Julio Bashmore - Au Seve
“Au Seve” marked the latest milestone in the rise of low-end-loving house producer Julio Bashmore. In case you’ve somehow missed the hype, the past few years have seen Bashmore emerge as the one of the bright young hopes of British dance music, emerging out of Bristol’s club scene (with some support from Claude VonStroke and his Dirtybirdimprint) to claim a place at the forefront of a mini house renaissance. Over the past months, Bashmore has kicked that rise into overdrive, owning 2011 with omnipresent floor filler “Battle For Middle You,” scooping a slot on BBC Radio 1’s late-night schedule, and scoring DJ gigs of ever-increasing prominence. Now, he’s launched his own label, Broadwalk, and “Au Seve” arrived as the inaugural release.
It’s a fitting debut for the imprint, the a-side acting almost like a calling card, bearing all the hallmarks—both positive and, to a lesser extent, negative—of Bashmore’s production style. “Au Seve” is undoubtedly an excellently crafted house tune; as with all of Bashmore’s best work, the production is near-faultless, and the whole thing is perfectly structured and fine tuned to draw the maximum amount of drama out of the infectious bass and synth hook. Even more impressive, it manages to do so without ever feeling hammy or overdone. It’s an immaculate exercise in retro house music, but that’s also its biggest flaw. As enjoyable as “Au Seve” is, it’s hard to shake the feeling that the track is effectively a retro piece. Literally every sound—from the drum samples to the toplines—could have been lifted from disco and Chicago-house records, and the hook is based around a generic vocal sample.
Regardless, enjoy this massive track.