With an aggressively sexy ensemble of basslines and groove, Clyde P has earned a reputation in France as a ‘hotly tipped’ DJ and producer. Since then, he has gone global, touring extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Whether it be New York, or Coachella afterparties, the Frenchman’s boisterous sound continues to grow. A man of many methods, Clyde straddled multiple genres of music before targeting house. Tech-house is the current de-facto home of Clyde, and Zangief EP proves it.
With previous releases on Toolroom and Bedrock Records, Clyde has been engulfed in the modern house renaissance. Previous collaboration with Tim Baresko has demonstrated a raw, bass heavy sound. This latest EP features three tracks on Desert Heart Records with a similar aesthetic. Boisterous, loud and in your face, these tracks wouldn’t be out of place at Circoloco Ibiza in the blazing August sun. All that’s left now for you – the listener, is to grab a cold drink, get the record spinning and be transported overseas.
Track one is ‘Zangief,’ which pulls no punches, hitting the listener with a thick rolling bassline and loose tech-house snares. There is a certain intensity about this track and if you don’t start moving your foot, there’s something wrong. The bassline becomes more and more menacing with each repetition and it would be easy to get lost inside the track in a live setting. Samples appear readily, in particular, the small break beat drums that add weight to the direction of the track.
The Mike Tyson sample is a standout, making track number one of this EP a real knockout.
There is a Prodigy influence in the breaks, which are later twinned with high voiced samples, pulling the listener back to a 90s feel. The overall sound is strikingly modern however, fit for a beach and dancefloors full of eager punters. Zangief is a fun track, holding no real complexity. This is a strength of the track, as it jumps straight to the point. The Mike Tyson sample is a standout, making track number one of this EP a real knockout.
Track two is ‘Time Zone’, featuring Daaamn. Holding the same sound throughout the EP, Time Zone rolls out a deep house ensemble, cut apart by subtle breakbeat and flashes of vocals of the same genre. The blend of genre samples works across this EP, which adds something new to the much-oversaturated tech house cannon. There is a looseness in the production, which actually works to Clyde’s advantage, giving a raw feel to the tracks, making them feel authentic.
The final track is titled ‘I Wanna Go,’ which rolls out a selection of funky drums over a tech-house kick until a female voice repeats the title. The menacing bassline is back, joined by a chopped electric drum that remains tight to it. This works well, marking the place for many a raver to move themselves to. We all have that sample we move to in a track, be it bassline, hi-hat or melody- I Wanna Go provides a selection of different grooves to latch onto.
The EP makes for a decent enough listen through headphones, but the real home of these melodies is through a fat sound system, with the sun beating down upon you. This is an EP for DJs who are looking to push afterparties to another level. Play it loud enough and close your eyes, for a minute, you’re there.