SHY COOKIE - THE CAKE & CUSTARD EP REVIEW
Veteren in the UKG scene and producer for DJ Luck, Shy Cookie, is back on the circuit and has released a handful of multi-genre tracks for all UKG lovers to rejoice over. Entitled, The Cake & Custard EP and the release is through record label Audio Intuition.
The EP kicks off on an old school garage feel with Change The World, those fast kicks are accompanied by the soothing voices of Sweet Female Attitude. The chorus and hook beams nostalgic UKG motives of the early 2000s.
Twisted comes in quick and snappy as the second track of the EP unfolds, opening with loose drums and soothing vocals. The robot-like voiceover and the chorus vocals seem like an odd combo in my eyes, though the track's fast rhythm gets me grooving.
The third track of the EP, Serious, features a second appearance of garage singer Sweet Female Attitude. The track opens lightly and comes as quite a surprise, as the build up of light, echoey harmonies are followed by pounding bass and some hard synths, Shy's delve into the heavier side of things proved nicely.
SHY COOKIE PROVES HIS SOUND CAN ADAPT AND MOVE WITH THE CONSTANT PROGRESSION OF THE UGK SOUND
Back to the 90s vibe with Downlow with the lovely vocal accompaniment of Sweetie Irie, the track opens up with a calypso-style melody with Irie singing about people getting down in the dance. The track's empathises on gas and hype is more apparent in this instance, set for a rowdy rave with that wobbly sub bass.
The penultimate track of the EP is titled Let Me Show You How and Kayla Amor’s voice sings smoothly over bouncy piano keys: the intro piano melody and quick drums create those sunny UKG rooftop vibes. The sharp and snappy chords in the chorus are set to get a crowd moving.
The EP draws to a close with Playing On My Mind with a final appearance from Sweet Female Attitude. It opens with nice sounding hi hats and bouncy drums, followed by a wonky bassline and hard hitting synths. Sweet Female Attitude’s voice always bring those old school prime UKG nostalgia, the accompanied subtle wobble of the melodic bass draws to the distinctive wobbly sound of the bassline influence in garage music.
This EP is Shy Cookie proving his sound can adapt and move with the constant progression of the UKG sound, whilst other tracks see his original, old-school fire is still burning and only getting bigger.
Shy Cookie is also back with his funky-noise providers the House & Garage Orchestra, there are eight chances for you to see them in venues all over the UK.
House & Garage Orchestra:
September 27th 2018