Mike White – XTASY EP (Out Now)
After creating a buzz on the underground with a string of free releases and RED, released on Fracture Recordings, the artist formally known as Realness Mix drops his much anticipated EP, XTASY.
XTASY has a retrofuturistic feel to it. It reminds you of the stuff you wanted to rave to but wasn’t old enough as a kid, contains the drum licks and grooves that inspired your favourite producers, DJs and idols but the icing on the cake is the piercing ecstasy vocal. I’m not into drugs, prescribed or recreational, but this type of XTASY is purely musical. Not only can you step to it on the dance floor, but you can cut the faders to the sharp high hats and snares. I’ve been waiting for this release since Sam Supplier dropped it at Back To 95 earlier in the year.
I’ve witnessed the transformation from Realness Mix to Mike White, from something raw, rugged and untamed, into a sound much more distinguished and refined. The XTASY EP features a new production style which is a shadow of its former alias, in the form of RED which was released on Fracture last year. Rather than have a staggered, laid back, hard hitting, body the rave kinda riddim, XTASY is more get up and go. The basslines are a relentless onslaught of full steam ahead, the high hats keep rolling, the kicks and snares as flawless as Ali or Tyson with the speed bag, and the addition of the British dance vocal -a salute to classic British Dance Music iconography cement this one as a certified banger!
Catch Mike White at the DVR showcase in Bristol, Saturday 23rd July @ Blue Mountain alongside Sam Supplier, Archie B and X5 Dubs.
Mike White XTASY EP out now on DVR, buy here.