Rinse FM radio host and sub-heavy house maestro Kye Gibbon, aka Foamo, is set to release his new EP through Rinse on June 17th. Over the past five years Foamo has carved himself out a powerful niche in UK club music, with his takes on house drawing strong influence from growing up with drum & bass, garage and grime.
On his Release Me EP the presence of those styles is as tangible as ever – sub-bass is hard, punchy and optimised to rattle through the chest; drums are swung to a lean garage flex – and they’re put to the service of some of the most multi-faceted music he’s produced to date.
Indeed, while Foamo’s signature colossal, hard-hitting drums and sub-bass are as key a factor as ever in Release Me’s four tracks, his skill with melody is just as strongly apparent. The title track featuring the vocal talents of Lotti, is a slice of slinky vocal house, led by synths swimming in reverb and delay, while tiny flickering breaks and hand-struck percussion weave their way through its central beat.
‘Running’ is an equally infectious affair, finding its chiming melodies driven along by a huge, pulsating bassline which leaps joyfully around the register. ‘Without You’ is harder edged, but again toes a thrilling line where its immersive breakdowns build into explosive salvos of bass and percussion.
The EP is rounded out by an instrumental version of ‘Release Me’. All four tracks find Foamo crafting house music that engages with the genre’s wider context, while remaining steeped in the immediacy and rudeness of the UK’s homegrown dance sounds.
Release Me ft. Lotti
Release Me (Instrumental)