Set your minds back to 2002. Aquasky’s Passenger imprint was buzzing with exciting new music, including a fresh faced, wobbly bass enthusiast named Infekto. That year he would debut his unique sound on the label with a release called Burner/Black Magic (The label would later go on to release tracks, remixes, collaborations and DJ mixes from the likes of Friction, Meat Katie, Simon ‘Bassline’ Smith & Drumsound, Noisia, Kool Keith, DBridge, Nick Thayer and the Ragga Twins). Infekto then went on to release his universally loved track ‘Miami Treble’ on Passenger in 2004, which caught the ears of the industry and fans alike. It would inspire his next incarnation, Rico Tubbs and his seminal single ‘Gangsters’ and album ‘Knuckle Sandwich’ (Menu Music). Since then, Rico has gone on to release his sound on labels such as Cheap Thrills, T&A, Trouble and Bass, Party Like Us & his own label Bass=Win.
Passenger has also stayed very active. The board of directors at the label has been cut down to just Brent Newitt now, but the A&R is as sharp as it always was, with quality recent releases from Zombie Robot, 601, Radiokillaz and Ellis Dee.
Both Rico and Brent have now decided to revisit his Infekto days whilst bringing it all up to date with this new EP.
First up, Infekto gives you the Old Skool inspired bass action of ‘Smasher’. Fresh off the back of working with the Skrillex, The Ragga Twins make a massive appearance here on ‘Dancehall Rule’. They do exactly what you want them to do here. Be The Ragga Twins and mash up the riddim.
On remix duties for ‘Dancehall Rule’ is Manix. One half of UK Legends ‘4 Hero’ & ‘Tom & Jerry’, Mr. Mark Anthony Clair, the Papa Don of Reinforced Records (one of the first labels Aquasky released on) brings the classic sounding production that harks back to a simpler age of raving in a car park off the M25.
Last but by no means least, to finish the EP off, Rico fires back with his new style on ‘Rinse Music’. Wobble bass madness!!!
This EP bridges the gap between Infekto & Rico Tubbs, but also between Passenger now and Passenger then, a must for both sets of fans alike.
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