Following two excellent records from Workshop's old guard—Kassem Mosse's debut album and Lowtec's last EP—Workshop 21 presents four tracks from lesser-known UK artists. The A-side cuts are the catchiest things Workshop's ever released. First is Willow's "Feel Me," a sub-heavy house tune with an earworm R&B vocal that was a highlight of Move D's fabric 74. Then we get "Somebodies Baby," a woozy lo-fi pop number by Tapes, a London artist previously spotted on Sex Tags offshoots Amfibia and Thug Records.
The B-side takes a different tack. "Villager," a 1996 production by a short-lived artist called The Horn, is clunky, angular house, all swirling rhythms and melodramatic synths. "Lost Track" is a contemporary effort in the same tradition—a murky, dreamlike crawler by Herron, owner of The Soup Kitchen in Manchester and resident at its main party, meandyou. Each track strikes a different chord, and together they easily make up one of Workshop's finest records.