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Kab Driver - Hank Bewlington

Kab Driver

Hank Bewlington

Reset Industries

Released: 18th March 2013 | 3 track leftfield/idm single

The second release on Reset Industries comes courtesy of label co-owner Kab Driver, who brings his musical dexterity and melodic flair to bear on a couple of lively, futuristic funk tracks.

The playfulness that characterised his well-received debut LP on Airflex Labs is in full effect once more on Hank Bewlington - a highly original concoction that deploys an array of analogue synth textures and infectious lead hooks over skittering footwork-style rhythms and sub bass swells. Chopped and screwed vocal samples pepper the mix, with sharp edits liberally scattered around in a pleasingly off-kilter fashion. It's a fun and full-on affair, heavily imbued with the funk sensibilities that form the bedrock of Kab Driver's sound.

Wesley Slipes leads off on a wistful piano and bass guitar hook, before dropping into another smart, footwork-style rhythm. Polysix arpeggios and a range of delicate synth touches combine over syncopated drum patterns, which build in intensity until the track breaks down around the halfway mark into some sweet chopped variations on the central piano riff. It's an intricate and detailed track which hangs together beautifully - a fine demonstration of technical and musical know-how from a producer with an impressive knack for both.

On remix duty, up-and-coming garage fanatic REAL gives Hank Bewlington a jacking house makeover, foregrounding the main melody over a satisfyingly deep, sub-led groove. Atmospheric pads and ghostly female vox swirl beneath snappy percussion as the track bumps along, before a particularly well-placed breakdown chops the groove and introduces some addictive house stabs to the mix.

"Strong stuff. I'm liking Welsey Slipes best. Looking forward to more from Kab Driver and Reset."
Paul Moore, Acroplane
"Have been looking forward to hearing new material from Kab Driver since his debut LP dropped and this does not disappoint! loving that Welsey Slips track, big ups!"
Peter Curtin, SPIN South West - The Block Radio Show
"Awesome EP! Wesley Slipes is pure futuristic sleaze."
Baconhead, Eat Concrete
"Yes, digging it, particularly Welsey Slipes - glorious in its technicolour unpredictablity. Will be spinning on the show from next week."
Cian Ó Cíobháin, RTE