UK indie Push & Run follow up an excellent recent EP from Canadian producer Benjamin Munoz with ‘Roots’ — a new four-track record from London producer, ‘Hagan’.
With previous releases on breakout club labels like Beat Werk and Strut Records, Hagan has spent the last few years honing his sound, which is inspired by a mix of Funky, Afrobeat, Baile Funk and more recently, Gqom. “The EP brings me back to the origins of why I started making music”, he explains. “It references a sound that focuses on dark, percussive and afro-influenced drum patterns that draw on minimalist grooves.”
The nifty, quick-fire drum work on opener ‘FWD’ open the EP at electric pace, while second track ‘Detect’ comes correct with booming, lo-slung bass and bubbling, Funky rhythm. Keen to zone in on the concept of returning to his ‘Roots’, Hagan’s title-track zips in and out of experimental club territory, fusing new-skool industrial pressure with killer Afro-rhythms, with final joint ‘Aburi’ landing as a thumping extension of his early Funky productions.
Backed by DJs like Murlo and Champion over the years, Hagan’s recent time in the studio has clearly benefitted his sound, with ‘Roots’ set to land as his most thoughtful and accomplished work yet.