Frendzone’s monthly parties, run in Brooklyn by residents Kellam Matthews and Octo Octa, dispense with the austere Teutonic thud that characterises much of the local scene, opting for a more eclectic selection that ranges from the wailing divas of 90s New York vocal house to wonky breaks and slowed down jungle. Unsurprisingly, the inaugural release of their new label reflects the diversity of these influences.
The split EP features two tracks each from Berlin-based producer Ames Henry and Octo Octa, displaying the latter’s drum and bass influence. ‘Daylight’ opens with liquid pads and chopped r&b vocals prefacing the introduction of rolling subs that suggest something more than standard deep house fare. Rhythmic elements unfold gradually, first a teasingly straightforward pattern of hi hats and snares building momentum up to layered breaks. The real highlight is the middle section in which the atmospheric layers are pulled gently back drawing focus to the intricacy of the breaks and the wildly cascading subs, making their reprise so much more affective.
Follow Frendzone on Facebook for info on where to buy. Octo Octa plays Peckham Rye Music Festival on 12th May. Stamp The Wax also hosts a closing party on the opening weekend, with Mike Huckaby and Jenifa Mayanja on 14th May.