Trumpet & Badman Love Keeps Changing EP

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In 2013, jacking, vintage-tinged house has been anything but in short supply. Still, with their first collaborative EP as Trumpet & Badman, UK mavericks DJ Haus and DJ Q are enthusiastically adding to the growing number of Jersey-swung, organ-fueled house numbers, and for good reason—they know how to do them right.

Love Keeps Changing's four efforts are hardly forward-thinking—in fact, the productions offered here are downright formulaic—but as DJ Haus and DJ Q together prove, this is not always such a bad thing. Each of the EP's tracks are essentially made from the same basic elements: a jacking beat heavy on kicks and hi-hats, a series of chords played through house's ubiquitous organ patches, a bouncing bassline, a handful of vocal chops, and (somewhat ironically) the occasional MIDI saxophone melody. The title cut proves to be the record's standout, with its slinking chords and skipping drums enhanced by bits of understated percussion, rising string drones, and the infectious, chorus-like vocal sample from which the song takes its title.

The EPs remaining cuts are a bit more tool-like than "Love Keeps Changing," focusing less on creating movement between sections and instead slinking into steady grooves with few other adornments or distractions. While "Bang Dis"—the EP's second cut—certainly isn't a disappointing effort, the following "Go" and "I Got the Love" outshine it; the former revolves around a syncopated, UK funky-esque organ pattern (something both DJ Q and DJ Haus have separately proven adept at utilizing before), while the latter dives into the deeper end of Jersey house, even rolling out bits of cheeky turntable scratching to make sure things never get too serious.

It's doubtful that the Love Keeps Changing EP will prove to be a timeless record, but it's also doubtful that was Trumpet & Badman's aim or concern. In the end, the pair's debut is a solid record through and through, and one that supplies four useful dancefloor options for any DJ interested in the more playful ends of house. Keeping this one a vinyl-only release will likely prove to be a smart move as well, ensuring that the slew of johnny-come-lately digital jocks don't over-rinse these tunes before those who actually know what to do with cuts like these have a chance to give them a spin.