The 1967, stone-cold rocksteady classic from Keith & Tex (written by Derrick Harriot), given the 2015 treatment by Dreadzone’s Earl Sixteen. It’s all there: the smooth, rolling and ultimately sexy rubadub riddim in a digi stylee, with Earl doing a sterling effort matching the sultry and soulful vocals of the original.
Rarely does one see both genuine quality and quantity. But here it is. This most generous five-tracker from Dutchman Wouter de Moor for Josh Wink's Ovum plumbs deep into the void between house and techno. 'Fluf' and 'Fluffy' are both expansive, atmospheric things, but it's the sparse, skittering 'Data Dump' which first demands attention. 'Brain Fog', though lacking a discernible kick-drum, is blissfully sophisticated. Grown-up house music. 'Muy Loco', meanwhile, rocks in a most understated fashion.
Slow industrial/EBM themes on this new EP from Her Majesty’s Ship. Highlights are the vocal and dub mixes from Phantasy’s Nadia Kasaba.
German pair Sebastian and Volker — aka Raumakustik — pitch up for Jamie Jones' Hot Creations diffusion label Hot Trax. 'Raider' is a low-slung, vibe-heavy stunner, so languid and lazy, it's like it doesn't really give a shit. But it obviously does really. There are rave cowbells, pulsing synths going all out of kilter and then slotting satisfyingly back in. On the flip, label bossman Jamie Jones earns it, with distant congas, and a bassline low enough to cause significant structural damage, so perhaps instruct a surveyor before purchase.