Canadian producer Nick Bike has been really finding his form lately. He had a good year in 2015, with two excellent releases, and this year sees him continue his run with this third instalment in his Chosen Spokes series - and I have to say, for a format that runs just under five minutes per side, Nick Bike really fills each of his releases to the brim, and this is no exception.
The proceedings start with a very funky remix of "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em". A funky guitar lick and some super stomping drums nicely cradle the main focal point of the track, Rakim's lyrics. The chorus is accentuated by some nicely edited vocal grabs. Nothing too fancy is going on here, and that is quite ok with me as Nick quite obviously knows that sometimes less is more. This A side is rounded off with thirty seconds of Nicks usual skippless scratchy sound bites.
The flip side contains three exercises in production - all are fantastic and carry their own flavour. The stand out to me is the huge sounding "Positive Contact", with its squelchy baseline and 90's Hip Hop drums. It's reminiscent of what producers like Danny Breaks and Tipper were doing in the UK a number of years back, and I could quite easily have enjoyed this track on it's own full sided release.
Overall, another great release that is worthy of picking up as soon as possible before it sells out.