Hip-hop production moves fast, and producers regularly explore a style for mere months before discarding it entirely and rushing to the next thing. Bionik’s The Way I Be EP runs a little against the grain in this regard: it’s a revitalization and re-exploration of the strobe-light, cymbal-heavy trap that briefly peaked around 2013 before re-entering the underground. Booming 808s, machine-gun hi-hats, vocals chopped for their sound and timbre instead of their lyrical content—it’s a picture-perfect recreation of the sound which blew up festivals for one or two glorious summers.
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In case you are at work, I’ll put this right out there. “Global Concepts” has the line “Did I make you fucking dance?”, so if you’re gonna listen to the energetic song with loud volume, you might want to do so with headphones on. Robert DeLong had to censor himself when he performed on Letterman, but even without the expletive DeLong made this party anthem work. This song is one that’s gonna get you on your feet with its frantic beats. Just part of the 50-minute album Just Movement, “Global Concepts” has similar elements to the rest of the album, leading one to believe the multi-talented singer, producer and Wii-mote slinger DeLong will continue to release his buoyant dance hits onto audiences around the world.
Watt, who also co-founded the English indie-pop duo Everything but the Girl in 1982, started Buzzin’ Fly in 2003. Over the last decade, the label has put out records by Justin Martin, Pete Heller, and many others, as well as Watt himself.
Buzzin’ Fly will for now remain in existence as an archive label, to keep the back catalog in print, and will also release some retrospective packages via digital media. Strange Feeling, the label’s less beat-driven subsidiary, will continue to release any new material from Watt’s partner and ex-bandmate Tracey Thorn.
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