Tessela – ‘Hackney Parrot / Helter Skelter’ (Poly Kicks)

“Club Monster” isn’t a phrase you’ll find used too sparingly on these pages, but with Tessela‘s latest having done the rounds via the UKs top flight bass-leaning DJs (Addison Groove, Jackmaster, Loefah, Skream), plus a Youtube rip receiving alot of love over the past few months, it’s fair to say that the debut release for the young West Country producer’s new Poly Kicks label is nothing if not club material.

Having built a name for himself over the past two years with a handful of percussion-led releases on labels like 2nd Drop, All City and Punch Drunk, the new London residents latest output is one aimed squarely at the dancefloor. The two track release kicks off with edited breakbeats, chopped diva vocals and three note atmospherics, before finally releasing a rough warehouse bassline that comes with all the rudeboy swagger of classic Dr. S Gachet, yet unfortunately none of the complexity. The template is repeated throughout with satisfying aplomb, which undoubtedly does wonders to any club with a decent soundsystem, yet there is something of a pre-packaged rave ambience in the neatness of its construction that lends a staleness to proceedings.

The flip sees Tessela issue an inventive reminder of how he’s built his name, as classic Wax Doctor-era stabs and entwined, rolling breaks play over plucked sub bass power, before a singular treated organ
scale appears at the mid-way mark. As ever, the drums are where it’s at with this producer, and the clattering snare hits and shaking layers of percussion create a rattling funk that’s hard to ignore, if
just a little brief. Functional, sharpened and just a little too clinical, this is prime club fodder, if not that keenly developed.

Louis Cook

‘Hackney Parrot / Helter Skelter’ is available now via Poly Kicks.