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Duckem - Spreading Rumours EP [EMB012]

Duckem joins the eatmybeat family on their 12th release with the ‘Spreading Rumours EP’, a diverse yet distinct body of work with features from Rakjay, Mob Killa and Bluez. We often like to talk about the interplay between labels, the releases they put out and the artists that they push to help place the music in a wider context and the ‘Spreading Rumours EP’ is a perfect candidate for this kind of analysis. If you listen to eatmybeat’s back catalogue it’ll be crystal clear that variety is the cornerstone of the label, whether it be big room stompers from Hedchef or swamped out techy schwengers from Hypho.

eatmybeats diversity is reflected in Duckem’s work, with loads of different avenues of bass music covered over the five tracks. From the 160 intergalactic cowboy vibes of ‘Loner’ through to the cosmic trappiness of ‘Space Surfer’, Duckem manages to touch on a whole array of musical intricacies throughout the EP, making eatmybeat the perfect place to release it.

The aforementioned ‘Loner’ starts us off with some spaced out vaguely evil sounding half time 160, crows and an old school western sample make this the perfect soundtrack for any space bound bounty hunter about to go make a dollar. ‘Talk Is Cheap’ sees Mob Killa guest on production and Rakjay on vocal duties. This one clocking in around 140bpm makes some seriously good use of space which really allows for Rakjay’s vocals to skip over the beat.

‘Dat’ might be my percy on this release, I can’t quite choose between that or ‘Space Surfer’. I don’t really need to choose between the two, but I can tell you what makes ‘Dat’ for me. It’s that goddamn snare. I’m a sucker for a unique snare drum, and this tongue poppin’ snare really complements the heavy bassline and as of yet unidentified vocal sample.

‘Spreading Rumours’, with Bluez guesting on production, will test your sub and then some. I’ve only managed to listen at home so far, but the next time I get on a soundsystem (Next Juan this October, save the date) I’m 100% gonna drop this and see how many eyeballs I can pop inna dance.

Closing off the release is ‘Space Surfer’, a tune so good I HAD to snag it for the YouTube channel (see above). Cosmic pads dance around 808s and beautifully clicky snares, making this the ultimate audio experience for anyone with a penchant for the stars above.

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