“With a vocal delivery not too dissimilar to jheri-curled hero, Rick James, and slick, lazer-guided synths, it’s hard to resist. I’m a total sucker for those crystalline keyboard melodies and snappy 808 beats. To be honest, I’m not going to have enough space to give gushing praise to all the tracks here, never mind the two killer remixes from Machinedrum and Computer Jay. The Weather Report-style fusion of ‘Don’t Play Around With That’ nods to Drexciya as much as it does to Dâm-Funk; and the spiky electro-funk of ‘Hook It Up’ will be giving the likes of Hudson Mohawke a few ideas. A pleasure to write about and a pleasure to listen to over and over again. I’d give it 11 out of 10 if possible.”
“As fantastic as the vocals sound, the instrumentals make you realise that this producer understands the fundamentals of funk.”
“‘Hook It Up’ fits enough rattling snares, reverb-washed claps, and booming bass into the tune’s smooth, glowing flow to make this one just as appropriate for a late-night party breakdown as a smoke session at a similar hour. But Drive Me Home is no one-trick pony, and his EP has a variety of funk-dipped electronic offerings to be heard.”
Fast Life is the first EP from producer Drive Me Home, featuring vocals from Olivier Daysoul, Spoek Mathambo and Riky Rick. Combining elements from classic soul, modern R‘n’B and contemporary club music, the release is accompanied by strong remixes from Machinedrum and Computer Jay.
Title track ‘Fast Life’ is a shimmering opener, and a perfect match for Olivier Daysoul’s slick vocals. It reminds of a time when the sound of urban American radio was king and provided the soundtrack to lazy days in sun-blessed parks and streets.
The infectious ‘Blah Blah Blah’ is next and marries vocals from two of South Africa’s new generation of hip hop performers, Spoek Mathambo and Riky Rick. We found it impossible to resist this one.
Two instrumental tracks follow, the 808 chiller ‘Don’t Play Around With That’ and the dancefloor-calling ‘Hook It Up’, both great examples of Drive Me Home’s aim to evoke established styles whilst trying to find ways to bring new life to them with fresh ideas.
The EP is rounded out by a great uptempo remix of ‘Blah Blah Blah’ by Machinedrum, and a remix of ‘Fast Life’ by Computer Jay that has one of the baddest basslines we’ve heard in a long time.
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