Glasgow's Taz Buckfaster - or just 'Taz' - was one of Rwina's earliest discoveries. His two EPs on Rwina have leaned towards the dubstep side of things, imbuing them with the playful hip-hop inspired mischief that remains the Rwina trademark, playing with dub skank on 'Kingston Bridge' and sending off firecrackers of concentrated synth melody in nearly uncontrollable bursts on '20 Red'. He now makes a welcome return to the label at the end of 2011 with the Neurotica EP with four brand new tracks of uncompromising Glaswegian heat.
With a reputation as a bit of a musical chameleon, having made his name across various labels and styles, this new release for Rwina sees Taz being quite neurotic in his hard-to-pin-down production approach - as the EP name might already given away! And while this could sound like a negative thing for most producers, in the hands and imagination of the young Scottish talent it's a recipe for forward thinking dancefloor success.
The self titled opener for the Neurotica EP sets the bar high with a production that twists, turns and shifts without ever sounding forced or unpleasant. Going straight for the jugular, Taz unleashes a combo of colourful, catchy and bouncy synth melodies and chest-pummeling bass laced wiry grime-funk with just the right amount of editing trickery to keep the listeners and dancers engaged and sweating. 'Hedge Your Bets' starts with some serious headnod swing before transforming itself into a seriously hypercolour beat manifesto with a driving rhythm and melodies that could be the perfect soundtrack for a remake of the classic Outrun. An out and out retro futuristic jam where Taz proves to be the earthly vessel for perfect execution of all sorts of styles.
The energy doesn't let loose as you flip to the B side. 'Stamma' keeps things popping with hectic nightmarish vocal loops and a rhythmic foundation that manages to alternate seamlessly between straight dancefloor energy and looser, crunk inspired swing held together by more pummeling bass. 'Ebb Flow' closes the proceedings, unpredictable as he is, with a mellower vibe that soon enough morphs and drops into a hands-in-the-air club vibe that fuses 2step-inspired, swinging drum patterns and a swirling bassline resulting in yet more dancefloor fire.
Taz's Neurotica EP further proves Glasgow's supremacy in providing future minded dancefloor jams, regardless of genre or style. This is the sound of a young producer coming into his own and playing with templates and ideas in a way that makes it impossible not to get down and join in.