Wonderboy Budakid delivers ‘No Strings Attached’ EP, containing a Tensnake’s House remix
Budakid proves himself once again as a one to watch very closely, as he delivers a new, splendid two-tracker embellished by a banging remix from Tensnake
Dutch youngster Budakid impressed with his debut release for Berliner label Exploited a few months back in the form of ‘Adieu X’, a masterful slice of epic breakbeat with brooding undertones. Backed with the glorious piano chillout cut ‘A Porcelain Heart’, it made for a very impressive debut. With releases elsewhere on All Day I Dream, Last Night On Earth, Get Physical, and Lost & Found, it’s clear that he is in high demand. Now he returns with two new tracks for Exploited, and a hot remix courtesy of Tensnake.
‘No Strings Attached’ is typical of his sound, with a soaring, triumphant string melody at the center of the track. This flowing motif glides above plucked synth bass phatness and gently rolling house beats, with a lightness of touch in the production that creates a widescreen atmosphere without sounding overblown.
Tensnake‘s remix pumps up the beats to a more skipping 90s house vibe, the strings chopped and looped over hard-funking bass and chord question-and-answer sequences. There’s a tense, moody feel as the track gradually builds towards a big break where that lead motif is unveiled in a beautifully melancholy fashion. A classic house diva vocal refrain is all that’s needed to top it off as the beat slams back in.
‘Verso 71’ is the second original track on the release, and harks back to the vibe of ‘Adieu X’. Recalling classic breakbeat, its twinkling arpeggios and snarling bass provide a stark contrast, with more sweeping synth lines and chunky kick and snare patterns combining in powerful unison.