Artist: Monkey Safari
Label: Hive Audio
Remixer: Animal Trainer
Cat. #: HIVEAUDIO015
Release Date: May 2013
1. Sensation (Original Mix)
2. Lap Clap (Original Mix)
3. Sensation (Animal Trainer Remix)
German pair Monkey Safari are label and club owning music obsessives, here returning to Hive Audio with a brand new EP of hot house sounds following EP and LP releases on their own Mambo and What! What! labels in 2012. The package also comes backed with a tasty remix from Animal Trainer.
First up, the title track is an attitude-riddled wedge of funky tech house with a thick bassline driving the whole thing along. Some rapped vocals add a sleazy urban edge and whooshing synths add a sense of scale. Tribal and party starting, this is one for the peak time floor and no mistake.
Lap Clap is the other original, this time featuring wiggling percussive lines woven tightly into a repeated vocal cry that is all but indecipherable. Everything about it feels loose limbed and ramshackle, like it might fall apart, but it doesn’t, instead working to a frenzy where more rapped vocals burst in to inject some human warmth.
Finally, Swiss pair Animal Trainer turn in their remix which is much less immediate. Here the bassline swings low, the synths are moody to start with, eventually freeing up towards the latter part of the track. It’s tense house music that twists and turns in every direction and takes you with it.
Another fine EP not only on Hive, but also from the inimitable Monkey Safari boys.