Glistening, emotive, and soulful, Lido (pictured, left) and Canblaster‘s just-released Superspeed EP presents a fresh take on the ever-growing genre of future bass.
Released via Pelican Fly Records, it continues in the label’s attempts to be a leader in the genre following 2014’s I Love You EP from Lido as well as forward-thinking Jersey club producer Nadus‘ Broke City EP.
Club Cheval affiliate and Brodinski-cosigned producer Canblaster is similar to Lido in style and influence, allowing for the EP to bear a strong creative direction. The most impressive overall production on the EP may be Alarm Clock. Similar to Lido’s 2014 single Money, this one has jazzy synths and a feel similar to ’80s pop-soul in the vein of vocoder-loving duo Zapp and Roger. Gospel piano and electric bass are inspired additions.
Hudson Mohawke-style cinematc trap gets explored here too, as Rush Hour bears the same double-time builds that explode into the kind of euphoric synth fills that led the Glaswegian to stardom. Conversely, Hyperspeed sounds like what would happen if a glimmering trap anthem were given a house remix with its drum-driven and highly funky groove.
Superspeed is a pleasingly progressive pop take on future bass and a welcome addition to the EP. Feeling like equal parts Daniel Bedingfield’s two-stepping 2001 UK hit single Gotta Get Through This and Janet Jackson’s 1997 Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis earworming synth-soul ballad I Get Lonely, it’s the past, present and future of soul music encapsulated in one track.
If a fan of future bass and/or mainstream pop, this is an EP worth purchasing immediately. A likely star-making turn for both, it satisfies many genres without sacrificing the unique positive virtues of any of them. Download via Beatport here.
Also, check out this video below of the duo in the studio crafting the EP.