Australia’s most exciting new export Contemporary Scarecrow makes a triumphant return this June with a four tracker from Mr. G, following the labels critically acclaimed debut from Boo Williams.
The Contemporary Scarecrow brand takes on two forms, record label, and clothing company, delivering uncompromising quality in both fields. The imprints inaugural EP from Chicago house veteran Boo Williams picked up support from the likes of Lawrence, Jovonn, Hunee, Phil Weeks and Sascha Dive, a striking indication of the sheer quality embodied from the get go. Here the second release welcomes Rekids and Hypercolour artist Mr. G aka Colin McBean, a man whose prominence in the house and techno industry over the years has never faltered and who consistently delivers refreshing, analogue workouts, regardless of the format.
The release kicks off with ‘Potent’, which sees Colin employ his signature gritty, shuffled analogue drums, raw chord stabs and a bulbous tom-driven bass line as the driving force. Subtle variations in the stabs and vocal snippets further fuel the infectious groove, resulting in a dark peak-time number. Next up is ‘Dancefloor’, and as the name would suggest, it’s a direct, hooky rhythm aimed at the discerning house head, with saw wave bass, soul-laden vocals and penetrating chord sequences.
On the flip side, Mr. G drops ‘Tune In’, tipping its focus towards a more refined, deeper sound, with sparse drums, heavily reverberated vocal murmurs and subby low-end tones, the focal point introduces a warm, cossetting organ hook, bringing some additional musicality to the cut. Last up to close the release is ‘Seapuss’, which winds down the EP in a dark and moody fashion, the dropped-tempo number focuses on punchy low- slung drums, elongated bass-lines and swirling white noise to create a profound atmospheric record with a hypnotic, psychedelic feel.