Dutch youngster Budakid impressed with his debut release for Exploited a few months back in the form of Adieu X; a masterful slice of epic breakbeat with brooding undertones. Backed with the glorious piano chillout cut A Porcelain Heart, it made for a very impressive debut. With releases elsewhere on All Day I Dream, Last Night On Earth and Get Physical, its clear that he is in high demand. Now he returns with two new tracks for Exploited, and a hot remix courtesy of Tensnake.
No Strings Attached is typical of his sound, with a soaring, triumphant string melody at the centre of the track. This flowing motif glides above plucked synth bass phatness and gently rolling house beats, with a lightness of touch in the production that creates a widescreen atmosphere without sounding overblown.
Tensnakes remix pumps up the beats to more a skipping 90s house vibe, the strings chopped and looped over hard-funking bass and chord question-and-answer sequences. Theres a tense, moody feel as the track gradually builds towards a big break where that lead motif is unveiled in a beautifully melancholy fashion. A classic house diva vocal refrain is all thats needed to top it off as the beat slams back in.
Verso 71 is the second original track on the release, and harks back to the vibe of Adieu X. Recalling classic breakbeat, its twinkling arpeggios and snarling bass provide a stark contrast, with more sweeping synth lines and chunky kick and snare patterns combining in a powerful unison.