You could figure out what's going on in these three tracks just by their titles. "It's All In The Groove" lives and dies through its bassline, a perfect, stepping figure you might find buried in an instrumental break on a Chic or Curtis Mayfield record. It's elastic, harnessing a soulful energy similar to the Peven Everett classics Plessow plays. Electric piano obsessives will find a lot to love on "A Lil' Tribute To The Moody Black Keys," a cut that also appears on MCDE's recent Selectors 001 compilation. The track pays homage to the tonal breadth of the Fender Rhodes, as quivering tremolo chords counter the instrument’s traditional dusky sound. Again, the bassline is busy. It hits a disco breakdown midway through and establishes Hussain as a funky synthesizer man.
Plessow's a generous digger. His recorded sets are immediately dissected by the Shazaam-wielding internet posters. This past summer, he broke tracks like Tru Tones' "Dancing," a delightful Caribbean disco tune. Now, he's pressing up his secret weapons for mass consumption. MCDE has done the heavy lifting here but also, hopefully, inspired DJs to get their hands dirty as well.