Bassline Providerz 3

by Manuel Fischer

Dark Shark 04:09


After releasing his debut album „Roadkill Grill in Novosibirsk” on Asquithʼs Lobster Theremin imprint last year, Manuel Fischer returns to his very own label Ozelot, to take care of unfinished business. What has been started together with label mate Prioleau on the EP “Bassline Providerz 1” comes full circle one year later with Fischer taking sole control on “Bassline Providerz 3”. The Zurich-based labelʼs sixth release completes yet another trilogy, after the Black Belt Academy series that ran from 2017 to 2018, and marks an end and a beginning alike: from this point on, there will be no more trilogies, which opens up a whole lot of other exciting possibilities for the label. New artists, new concepts, new ideas. Moving forward, a more fluid approach allows to aptly react to all the inspiring things that are out there. Ozelot Ltd. unlimits itself, if you want.
But before all this will unfold, Manuel Fischer hammers it home with “Bassline Providerz 3”. As the EPʼs title suggests, the three, well, provided tracks are dancefloor material par excellence. You can listen to them wherever, of course, but while doing so, you will better be imagining yourself on a dancefloor; as dark and dingy as possible.
Take A2, the prophetically titled “Doomsday Preppers”, as an example: it is hard not to think about sound system culture and the best records that came out on Orsonʼs Version label while listening to the trackʼs broken structure and dub-informed bassline.
Perfectly executed in house tempo and with enough going on to transcend mere tool- status. Let me put it this way: you will recognize a roller when you hear one. “Doomsday Preppers” shares the A-side with “Dark Shark”, its slightly more nervous- sounding sibling that makes use of a complex drum pattern and a memorable melody youʼll might catch yourself whistling after listening. Finishing off the EP is “Barking Shiba in Shibuya”, a trance-informed hymn that launches into space and does not (want to) make an effort to come down again until the very end. With “Bassline Providerz 3”, Manuel Fischer crafts three strong arguments for the dancefloor. In June
2020, at a time where clubs are still closed and the opportunity to dance is limited to oneʼs own home, he reminds us of better times that were and better times that will be. These three cuts will make you want to get down to business.

text by Mathis Neuhaus


released July 22, 2020


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