Keep Up! 011: Avé Blaste and Lopez – Yesterday’s Game/NTA


Keep Up! Records’ first release of 2012 is a new collaboration between two of its most prolific artists. With recent releases and remixes on Ninja Tune, Tirk, Wah Wah 45s and Brownswood, Avé Blaste & Lopez specialise in soulful, bass-heavy beat music. With previous support from different corners of the dance music spectrum such as Mr Scruff, Bonobo, High Contrast and Toddla T, this new joint effort is another genre-defying double A-side.

As with many of their collaborations both tracks are hard to pin down but hint at hip hop, disco, boogie and even slo-mo house. Yesterday’s games is a downbeat, soulful modern cut taking influence from Loose Ends’ 80′s masterpiece Hanging on a string or the best of Cameo’s output. On the flip N.T.A. raises the tempo with a low slung 4/4 house beat. Featuring female vocals and chord changes this 100 BPM soulful groover will appeal to fans of modern 80s boogie influenced beats.

Both tracks are already receiving support from the likes of CDR’s Tony Nwachukwu, Simbad and Dom Servini (Gilles Peterson is also rumoured to be a fan). The single is available on limited 7″ vinyl with full artwork as well as digital. As always with Keep Up! Records a vinyl purchase entitles the buyer to free high quality mp3s of both tracks.


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‘Liking this!’
(Jon More – Coldcut/Ninja Tune)

‘Played this on the show, love it’
(Sinden – Kiss FM/Get Familiar/Domino)

‘Super nice low slung boogie shit, dope.’
(Kidkanevil – First Word/Various)