DJ Gaw - Hand Sign
Release Date: 7th August 2020
Label: Born On Road
Catalog Number: BORN034
Stepping up for his first outing on Aries & Kelvin 373’s esteemed multi-genre label Born On Road, Gillingham-via-Bristol’s DJ Gaw offers up five thumping rollers in the form of the Hand Sign EP. The defiant project serves as his second to date, coming just weeks after the Headpiece EP, a collection of resonant rollers and twitching jump up numbers released in July via Nicky Blackmarket’s label Kartoons. Having already secured the support of drum and bass royalty including Macky Gee, Bryan Gee and Aphrodite, the young producer is fast becoming one to watch, with Hand Sign serving as yet another clear indicator of his musical credentials.
Opening with luscious, serene synth pads, the EP’s title track quickly explodes into a bouncing, jungle-inspired groove, dominated by throbbing sub bass and bullying breaks and broken up by momentary pauses. Meanwhile, “Hyper” is a collaboration with North Devon-based hip hop artist Joe Burn, who channels his Jamaican roots into a patois-slanted topline, spitting over a vibrant amalgamation of reggae skanks, dub sirens, sampled breakbeats and fluttering basslines. “I Feel” transitions from an airy, nostalgic intro into a quivering, jump up-inspired drop, with gritty formant basses offset by juddering sub-bass fills and overlaid with soulful slabs of sampled vocals.
Penultimate offering “Signal” is an exhilarating aural journey, with soothing chords and twinkling percussion giving way to sporadic, squelching basslines and frantic, shaking drums. Seeing out the EP is “Rasta”, a booming collaboration with labelmate Disrupta and their second tag-team following the atmospheric 2019 effort “Danger”. “Rasta” is comparatively furious, with an old-school homophonic intro quickly descending into a roaring, riotous drop, furnished with bitcrushed screams and waspish reeses to make for the rawest cut on the EP, showcasing the pair’s fluency in yet another style of D&B and concluding the project with flair.
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