Having been smothered by bass music from an earlier age than most, it’s little wonder Bristol’s Julio Bashmore went on to become one of the more revered contemporary practitioners of the genre and as he here pairs up with fellow West Country producer Hyetal for the so-called Velour project, it’s again barely surprising that the duo should move into the velveteen realm of louche ’80s disco. You can practically smell the vermouth clinging to Dial, even through thickly powdered nostrils as a rudimentary beat burrows down beneath throwback synth presets and a smoky vocal redolent of Friends (remember them? No?) themselves overdoing the all-pervasive Salt-N-Pepa influence.
Though it’s the rightfully placed A-side to a release expected March 4th on Bashmore’s very own Broadwalk Records, Speedway, which has the most va va voom to it. All blotchy blips and flatulent parps, it’s the sort of music careering around Vice City with the pedal to the metal and the FM on full pelt was coded for. Two to blare out the furled windows of a battered Cadillac fo’ sho’.