After an 18 month hiatus, Secretsundaze relaunch their label with a flurry of activity. The first 12" as part of this new wave of material is a Secretsundaze artist EP, remarkably the first full EP on the label from Giles Smith and James Priestley having previously released a killer split 12' with Palms Trax back in 2017.
During this label downtime the boys have been busy releasing music with amazing labels and kindred spirits in Japan, London and Frankfurt: Mule Musiq, Phonica Records and forthcoming later this year an EP on Live At Robert Johnson, the label of the club very close to their hearts where they have been playing regularly for 10 plus years.
The ‘Stand Up EP’ is truly dance floor tried and tested. Lead track ‘Mezcal’ is a slamming, raw percussive tool with fizzing hats and nagging vocal samples. Title track ‘Stand Up’ is a rolling, relentless house groove with live bassline that has Secretsundaze stamped all over it while, ‘Testing’ is one of those classic deeper B2 cuts that you know you will continue to reach for in the mix.
All in all a well-rounded EP from the Secretsundaze pair who after 18 years in the game, continue to follow their hearts not the hype, and fittingly deliver the 25th single release on their label.
Every track here is an absolute smash, and the whole is a definite AOTY contender for me. Nothing feels surprising about this album exactly - it's a very consistent set of great dance tracks that feel like part of Octo Octa's ongoing development as an artist. This is what peak performance looks like, and it's great. Mister Meows