Cooly G, Up In My Head/Phat Si


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So often in dance music, a producer either falls into the melodic genius or rhythmic genius category. I’m not saying she’s Sasu Ripatti or anything, but Merrisa Campbell — the woman known to the world as Cooly G –does melody and rhythm so well, she deserves recognition for both. She hasn’t released all that much music, but the tracks she’s let loose via bass powerhouse Hyperdub subtly pack more melodic eccentricity, rhythmic electricity, and general musical sophistication into four minutes than many of her peers do into six or seven (or eight, if you’re Roska). There has, undoubtedly, been some hype. (Boomkat naming “Weekend Fly” the track of 2009 mere weeks after its release, anyone?) But if you can move beyond the hyperbole, you’re very likely to find Cooly G a treasure, wherever your dance music values and allegiances lie.

Her latest for Hyperdub, “Up In My Head/Phat Si,” is also her greatest. Like last year’s “Narst/Love Dub” 12″, Campbell offers two moods across two sides. “Up In My Head” begins on a gorgeously melodic note, and its sweetly synthetic strings remain the track’s focal point throughout. But it also boasts a stabbing, borderline hyperactive low-end that keeps the track club-friendly. On the flip, “Phat Si” appears suspiciously tool-like, but Campbell — with her paws apparently rubber-cemented to the controls — keeps her beat active, asymmetrical, and in constant flux. The result is both effortlessly floor-destroying and surprisingly musical. Which is, of course, the crux of why I love Cooly G: with the flick of her wrist, it seems, she goes well beyond the call of duty, doing as much work on one 12″ a year as many producers might hope to do in five. “Up In My Head/Phat Si” is one of the standout 12″s of the summer, and whether you need to believe the hype or get the hell over it, just make sure you snag yourself a copy.

bootsy colin  on August 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I’ve got to know what one of the tracks near the end of her July mix was. It’s got a squigglin bassline and a woman singing about her baby etc… Anyone know??

bootsy colin  on August 27, 2010 at 12:09 PM

this one..

bootsy colin  on August 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

arrgghhh wrong link what a LOSER here’s the right one if anyone cares!

bootsy colin  on August 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

OK it’s kentphonik, hiya kaya, rocco deep mix.

Per Bojsen-Moller  on August 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Fantastic vibes on this one!

chaircrusher  on August 31, 2010 at 3:53 PM

“She hasn’t released all that much music…”

I have 34 Cooly G tracks on my iPod. As it happens she’s self-released 7 ‘Dub Organizer’ EPs which came and went as CDRs on a couple of UK Web retailer sites. You can get them all from her by paypal — as she says:

“Cooly G dub ORGAnizeR VOL 7 OUT THIS FRI 23RD JULY ONLY VIA PAYPAL >> £6.99 u can order vol 1-7 at anytime > (paypal: PRE ORDER YOURS NOW!”

I think the Dub Organizer Vol. 7 is a good compliment to the new Hyperdub joint. I wrote about it (and did a Cooly-sanctioned minimix of it) here:

chaircrusher  on August 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Oh and if you want to ponder some potential dopeness: Anthony “Shake” Shakir met up with Cooly in London, and they’ve been talking about a collaboration…

Jordan Rothlein  on September 1, 2010 at 10:20 AM

@chaircrusher: Thanks for the tips. When I saw Shake at Unsound New York in February, he busted out two copies of “Narst / Love Dub” and basically made a beat-juggled edit of “Narst” on the fly. Their styles are extremely compatible. I hope they get something together.

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