Cinthie’s Collective Cuts sub-label of her 803 Crystal Grooves imprint returns in February with a fresh four-tracker from Belgium’s UC Beatz.
Hailing from Brussels, Belgium, UC Beatz has been steadily making his mark on the contemporary house scene via releases on the likes of Razor N Tape, Roundabout Sounds, his own Entrepôt Records and Cinthie’s Collective Cuts where he returns here for a full length EP, following his contribution to the various artist package which preceded this one.
‘Bongos, Rhodes & Candles’ leads the EP, the title perfectly setting the tone as organic drums, hazy chords and a jazz leaning house aesthetic propels you into UC Beatz world. ‘Wild Horse’ follows next, stripping things back to shuffled drums, sharp stab sequences, choppy vocals and a gritty bass line.
Opening the flip is ‘Sunshine On My Mind’, shifting focus to deeper sounds with fluttering pads, bright resonant synth licks and bubbling arpeggios while a dynamic drum workout keeps things moving. ‘Vertigo’ then rounds things out with crunchy percussion, jazzy piano lines and squelchy acid licks.