Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint kicks off 2013 will a five track EP from Tom Budden & Forrest, featuring reworks from Coat Of Arms, OOFT! and X-Press 2. Tom Budden has been heavily involved in the industry for several years now, working with the likes of Time Has Changed and Suara and launched his own label, Alive, in 2008, which has welcomed artists in the shape of KRL, Rebel, Bubba & T-Bone and Chris James onto its roster.
The release opens with the original mix of ‘Lady Is Trouble’, a low-slung house cut infused with hooky vocal lines, stuttering low-end tones and remnants of retro, disco-house. Budden & Forrest keep the groove simple, employing warm hi-strings and shuffling drums while the emotive vocal lines carry the musicality of the track. Next is Coat Of Arms aka Chris James (Formerly Chris James & Eats Everything). Here Chris unleashes some heady, bass driven melodic house, implanting a signature bumping, tom-driven bass line on the original number and tightly blending an amalgamation of raw stabs, fluttering pads and modulated vocals to create another interpretation. House aficionado’s X-Press 2 aka Rocky & Diesel rework ‘Lady Is Trouble’ next, as expected the mix is straight up house music, fusing delayed Rhodes licks, blocky bass tones and set-back swung drums as its driving force. Simplicity is key here with the tracks groove-driven vibe laying the foundations while the sensual vocals meander around them. Up next is Tom Budden’s solo venture on the release, ‘Falling’, veering things into darker territories with eerie bass tones, heavily delayed claps and low-pitched vocals. Budden steadily evolves the cut to a peak where he plays on variations of the melodic elements, creating an evolving dynamic. Closing the release is OOFT!, with a contemporary disco rework of ‘Falling’, a pitched-down house vibe with crunchy drums, a dubbed out stab line and some old school resonant synth action. It’s out today.