Extremely hot on the heels of ‘A Library Excursion’, Earl Jeffers teams up again with Don Leisure, his partner-in-beats for another EP of Darkhouse Family goodness. Following on from their highly acclaimed debut album ‘The Offering’ from late last year on First Word, the Cardiff duo have hand selected a group of friends, dons and legends (including DJ Spinna & Kaidi Tatham) to serve us up ‘An Extra Offering’. Five remixes curated by the crew.
For the refix of ‘The Accession’ (which originally featured Kamaal Williams, Dave Newington and Daf Davies from Boy Azooga), label-mate Kaidi Tatham kicks off with some down-low bottom-heavy boom bap, before switching up the tempo mid-way for a blast of his inimitable jazz-funk bruk boogie.
Next up we’re honoured to have not one, but TWO tracks from the Brooklyn legend, DJ Spinna. His Galactic Soul rub of ‘Another World’ flips the original into a deep soulful 4/4 house cut, featuring the lush vocals of Esther (and one Charlotte Church on backing vocals, pop fact fans).
Then there’s DJ Spinna's Galactic Funk take on ‘Just So You Know’ with the marvellous Vanity Jay on vocals. This one is on the same mid-tempo tip as the original, but with that unmistakable Polyrhythm Addict flavour of big kicks, crisp snares, hench bassline and sweet spacey synths.
For the ‘GAEA’ remix we keep it Cardiff and introduce the man like Alfie Swan. Doubling up the tempo of the original, this adds some seriously wavy sonics and flips the groove entirely, creating a seriously innovative cocktail of riddims. One for those not shy of some jazz ethics in the dance.
And to close out this offering, Andromeda Jones lays down a ridiculously delectable broken beat mix of ‘Journey To Love’, this one again featuring Vanity Jay. No messing with this one, this is straight dancefloor fire, transforming the hip hop soul track into a future boogie heater. One for the ravers.
This EP illustrates once again Darkhouse Family’s wide range of influences and sounds, as selectors and as music makers themselves, and is no doubt one that will stay in your box for a very long time…
12" vinyl and digital released worldwide on First Word Records on Friday June 15th 2018.
There are also two previously unreleased bonus instrumental tracks from 'The Offering' sessions, available exclusively on the Bandcamp digital version, in the form of 'Synergy (Rebirth)' and the instrumental version of album track 'Another World'.
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These guys performed a free gig in Auckland, New Zealand, and jumped on a 3am flight back to London straight afterwards. That flight (25 hours+) is a killer so much respect for that! Great music which translates well into a live show. Good luck for the future and come back to NZ soon! LeeT