Having established himself over the last five years as one of the hottest producers of dance music for some time, Batu, whose real name is Omar McCutcheon, has earned himself a steady following since releasing his breakthrough track ‘Spooked’ in 2013.
Now, 5 years on, he’s released a 4 track EP titled Rebuilt which showcases his talents and ebbs and flows to varying degrees and tempos, kicking off with the DJ-club friendly ‘Rebuilt‘, easily the best of the four tracks featured. The follow on, ‘Pillars‘, meanwhile is atmospheric – ideal to play in crowded clubs or at house parties and has a rather smooth, almost slinky feel to it.
‘Flash React‘ is an expressive experiment in groove construction and is a good enough little number to put on repeat a few times – if you’re in the party, up-tempo mood, and closer ‘Tough Cookie‘ comes across slightly edgier, meaning it is perhaps the one track on the EP that might just appeal to those outside of dance halls and clubs, but it’s a small might.
Dance music has often divided fans and critics alike as to whether they like its sound or not, and as much as Batu has so far earned himself a somewhat solid fan-base via the club and DJ scenes, this EP won’t do much for those who are more into music of a different style or genre.
Rebuilt is out now on XL Recordings.