- Josh Crowe
Do As You Please return with their first annual label compilation “With Us Vol. 1”
The Manchester-based record label, online record store, and mix series Do As You Please (DAYP) return with their 4th label release in the shape of volume 1 of their annual compilation series, entitled “With Us”, which is due to be released for Bandcamp pre-order on June 16th, 2021 and on all other major platforms on July 9th.
This release signifies a massive step for Do As You Please, who've gone from strength to strength during the pandemic. They've built a burgeoning reputation as a forward-thinking label, embracing some of the U.K's most promising producers. Another seminal ingredient to their success is their down-to-earth nature and family feel, which you'll encounter at their events which have gone done incredibly well.
DAYP continue to champion their ethos of delivering tasteful, experimental and forward-thinking music whilst supporting up and coming talent from the UK and beyond. This release houses a bustling lineup of label mainstays and newcomers, some of which have recently received support from BBC Radio 1 DJs such as Jaguar, Danny Howard & Pete Tong.
Over 9 tracks, the compilation explores timbral possibilities within house, acid, tech house, breakbeat, big beat and electro. It's a no-nonsense compilation where's there's no room to dwell, throwing you straight into a sonic pulpit. The impactful, varied and dynamic collection of work embodies what Do As You Please is and strives to be as a label and music brand.
The artists and label have defied the setbacks of the pandemic, coming together to showcase their slice of lockdown history in artistic form. As the world craves a renaissance of culture, on the cusp of an impending summer of love, this developing collective is showing signs of a prosperous future and being an important cog in defining an era of British dance music.
Label mainstays Samo Lung and Casika appear on the compilation. Samo Lung once again exemplifying why he's one of my favourite producers around, '1000 Way's To Get Paid' adding to his already blistering discography of certified head-wobblers. I'm constantly left feeling like he can't top his previous release, then he seemingly comes through with another release that blows my mind. Casika comes through 'Congregate', a masterfully tempered release with delightfully pungent bursts of acid. Fon Smith's Spicy Peperoncino is a sonic nod to the dancefloor, a certified digger whose mix of Komrad with Joe Roche really blew me away.
Lo5ive kills it with a wonderfully hypnotic track, the progressive production by the Kultura Sound mainstay exemplifies the depth of genres covered in the compilation. Izzy Locke's 'So Funny I Forgot' is arguably the highlight of the compilation for me, I first heard about Izzy after her standout set on Oramics. The track resembles her mixing style, wonderfully emotive with an eclectic range of sounds.
Plastik Corpse once again exemplifies his wonderful knack for mastering tribalistic percussion patterns. The elusive Mancunian's 'Morienta' is guaranteed to get you moving. Co-founder of Off License Records Enigma ends proceedings with 'Digital Oxygen', the perfect finale to a standout compilation. Enigma has somehow topped his 2020 remix of Joe Roche's Dogmatic, this one is fizzing with animal intensity that leaves you wanting more.
These lot absolutely smashed it!
Featured With Us Volume 1 artists are: Sahar | Samo Lung | Fon Smith | Joe Roche | Casika | Lo5ive | Izzy Locke | Enigma | Plastik Corpse
Release artwork provided by legendary Manchester designers, Trevor Johnson & John Walsh (FAC51 The Hacienda & Factory Records).
Do As You Please founder Niall Roche has even been kind enough to put together a Soundcloud playlist for us of tracks that shaped the compilation, it's a belter!
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