Riddim Trax

A 4 track uk funky ep (16m 36s) — released February 24th 2014 on Niche 'n' Bump

DJ support from Brackles and Peverelist.

Samrai is a founding member of Swing Ting, a DJ and production squad behind club nights of the same name in Manchester. They have two 12"s to their name on Fat City (Head Gone and Creepin) as well as remixes for Mosca, Murlo and Beneath. Riddim Trax is Samrai's first solo release.

His 'riddims' are deceptively simple fusions taking in a spectrum of soundsystem influences and UK dance music, including dancehall, soca, afrobeats and UK garage. The EP opens with the summery "Let It Ride", featuring Swing Ting MC Mr Fox's vocal in classic singjay mode. Instrumental version "Responsibility Riddim" follows, before the B-side plunges into more rugged territory with "Problematic Riddim" and the brutal "Concrete Riddim".

Responsibility Riddim" and its vocal version "Let It Ride" are refined and dreamy, laced with melancholy, feeling even like an elegy for the UK funky sound. But the much more rugged "Problematic Riddim" is the real deal, instantly conjuring images of synchronised skanks, with everything you'd want from, say, a vintage Ill Blu track. - Sam Davies The Wire

Evidently, within Swing Ting, there is a steadfast dedication to diversity and dancefloor, which provides the context needed to appreciate Samrai’s neat, four-track debut solo release. - Erin Mathias Truants

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