Hong Kong-based subterranean maverick Mr Ho is back on Klasse Wrecks with his latest batch of floor-focused cuts, serving four acid-tinged variations on the 'Angel Number 909' EP.
There’s much to admire about the uncompromising approach adopted by the Klasse Wrecks label that Ho set up alongside co-conspirator, Luca Lozano. Staying true to an evolving but unwaveringly underground aesthetic, they routinely purvey aberrant sonic textures from a close-knit creative ensemble, with indelible moments landing from the likes of Alphonse, Marco Bernardi, Phran and Fjaak. The latest chapter finds Mr Ho in typically robust form as he delivers four takes on a retro-futurist theme.
‘Angel Number 909’ begins via the slow-mo rave of the ‘US Breaks Mix’, where rolling rhythms and hypnotic bass drive brooding acid directly into the strobe-lit throes of a ‘90s warehouse. The self-described ‘Acid House Mix’ does what the name suggests, pitching the analogue instrumentation over a gravelly four/four beat, before the straight-up ‘House Mix’ adds a touch more vigour as the jacked rhythms thump just a little harder, with tension-building vocals and overdubs combining to lift the energy. Finally, the ‘Breaksapella’ offers a stripped interpretation of the ‘US Breaks’ version, allowing the gritty 303 line space to soar over the relentlessly driving drums. Grubby, nocturnally charged, and ripe for cavernous spaces, these cuts are sure to evoke the requisite rave atmospherics when powering across gyrating floors.
Listen to 'Angel Number 909 (Acid House Mix) here:
Mr Ho 'Angel Number 909' is out now on Klasse Wrecks, you can buy it here
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