Danny Berman (aka Red Rack’em) broke through in 2009, when his brilliantly quirky unreleased remix of The Joubert Singers’ ‘Stand On The Word’ – all unexpected stabs, off-kilter basslines and ghostly vocals – was picked up by Gilles Peterson and Greg Wilson, the latter of whom reportedly played it in every set for an entire year.
As the name suggests, ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ keeps up this weird approach to disco, exhibiting an even greater confidence in production. It begins conventionally enough, with a deep piano house opening that made me question how appropriate the title was. The abrupt switch into funky bass and guitar samples set me straight, but when that wonky bassline kicked in, I could envision the dancefloors being turned upside down. A juddering, dubby breakdown and some unexpected key changes cement the track as an audacious and exceptional offering for the dance, while the quality continues on the flip with two different but equally daring tracks, featuring noodly jazz piano, chromatic key changes, and chopped and processed vocals.