Artist: Cassy & D’Julz
Title: What U See In Me E.P
Label: Bass Culture
Cat. #: BCR039
A: What U See In Me
B1: Not What U Thought
B2: What U See in Me (D’Julz Remix)
Digital only: What U See in Me (D’Julz Dub)
The latest Bass Culture presents an exciting partnership between label boss D’Julz and his long time friend Cassy, resulting in three tracks of the kind of refined house music that you would naturally expect from two well-travelled DJs.
Her global status as a DJ ensures Cassy is never far from the minds of switched-on house heads, but it’s a rare treat to enjoy her own productions. When she appears on record she makes it count, and it’s no different here as her and D’Julz tap into what makes them tick as DJs and dancers alike.
‘What U See In Me’ is as seductive and hypnotic a house track as you will ever wish to hear, not least because of the immersive, insistent bassline that throbs away underneath the track. Elegant, icy string tones off-set that bottom-end rumble, leaving the perfect space in the middle for Cassy’s distinctive vocal to call through the mists. It’s the kind of subtle approach to a club track that reveals the control and confidence of producers who don’t need flashy production tricks to create their groove.
On the B side, ‘Not What U Thought’ has a lighter tone, letting sunny chords and a stout drum track radiate a positive energy. There’s a bluesy soulfulness to the choice of keys here, while the rising and falling of the beat makes for an addictive head-nodder with all the hallmarks of a great daytime house cut. D’Julz’s own dub of “What U See In Me” deals in crisp, linear drums to inspire a natural kind of physical reaction, letting in some light on the bass pressure of the original through metallic chords that pulse over the top of the track.
Without the need for distractions or superfluous elements, Cassy and D’Julz have delivered a set of honest, club-ready tracks to inspire meaningful responses from dancefloors who search beyond the obvious and the immediate in their party music.