Boomkat Product Review:
An early excursion for the unstoppable Mr De', The First Ep was recorded in 1992 and here gets a remaster from Ron Murphy and pressed up on the brilliant Electro Funk label. There are 3 tracks delivered, the looped and simple 'Bass' which is a phat electro cut with a minimal bassline and looped vocal sample saying 'Bass', top old school groove. Flip over for 'Up Down' which has simplistic organ stabs playing a childlike melody over a fast 808 beat, and vocal samples intoning 'Elevator up, elevator down', but head for the sharp and cutting beats of 'By The Pound' which sounds a little unfinished but has some of the most unique sounding drums, very sharp, brilliant production and a slick, fast, groove. Ace early beats from Detroit.