Allysha Joy – Let It! (Rebecca Vasmant remix) [First Word Records]

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This EP consists of several formidable female artists, hand-picked by Allysha as an extension of the Torn : Tonic message, to empower and share the stories of women and non binary peoples through song. Shy One kicks off the set, fresh from her recent Eglo Records EP, and kicks ’Still Dreaming’ (also featuring Rara Zulu on vocals) up to 130BPM, for a jackin’ heads down affair, complete with an unapologetic kick, crispy hats, chopped rhodes, rolling bass and subtle acid tweaks. Risa T from the CoOp Presents crew is up next with her rub of the Ego Ella May collab ‘Calling You’.

This one staying truer to the original track, switching the rhythm to a 4/4 bounce and picking up the tempo — slightly deeper, dubbier affair for the dancers. UK Soulstress Emmavie takes on the album track ‘Fatima’ which also features the vocals of Belle Bangard. The most downtempo of the set, though the double-time hats and growling b-line keep the energy high, with sliced guitar cuts and additional backing vox from Emmavie herself. It’s a seriously smooth concoction. Finally, Glasgow’s Rebecca Vasmant provides her flip of the album’s lead single ‘Let It!’, adding some warm sub-bass and delicate harps. This unique mix brings space to the original sax and harmonics, while the drums run alongside this expansive skippy pulse.


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