Hot off the press is a brand spankin new release from the ever popular Neurodisc Records, who bring forth four dance music vets partnered up to give an uplifting breath into house music. Peplab is a melding of funky, disco house, hardcore techno, and electro that just makes you feel so good. The group began with Ferry Ridderhof and Peter Garnfski who in the mid nineties produced Doop. While attending The Royal Conservatory in lovely Den Hauge the pair teamed up with Hans Weekhout, composer of the techno classic 20 Hz, and Edward Boellaard with his screwed Blackburst hard-house sounds. What resulted is an awesome blend of house, electro, pop and just about whatever else you can throw in as long as its not expected.
From the start Drive proves to be a very different album. The opener Wondergirl has a beautifully constructed house beat, with a soothing guitar riff and silky smooth vocals. Its such a great song that there is four remixes dedicated to it on the cd. Al Boom chimes in with his soulful house stance, Superfly puts it into a trance, Who the F=F takes us to a deeper and darker Wondergirl and Nu Mania rounds it out with an NRG pounder. What a great song indeed!
Once I finally changed the track from Wondergirl I found a multitude of delicious tracks. Lucky Lucky funked it up with a disco vocal and a very happy feel. So three days later I found out that there was even more tracks on this soon to be classic disc. Tuning into Saturdays sounds exactly what Tuesdays sound like to me. They slow it down and give up a chillin flow of vocals that make you drift away. The pace comes around full tilt on Mr. Psychorock. This electro-fied me with robot vocals (always a favorite with me) and a pounding hard bassline that will have you cutting a rug wherever you hear it.
The cd ends with the track Seven Inch Heelswhich has an almost hip-hop, funky ass, dont take no sh!t bassline that makes me want to lace up my skates and go to town. It will leave you wanting more, trust me. Drive is the introduction of Peplab to the US and it is nothing short of brilliant. If Drive is a representation of 2004, bring it on!!!