Sheffield home boy Squarehead has been making some big noise from the Steel City. This time with the EP release of Bats & Stuff on Shabby Doll Records. Bats, with remixes coming from Jack Fell Down and Francois Le Roy & Nanni is club ready. In first listen, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Maya Jane Coles with those low slung melodic dots and the use of reverb to evoke a deep, club feel. Squarehead has a knack of making tracks sound massive yet intimate at the same time but, its his choice and execution of vocal samples that set him miles above the competition.
Parrish, is such a typical Squarehead record; elegantly smooth yet potently bass ridden. Designed for the dance floor, an unwavering percussion is glued on to vocals that become the centrepiece, as is the case with so many Squarehead tracks.
WRK is a stripped-to-the-bone house number, it’s shorn from emotion in comparison to its predecessors but it can’t help ooze it anyway. Whist the contrarian in me wants to fault this EP, its difficult to find a negative. WRK is dark and pounding inducing a trance- like state over a steady kick.
Remixes can be found on Squarehead’s Soundcloud.
Bats & Stuff is released on the 20th January 2014.