Secret Weapons 25 – Congellous

Brighton-based producer Congellous returns to the Waveform‘s pages with his top ten Secret Weapons. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight enters the blast zone with a review of Congellous’ latest EP, Insomnia.

You will remember that Stanley Jones, AKA Congellous, has been present on the Waveform Transmitter‘s hallowed pages previously, as he delivered a rather tasty mix for our Waveform Mix series (which you can take a listen to, here). The producer, originally from Anglesey in Wales, has just dropped his first EP of 2019, which was released on SOBA Records on March 25th.

Fans of the breaks sound will know Stanley well. He was a prolific breaks producer back in the late 90s, releasing under several monikers, including Orange Kush, Jaguar, and 60Hz, having seen success as an events promoter, heading his North Wales Evolution parties and bringing the likes of Grooverider to man the decks.

Stanley’s most recent alias, Congellous, sees him make somewhat of a return to the breaks sound, as his Insomnia EP demonstrates. The double header is packed with breakbeat-y goodness – a trope we love here at the Waveform – so this is a welcome release that has been enjoying some heavy rotation on the speakers.

The title track is the most uptempo of the two. Popping off with a throbbing synth, before that skittering percussion joins the fray, punctuated by stabs that induce full on head-rushes. There is definitely a hint of nostalgia in this track that runs throughout the record, across both productions.

The flip features Lifting Me. Again heavy on the breaksy sound (albeit at a lower BPM), the track draws on influences from breakbeat-era rave (check out that vocal intermingling with the acid textures – sublime) and wouldn’t have been out of place on Warp‘s Artificial Intelligence comp.

Anyway, while it is always a pleasure to tell you what we think of music, it is more so when our artists tell us what they think and share their all-time classics with us. So, without further ado, lets see what warheads Congellous is packing in his cache.

LeftfieldNot ForgottenHard Hands

I always loved this track when Sasha used to drop it, it was a master class at the time.

CongellousInsomniaSOBA Records

I wanted to do a track that fits in a number of sets but has some unusual retro moments that take the crowd by surprise.

Motip WhiteBooseInnervisions

That’s modern retro techno funk right there!

Michael Mayer, KölschDogma1IPSO

Beautiful synth work and vibe here.

Maceo PlexMutant Romance (Original Mix) MPLX

Maceo Plex is the current cutting edge of dance music.

His Master’s VoiceOmaKann Records

This has got the vibe – perfect for a sunrise on a terrace somewhere with smiley people.

Tale Of UsAnywhere

Dark and long…

ANNAInto The Void (Original Mix)Clash Lion

This is a dance floor killer, works every time!

FlashmobLower LevelHot Creations

This track really has a great balance of depth, but with out taking itself too seriously.

Kölsch x SashaThe LightsIPSO

I can I hear some Sasha of old in here.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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