Release Date: May 7, 2012
Record label: Night Slugs
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
The track you've been waiting for doesn't come until the end of Girl Unit's new EP, so let's start at the beginning. "Ensemble (Club Mix)" isn't too far off from labelmate Jam City with its grime-friendly basslines and skronky synths, until it fades out into a lush synth section in endorphin overdrive. "Double Take" is like "I.R.L." MK II, with exaggerated rhythms slamming down into a vacuum chamber of reverb, but even that tails off into a coda of blissful Timbaland-isms.
The bar's been raised high for Philip Gamble, and it's almost entirely his own doing. Back in 2010, the UK producer who works as Girl Unit followed up "IRL", his debut single for the hip cross-continental poly-dance label Night Slugs, with an absolutely massive slab of electronic mania in the form of "Wut". Simultaneously frantic and spacious, with the kind of vocal hook that both burns itself into your brain and resists simple replication, "Wut" was six-and-a-half minutes of airhorn-slathered awesomeness that made the melodic tang of purple sound positively black by comparison.