British disco imprint Outcross Records release the ‘I Can Fly’ EP this June by label owners Miguel Campbell and Matt Hughes.
Miguel Campbell recently unleashed his undeniable talent upon the world with the heavy hitter ‘Something Special’ on Hot Natured. He now returns to the roots of his success with longtime alliance Matt Hughes, who together as MAM and individually, have been steadily releasing their infectious hooky disco grooves on Outcross Records since it’s inception in 2006.
The duo, both based in Leeds have been making waves in the cities underground scene for several years now and their inspiration lies deeply rooted in American disco grooves and smooth Parisian house. All of their compositions are draped in soul and finely tuned to perfection, often with a live and organic feel.
This latest release comprises three originals, all infused with an evocative nostalgia. Opening with ‘I Can Fly’ the pair work in high-pitched synthesizers around a classic 4/4 disco beat, a wonderfully catchy filtered disco vocal hook and an acid style bass, creating a bumping 90s electro vibe with touches of hip-hop aesthetics. ‘Beats Can Fly’ simply strips back the vocals leaving you with penetrating raw melodies and a crisp drum beat for those wanting things a little grittier.
Closing the release is ‘Talking Box’, a feel-good number, featuring an electrifying synth hook that ripples through your mind, hooking you from the off. A low-end sub warbles in the background creating a slo-mo rolling groove, whilst bright piano chords lead the way. The ‘less is more’ approach to the composition does it justice, opting for minimal elements, yet each has a maximum effect, soundly playing off one another to create something retro, heartfelt and enviably captivating.
Out in June.