The underground house scene in Britain has seen a slow and steady rise in popularity in recent years. Since its initial inception back in the 90s, it has moved through the ranks to become one of the more recognized genres within the country, and has even been named after the nation itself: “UK Garage.” More recently though, the genre has taken off thanks to the commercialized efforts of acts like Disclosure and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. This peak in popularity, however, has come at a cost.
As many musicians attempt to follow in the footsteps of those before them, a stranglehold has begun to envelop around the scene. By inundating listeners with a sea of rip-off tracks and uninventive stylistic changes, many have watered down and devalued this once very small, grassroots movement. But, at a time when all seems lost, Cudroid has emerged to save the day!
Unlike the rest of modern garage acts, this young Essex-born DJ has stuck to the basics. His distinctly eclectic sound pays homage to the earliest house musicians by packing in wonky, dense beats with groovy piano licks to create a flavourful mixture. His newly released EP, Purple Lips, contains three bass-heavy originals in addition to a broken club remix of Inkhouse‘s “Nephews.” While short, it proves to be a pure, untainted collection of tracks that really keep to their style.
Listen to “About You” and “That’s How Good Love Is” below. Also, you can stream the rest of Purple Lips [here].