Boomkat Product Review:
Exclusive aces from Kelman Duran, Banshee, DJ Lycox, Felix Lee, Hajj, DJ BeBeDeRa and many more make up a strong 30-track compilation of hybrid club musics, as defined by Parisian label Promesses
Take your pick; wherever you look there’s an abundance of expressive energy clashing rootsy tradition and keen futurism, chaining links between the tresillo rhythm diaspora, Angolan-Portuguese Kuduro, Baile Funk, mutant breakbeat torsion, and smoking cloudrap pressure. It’s a true representation of the label’s global diversity and the quality of Promesses’ curation and narrative sequencing, itself stemming from their key role as DJs in the fecund Parisian scene that’s temporarily on hold like the rest of the world.
The club’s may be on ice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a darnce. If you’re up for it, there’s upfront meat motor gear in DJ Sustancia’s reggaeton mosh ’Sucio y Duro’ ft. Sassyggirl, the swingeing hardcore mutation of ‘_!’ by UK’s Banshee, and the agitated flex of ‘Babu Frik’ from Kelman Duran, plus De Grandi’s soaring sort of trance/footwork twiss-up, and the banging baile funk/grime hybrid of AKA AFK’s ‘Dez e Faiza (Alvva Remix)’, and steaming rave number from Amor Satyr and Boe Strummer.
However, if you’re more about the downstroke, they’ve got that covered, too. Dawn Records boss Hajj hits slow, hard and emosh on ‘Purifying Water… It’s Your Blood’, and Felix Lee coughs up a gruff nugget in ‘Lungz’, beside blown out drill pressure from err walou, the irresistible dembow grind of ‘Baixeiche a Lúa’ from Ragazza XXI, and the sultry swivel of Lisbon-via-London’s tarraxho don, DJ BeBeDeRa, or the bruised romance of ‘Hauntology’ by u.o.