::Behling & Simpson – Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 08::

Artist: Behling & Simpson
Title: Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 08
Format: Vinyl + Digital
LC: 15799
Cat: BJ08
Release date: 05.08.2013

Liked by Maya Jane Coles, Breach, Noir, Solomun, Tensnake, Till Von Sein, Round Table Knights, Urulu and a bunch of other cool cats.

Bristol disco pets Behling & Simpson heat it up for Exploited Rec boss Shir Khan’s Black Jukebox series. All four tracks are built for rooftop parties with the deep V crew, from the filtered strings and soul swagger of ‘Hurt Me More’ to the swinging boogie pose of ‘Don’t Need U’ with Shanti Celeste, and over to the subbass-bugged R&B ace ‘Linctus’ and the fruity wiggle of ‘String 01’.

You may well know Bristol’s Behling & Simpson for their chunky, slow-mo releases on Futureboogie, 2020 Midnight Visions, Applepips and Outernational, or their underground edits of Faith Evans, Ciara and Julio Bashmore. And you may have heard their tunes in sets by people like Jackmaster, X-Press 2, Tensnake, Midland, Funk D’Void and Pete Tong, amongst others. For this 4 track EP on Berlin’s Exploited Records, the duo continue their run of exquisitely produced, distinctive house music, retaining their unique sound whilst also embracing faster tempos than previously.

A1: Hurt Me More (123 bpm)

Already causing a buzz in label boss Shir Khan’s DJ Sets in Ibiza and Barcelona, ‘Hurt Me More’ works with the classic house-music paradox of ‘uplifting melancholy’, as a euphoric disco loop is paired with a soulful vocal, deeper rhode chords and that unmistakeable Behling & Simpson drum work.

A2: Don’t Need U ft Shanti Celeste (113 bpm)

Having first appeared on the lead track of their 2020 Midnight Visions EP (‘Closer’), Behling & Simpson team up again with singer Shanti Celeste for one of their toughest beats to date. Deliciously warm subs and a tuff metallic percussion section work perfectly with Shanti’s life-affirming vocal and classic house pianos.

B1: Linctus (113 bpm)

Could you call it ‘slow speed garage’? Bouncing 808 bass meets New Jack Swing vocals and New York brass stabs over a seriously grooved drum track.

B2: String O1 (118bpm)

Pumping compressed drums, analogue sub bass, filtered techno stabs and an improvised synth string line… Perfect for those eyes down, groove-led moments.

Early Feedback:
Maya Jane Coles: Nice EP! Liking ‘Dont Need U’.
Ben Westbeech / Breach: String 01 is cool.
Tensnake: Very nice sounds. All 4 tracks are ace.
Noir: Sounding great…
Pete Tong: Don’t Need U!!!! Yes we do Jan!
Chopstick: Don’t Need U / Linctus got some serious groove! Love it..
Maxxi Soundsystem: String 01 for moi!
DJMAG: Quite literally in a league of their own.
Waifs & Strays: Great stuff from Behling & Simpson…loving Shanti’s ovals too!
Trickski: What a great Remix Package once again! Don’t Need is my fave.
Joakim: Coolio.
Drop Out Orchestra: Supercool!
Dirt Crew: Great tracks here.
Sasha: Cool tracks.
Round Table Knights: Love them all.
Till Von Sein: Hurt Me More and String 01 are really dope joints! Big up.
Urulu: Absolutely loving this one. Might be my favorite Exploited Record to date. So so so so dope.
Larse: WOW.
DMC UK BUZZCHARTS: More house pippin magic to extend the summer heat.
Kissy Sell Out: Love that you’ve called Linctus “Slow Speed Garage” because you know exactly what I’m gonna do with this track in Ableton right now…hahahaha! (speed it up!). Love love to Shir Khan – always keeping up with the latest trends.
Sante: Nice release! String is my pick here!
Den Ishu: Amazing release – full in love. Thanks for that!
Phonique: String 01 is nice and deep (that deep from the past)!
Grant Nelson: Love B&S. Live this! Full support!
Kyodai: Classic!!
Sinden: Have been playing Hurt Me More out! Big!
Steve Aoki: Thanks for sending.