Kartoons has always been a label to support talent, no matter how long the producer has been in the game and this can certainly be said for the ‘Headpiece’ EP by DJ GAW. A truly unrestricted artist that certainly ticks all of Nicky Blackmarket’s boxes when it comes to his labels criteria. Vibes from the past, vibes for the future.
GAW brings along Bruk for some back to back production duties on ‘Badman Selecta’ where a bunch of dreamy pads are chucked in momentarily before all kinds of wonky, off key business kicks off. ‘Fadeaway’ takes a ton of feelings from the label's heritage with breakbeats and sub rolls straight out of ‘96. What you have here is nothing short of a love letter to Hysteria and One Nation.
EP title track ‘Headpiece’ keeps that similar vibe running, taking inspiration from even further back. It’s got a nice pre jump up jungle vibe going on so if you experienced Jungle Mania in ‘94, just close your eyes and flick the switch.
‘Here We Go’ locks off the EP, bringing the mood up to date and adding in an element of darkside danger. It’s a ruthless chunk of music that guarantees to switch up the dance in seconds.
If this EP is anything to go by, expect much more from GAW in 2020.
Artist: DJ GAW
Release Date: 17th July 2020
Catalogue Number: KARDIGI025
Press Release: Dubplate Creative