Available on: Ten Thousand Yen 10″
Clip from Deadboy’s FACT mix
Hailing from Bristol but taken under the wing of Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird stable last year, it’s weird to think this is only Julio Bashmore’s third solo release. It’s also one of his most eagerly-awaited, and the one that sees him plant his feet more firmly in the house camp – as opposed to, er, the “future garage” one – than ever before. As with his last single, ‘Batak Groove’/’Around’, Bashmore’s set out to delight the dancefloor with one side and please the lounge lovers with the other, and causally succeeded.
‘Footsteppin’ first grabbed my attention on Deadboy’s FACT mix earlier this year, sampling Jazzanova’s classic renumber of Ian Pooley’s ‘What’s Your Name’ and whisking you back to memories of hot and hazy summer evenings within seconds. Piano chords are spread throughout the record, merging effortlessly into the drum track, soothing synthline and soulful, almost UK garage-esque vocal, and making for wonderfully produced deep house.
The 10” takes a funkier turn on the instrumental ‘Chazm’, fusing an infectious tribal drum loop with a sweeping, sultry synthline. With remixes of Mosca, The Martin Brothers and more on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before Bashmore becomes something of a sensation.