Stuffa - Levitate (Preview) by Trunkfunk published on 2013/03/24 15:58:20 +0000 It's been three years since Stuffa, the duo of Jonas Rathsman and Fredrik "DJ Nibc" Nyberg, released their last house bomb. The Levitate EP, their new collaboration and the latest release for long-running Swedish party-starters Trunkfunk Records, shows they haven't lost any of their trademark energy and funk in the ensuing years. Over the course of two side-spanning tracks, Stuffa master a famously tough balancing act: they positively own peak time while simultaneously charting a groove deep enough for the heads. That craft is fully on display on "Keep On," a hefty deep house anthem that sounds both old-school and undeniably fresh—a secret weapon in the making. Stuffa's chunky drums stay nicely in the pocket as at-first familiar melodies grow stranger and expand ever outward. When the beat drops out about halfway through, the track absolutely explodes, creating the sort of euphoric moment dance floors can't help but rally around. On the flip, "Levitate" is one for even later nights. Pushed forward by a driving beat and dreamy atmospherics, the track encourages listeners to close their eyes and get lost. So when big pads and soulful voices occasionally climb out from behind the lattice of slamming hi-hats, they're primed for maximum impact. With Levitate, Stuffa don't just have a pair of great tunes on their hands: they've given DJs two genuinely stirring moments.