EVM128 – Dance Don’t Sleep

Following on from the recent LCSM remix EP, CoOp Presents continue with more certified bruk heat for 2021 – this one seeing the return of EVM128 and an all-new EP entitled ‘Dance Don’t Sleep’. Some sound advice.

A core-member of the Selectors Assemble crew, EVM128 is also co-label boss of the Dance Regular imprint and has had releases in the past on labels such as BBE, Studio Rockers, Local Talk, Rhythm Section, Wah Wah 45s and Tru Thoughts, amongst others.

As well as being nice behind the boards, he’s an amazing Selector, playing regularly on the crew’s Worldwide FM show, as well as Netil Radio monthly and past plays for Boiler Room and Dimensions Festival, with his eclectic blends of bruk, soul, jazz, house, garage, hip hop, ragga, afrobeat, UK funky and bass music.

EVM previously featured on the Selectors Assemble EPs – the track ‘Gamma Riddim’ in particular is still being rinsed in dances a few years later. His last release ‘Bun Dat’ appeared on the label’s first compilation, ‘Plug One’, released late in 2020 and kicked off the year with a set of remixes of the same track.

‘Dance Don’t Sleep’ begins with the title track, setting off with Detroit-esque pads and JA clash samples, before a moderate-paced brukbeat kicks in accompanied by some squelchy synths and some sneaky breaks. Next is ‘Tell Me’ featuring the sweet soulful talents of Natalie May atop a percussive groove, gliding keys and bleeps. ‘UK Brukers’ follows (a play on UK Rockers), and it’s more bruk-step laced with ragga samples and a deep sub riding throughout, then into ‘Jazz Drumz’, which provides what it says on the tin – shuffling kits ride alongside piano and rhodes, all with EVM’s unique flavour. We close out with ‘Desert Island Bruk’; an off-kilter riddim with a slight UK Funky feel, completing a very dope 5-tracks that should ensure that you’re dancing, not sleeping.

As with the previous CoOp Presents release, this digital EP is again accompanied by some mind-blowing artwork by Mo Fingaz & Bee Graphics for Blood, presenting another genius part of the new CoOp universe.

With monthly releases stacked up for the rest of 2021, expect plenty more goodness to come from the CoOp Presents label imminently. Watch we work.