Classifying music is a fairly redundant task considering the variety and cross-pollination across genres. Chrissy Murderbot is no exception to this, bridging bass music, techno, old-school D’n'B, Chicago footwork/juke and garage in his new ‘Friendship EP‘. Released by Halocyan on 24 July on extremely limited 200-pressing vinyl and digital format, ‘Friendship EP’ “provides a unique perspective as one of the earliest people to connect the dots” (Resident Advisor).
The brilliantly named ‘Bionic Penguins’ kicks things off with colourful arps, a funky bassline and a chopped R’n'B vocal sample that sounds fresh when set against the background of Murderbot’s melodic synthwork and crisp beats. The titular track ‘Friendship’ is a futuristic, meticulously-textured dancefloor track, and remixes from Sumsun and Legowelt round the EP off nicely: Sumsun turns ‘Bionic Penguins’ into a lush, shoegaze-tinged slow jam, and Legowelt brings a touch of disco to the proceedings, his rework of ‘Friendship’ transforming the track into something infectious and summery.
Chrissy Murderbot doesn’t seem to sleep (at least, not much): the last year has seen him release an album on Planet Mu, an EP on his own Loose Squares imprint, and remixes for Machinedrum, Theophilus London, Pixelord, Mark Stewart, Star Slinger and Teki Latex. Let’s hope that the consistent quality and volume of his output continues. Listen to his mix for Boiler Room, featuring ‘Bionic Penguins’ and ‘Friendship’, below. Buy the EP on July 24.
By Maya Kalev