We proceed with ‘Selectors Assemble Volume Three’. The latest release from the CoOp Presents label headed by IG Culture and Alex Phountzi, and the latest instalment of EPs featuring an array of artists, focusing on the wealth of talent that exists within the London Bruk scene and beyond; a continuation of the sonic spirit brought to life by the legendary West London movement.
Selectors Assemble is an ever-growing family – this six-track selection seeks to introduce more of the collective to the masses, and bring further heat from some of the squad already established. Call it what you will genre-wise, this EP sweeps styles, and shamelessly laces up another assortment of certified dancefloor fire. The previous two volumes were supported by a wide-ranging squad of DJs in recent times, including Toddla T, Mr. Scruff, Benji B, Josey Rebelle, Alex Nut, Shy One, Marc Mac, Lefto, Kev Beadle, Nick Luscombe, Simbad, ThrisTian, Stuart Patterson, Bradley Zero & Mr Thing, to name a few.
‘Volume Three’ kicks off with the deeply prolific German trio, Soul Parlor, who’ve been releasing a ton of music & remixes, and DJing worldwide for two decades now, here providing ‘One 4 U’ – bleeps, bassline and beats, with some twisted sonics and reversed pads along for the ride. Next up, label bosses IG & Phountzi (aka NameBrandSound) revisit a classic from Quango and the amazing talent of Eska on the vocal, giving this one a deliciously fresh lick for 2018 – ‘Rock It Tonight’ has all the ingredients to be a Summer anthem. James Rudie returns for Volume Three with ‘BoxD’; on a soulful 4/4 vibe once again, this one adding a little bruk swing and some smoothed out funk atop. Next we introduce Xtra Bruk to the crew – a mastering engineer by day, he’s been releasing d’n’b and house records since the late 90’s – here with something called ‘Samba’; more now-skool broken styles, with some serious bassweight in a wobbly UKG-esque style. Gonzi steps up and in from South London with ‘Bawss’, a seriously innovative cut that flits and chops between 4/4 and bruk, with a space-funk synth that encompasses a tinge of deep Detroit, a pinch of Kaytranada / Soulection style sonics, and a slight brush of jazz into the mix. Finally the one Entek returns to close out the selection with ‘Brukway’, which pretty much does what it says on the tin – straight up heads down synthed-out boogie business.
Selectors Assemble appear on rotation monthly on Worldwide FM, as well as playing numerous other shows and dances individually, and building momentum on their new base, The Flex, a multi purpose warehouse space in East London. The Summer’s looking set to be a hot one for CoOp Presents; this is just another taste…