Few know their way around an exuberant 2-step remix quite like Brackles.
As exhibited on last year’s buoyant debut LP for Rinse, the Apple Pips/Planet Mu alumnus has a knack for channeling the infectious optimism of first-wave UK garage. From twisted breakthrough ‘LHC’ to the sanguine ‘Never Coming Down’, his beats are wonderfully tactile 2-step/UK funky hybrids.
His remix game is particularly strong: see his honey-sweet edit of Cassie’s ‘Me & You’, or his semi-industrial version of Marina & The Diamonds’ otherwise irredeemable ‘Power & Control’. Indie dance four-piece CYMBALS are the latest in line for a Brackles retouch. In his hands, ‘The Natural World’ becomes a shimmering glitterball jam, carried by the chatter of cowbells and woodblocks.
CYMBALS’ ‘The Natural World’ single is out now. The band will play London’s Seabright Arms on June 13.