Club music certainly has mutated in so many different ways in the last 10 years, basically getting to the point (finally) where everything seems to be fair game. And outside of the hyped-up drum patterns and rapid fire progression changes, it’s all essentially created from that particular producer’s blank canvas. Even with trends flowing in currently at an extremely fast pace, substantially giving this side of the tempo scale a ton of life and relevancy, it’s always refreshing when a producer continually experiments with sounds not bound by fear or consequences.
One producer who’s been relentless in pushing club music’s boundaries consistently for the past couple years or so is NYC native Curl Up. So many of his past productions via outlets like Subdrive have been skull crushing 160BPM riot fests that have tested listeners comprehension on what club music can really even be. For his debut release on Terrorhythm due December 9 though, he’s completely flexing in a Jersey club gone Cashmere Cat kind of way that’s very current and now and just downright beautiful. Already with heavy support from Rinse FM and BBC Radio 1, this three-track EP is a huge end of the year highlight for me. The whole release is immaculately produced with sharp R&B vocal chops, exceptionally bouncy energy and a ridiculous amount of cohesiveness. Like for real, all three tracks are jaw dropping and it’s not really fair to try and pick a favorite. It’s just honestly that good.