Thanks to everyone supporting SF001 Scott Diaz - Chancery Lane / On High
To follow up from that release, Strictly Flava turned to the skills of house and garage producer Qualifide.
Strictly Flava strive to push the boundaries in UK bass music and the brief to Qualifide was: “To experiment and do something different, that didn’t necessarily fit into a genre but still sounded like his style”. Matt though about it for a while and the result was the ‘Deep End EP’. 4 tracks which embrace UK garage, house, Bass and grime.
Track one ‘Block Them’ in a nod back to Qualifide’s ‘Look Shook’ era, but with a soulful sample loop and well cut up hooks which subtly change throughout the duration of this groove making a unique merge of styles.
The title track ‘The Deep End’ has a sub bass designed to destroy sound systems, you are without doubt going to be drawn into this broken groove which is a cross between broken beat, garage and old skool 2 step.
Tracks three and four: ‘They Run’ and ‘They Run (Dub)’. These two versions are a trip back to the vintage US garage ‘Dub Mix’ sound with a trance like twist. A hypnotic synth hook loops throughout the duration, which is broken up with various spooky samples and well delivered drum edits & progressive drum programming.
Take a step back, listen to this EP well, as it is will take you straight into the deep end of Strictly Flava’s vision of the future of Bass music.
SF002: Qualifide ‘The Deep End’ EP