Snuff Crew have an undeniable reputation for what they do, evoking the gritty origins of house musicfor the denizens of the digital era via their own productions and through their label, Snuff Trax. For itsfifth offering, Croatia’s Burek label is proud to present the first ever solo EP by Snuffo, one half of the Snuff Crew duo and the A&R mind behind Snuff Trax.
The 2 slices of stripped down, dusty old school Chicago house are almost bipolar in nature. The title track, Missing You (All The Time), presents a more sensitive, slightly melancholic facet of all things Snuff, utilizing echoing 707 elements over a sturdy kick groove whilst dainty chords slowly envelope the listener. The EP’s closing statement, Come Closer, a heads-down, late-night spine-tingler of a track, with a tougher, more jacking feel to it that will appeal to those who appreciate the pre-existing Snuff canon. Woozy pads, chilling SFX and a mean, stomping key-hook all ride atop that vintage, old school percussive groove that is inherent in all things Snuff, providing a finish to the EP’s emotional gradient.
Fleshing the EP out are two remixes of Missing You (All The Time) from opposite ends of the globe that widen the appeal of the whole EP. Critically acclaimed Amsterdam residents Juju & Jordash, fresh off the back of their widely lauded Techno Primitivism album, strip the track down, taking the raw melancholy of the original’s chords and building the whole thing completely back up with ethnic drum rhythms and deep-space bleeps, as a hauntingly psychedelic voyage that rises and falls like the spring-tide. Australian producer Kikumoto Allstars, best known for his output on DJ Hell’s International Deejay Gigolo imprint, takes the same chord sequence as the centre-piece for his interpretation, separating the track into two phrases. First a vocal refrain and sun-kissed Balearic keysraise the remix whilst a peaking acidic 303 line, big kick and ricocheting claps provide momentum and drive the remix to its finale.