ/producer returns to the label with a heavyweight six-tracker of his own, the #ResilienceEP.

With a prestigious back catalogue including releases on #ScotchBonnet, #SerialKillaz and #Liondub and collaborations with #CongoNatty, #DubPistols and #SoomT, the seasoned producer is a perfect match for the label, his arrangements brimming with sounds borrowed from the reggae and dancehall playbooks.

On the new EP’s stunning opener “#LivingaLie”, the Greek talent joins forces with Bristol soulstress #Ngaio, a name which will undoubtedly be familiar to many following her recent star appearance in the #BBC’s ‘Monumental: #BristolafterColston’ documentary. Commencing with sparkling, serene piano chords and luscious vocals, the track reaches a thunderous crescendo, with bellowing bass and choppy breakbeats making for a weighty, nostalgic roller. Following on is “#ClashAhGetWicked”, which, as its title suggests, draws on influences from ragga jungle, culminating in a maelstrom of percussive intricacies, echoing dub sirens and patois-tinged vocal samples.

Cooling things down, the ensuing dubwise number “#Feel” is a breezy, yet equally fast-paced triumph pairing laidback reggae samples with darting basslines. “#Lover” ups the ante once more, its silky piano melodies soon giving way to searing growls and bullying breaks. “#GanjaDayVIP”, meanwhile, finds #FLeCK flipping one of his self-released singles from 2016, pairing instantly recognisable vocal samples with warped, vibrato-affected basslines to result in a thrilling variation on the original mix. Closing proceedings is “#TheVibe”, which masterfully utilises old-school, poppy vocal samples and mesmeric pads, slipping into gritty drops to see off the project on a high.

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