#GU2026 – SMALL PYRAMIDS – SLOW IT DOWN
Small Pyramids is LAs Zach Hunsaker. Heavily influenced by nu-disco, early house music and edit culture, Zach began cutting up old disco, funk and r&b tracks for his DJ gigs in Los Angeles as Small Pyramids. Making the move from producing edits to sampling for original tracks was a natural progression and crucial step to developing a unique style. As a result of remixing acts like NightWaves and Arohan, Small Pyramids gained blog exposure on sites like Disco Workout, Tracasseur, In the Deep End and Disco Delicious. The first Small Pyramids EP, Another Way to Feel was released late in 2010 to great critical acclaim and shortly thereafter Zach signed to Glasgow Underground. His first single, the foot-stomping disco of I Want Blood came out on a limited 12 in November 2011 and made it straight into DJ Magazines Tunes of the Year. Zach followed that up with a contribution to GUs Spring/Summer Collection 2012. The Music is a slice of prime time hands-in-the-air goodness complete with elated vocals and butt-wiggling bass. Diverse DJs began picking up on Zachs sound with RubnTug, Laurent Garnier, Grum, PBR Streetgang and Harri from the Sub Club all play-listing his tracks. As well as his original material Zach remixed Mary Epworth, Sam Sparro and local hero Goldroom and found blogs like Golden Scissors and La.Ga.Sta full of love for his sun-kissed sounds. 2013 saw Zach featuring on GUs Summer of Love compilation. Dont Do It To Me is his citys take on the garage revival. Out went the M1 organ sound of Ejeca et al and in came touches of Todd Edwards and MJ Cole all wrapped up in a blissed-out Small Pyramids groove. Meggy loved it, Gilles Peterson described it as killer and Agoria said it was simply a bomb. The album Slow It Down takes in these three and adds 7 more slow burning, unforgettable jams. Theres the title track with its looping, lazy vocals and glittering synths, the joyous heavy thump of Look No Further, the raw cut-up funk of Lil Bit and the hypnotic piano love song Im Gonna Beg You. And thats before Zach takes you to the heart of his dance-floor with the three singles. Add to that the mid-tempo RnB pilfering of Make It Smoother and two near-perfect chill-out tracks Stranded & Warmer and you have the kind of album that sounds as good in the sunrise cafés of Ibiza as it does in the basement clubs of Londons East End and the pool-side parties of Zachs own LA.