Mix two of Europe’s most exciting vinyl imprints and what do you get? It happened, it’s unique, and it may just be a peek into the future. Uzoamaka is an original track by King Britt from 2002, that still remains as fresh and uplifting as it was 15 years ago. This powerful reissue is the second installment in a partnership between Berlin staple Lossless and Nuno Dos Santos’ Dutch label Something Happening Somewhere. After giving the original a new master (pulled straight from old wax), the labels tapped some of their own crew to make their own edits to the record.
Legendary King Britt is in a class of his own, the record skirts house while boasting a refreshing tribal vibe. Known for going outside of the boundaries while exploring electronic production, King has progressed house music as a DJ, live act, and label influence. Dubbed by the label as an ‘ode to the ritual of dance music in its purest form’, the original record makes an impact that goes deeper than the primitive drumline. Vocals by ObaFunke tell a story of music, life, and strength.
The three-track bundle gets very interesting on the b-sides. Dixon, the Innervisions boss and close friend of Lossless, took a buzzworth edit you won’t want to miss. Lacing the tune for a modern dancefloor, this update highlights the chorus and brings the melody up for late night anthem that will breathe life and midnight empowerment to any club. Nuno Dos Santos takes the last part with a percussive remix accentuating the force behind this catchy verse.
If you’re going to buy one vinyl this week/month/year, this should probably be the one. A harmony of past, present, and future, this stellar collaboration is exactly how electronic music should be. A melting pop of genres, sounds, and cultures, Uzoamaka pays homage to house.