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Bastille are a duo from Los Angeles, we know this because they emailed us to ask would we post their super-cool filtered French house EP ‘Bumpin’ – as with any submissions that have the word “French” in them – we thought we’d give it a moment of our time.

14 minutes later and we were still listening. The  3-track EP pays tribute to the best of French house – it’s nothing new and doesn’t particularly tread new ground – it’s just really well-made good ol’ fashioned French House, but what stood out for us was the quality of production – it’s tight. Really tight.

First of you have the banger of the bunch. The title track ‘Bumpin’ lives or dies on its build-up and the break down – thankfully they’re both ace, particularly sweet is the bassline patter during the build-up which is sublime and when it drops it’s all types of French win.

Bumpin by Bastille

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Next is ‘Wide Open’ which is a more funk-driven homage to French house. But the beats still snap and the sampled-vocal is cleverly sprinkled around – and it’s all brought together with a lovely playful guitar riff.

Wide Open by Bastille

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And to finish are the muddy basslines and snappy disco beats of ‘Pump of the volume’ which samples the song of the same name – it’s fun, catchy and expertly put together.

Pump Up The Volume by Bastille

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Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.