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.
One More Fluorescent Rush is one of my favorite tracks of the decade; it is beautiful yet dynamic, laced with sparkling synths and melodies that will make sure it is being played at high volumes for years to come. The music video is a masterpiece as well, no surprise since Whities always comes correct with the visuals. Avalon Emerson's remix of Four Tet's Teenage Birdsong is also a must buy, reminding us that her signature sound remains unique and unlike anything else out there. Edward
Sometimes I need reminders that both joy and perseverance are possible (for me and for everyone), and beyond being floor-fillers, both this album and For Lovers are the sound of absolute joy. (Her other, earlier work is just as good.) nicholasgrider