Launched into international fame by his breakthrough hit, “Okay,” Shiba San is best known as one of the biggest stars on Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird imprint. And, while the his contributions to the esteemed California-based label are many, it’s important to keep in mind that the French producer has also spent the last two years building out his own imprint, Basement Leak.
Today, September 8, Shiba San’s label has minted its fifth release, The Connection EP from fellow French producer Tim Baresko. The record, which Baresko prefaced on Monday with the second edition of Basement Leak’s mix series, contains three original tracks, alongside extended versions of each.
To set the tone for the EP, Shiba San collaborates on its titular track, a minimal, acid-fueled cut which is well-primed for warehouse settings. Following “The Connection,” Baresko continues to err stylistically on the cerebral side with two solo-produced tracks.
Arranged atop an engaging tech house rhythmic framework, “Custom” sees the artist experiment with a variety of unique, often atonal synth-work. To close out the release, Baresko repurposes Crackboy’s heavily-sampled “Something For,” managing to put forth one of the most compelling uses of the track to date — no small feat, considering Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, and Louisahhh’s astute means of sampling the single across various settings in the past.
Ultimately, The Connection EP indicates Baresko’s skill for introducing novelty into a genre often plagued by stagnancy, poising him for an impending breakthrough in the industry.