Bristol Bombay EP – Nymfo & Phase – DIS106

If you are anything like me, you are always looking forward to the latest Dispatch Recordings release. The following months will not disappoint at all, as from what I’ve see the release schedule is strong!

This week’s output is by Nymfo and Phase, for an EP titled Bristol Bombay. If you are well versed with the sounds of the Full Cycle camp then the title gives a clue on what you can expect in this release.

Nymfo is such a diverse producer; he can release the most mellow of tunes and totally flip it with his next release with an absolute dancefloor belter, so seeing him hook up with Phase for this release had us all intrigued. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Phase’s solo efforts I would advise you to search on your music service of choice and have a listen. This guy is seriously good!

The title track Bristol Bombay is a big nod to the Full Cycle sound; dreamy atmospheric pads reminiscent of the early Metalheadz releases intertwining with the crisp cutting drums, jazzy stabs and a deep thunderous Bristol baseline.

Next up is a tidy little number called Duvel, following on the vibe set by the title track; full lush pads and atmospherics lead the intro, putting you in a dream state – then in comes a splattering of chopped breaks complemented with a beautiful female vocal as you approach the drop. Everything then gets pulled back to make space for the dirty distorted bass; again very Full Cycle in its makeup. The tune then drops with a sharp stutter drum pattern which is relentless and marries well with the sub. It’s not what you call a roller or dance floor smasher, but it’s definitely a head nodder; to be honest it wouldn’t sound out of place at a Metalheadz Blue Note revival night.

The next tune features the vocal talents of Sense MC. The track is entitled Beautiful Suicide, and it hits the right spots: strong vocals, heavy distorted drums, and eerie haunted house pads and the bass sound that beats your chest. This one would sound amazing in the mix, especially with the answer and response baseline coupled with the lyrics of Sense!

To round the EP off we have “Bulldog”, which is a definite roller of a tune. Starting with tight percussion, rolling drum breaks and old skool fx stabs, the tune let’s you know it’s not hanging around. When the tune drops, you get more of those Full Cycle bass stabs playing off the vocal snippets and reversed fx. This one’s definitely got an old skool feel to it, but with up to date vibes.

This is a well rounded and quality release from the Dispatch camp. It may not contain any out and out dancefloor smashers but this EP isn’t about that! Nymfo and Phase have shown how good they are as a double act and long may it continue.