Snips is the founder of Barbershop records as well as the co-founder of one of the best, if not the best hip-hop night London has ever seen – Livin Proof. Being one of the most prolific DJs in the scene here, he is also an esteemed producer, something that is showcased brilliantly on his excellent Barbershop album released earlier this year in March. These couple of months are busy two with new releases from the legendary London DJ and producer. The first is titled Edits Vol. 1, released on the 17th August and London Livin’ EP, which is due to be released on the 21st September.
On Edits Vol 1, Snips delves into remix territory, where he takes some of the best neo-soul tracks and edits them into exciting cuts perfect for the dancefloor. The first, “Golden Jill,” takes one of Jill Scott’s classic 2004 hit “Golden” and gives it an afro-house rhythm to it that mixes Fela Kuti level funk with deep house grooves that are perfect for dancefloors. “Wanna Down A Brandy?” brings a smooth house remix to an R&B classic, Brandy’s 1994 breakthrough single “I Wanna Be Down.” “D’angelos Pie” takes the D’Angelo 2000 classic and provides a mellow and dope take on the track. With gorgeous keys, hard-hitting drums and a subtle but poignant bassline, the track really comes into its own. Snips did a great job with it. Finally, New Edition’s “Once In A Lifetime Groove” gets an incredible boom-bap rework that really is begging for a rap feature. An excellent track that is both smooth and hard-hitting with its drum arrangements.
Overall, Snips’ eclectic production styles shine through brilliantly on this new EP. You can listen to Edits Vol.1 below via Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support!