The ever-consistent beat cornucopia that is Dublin-based All City, occasional home to Daedelus, Machinedrum, Onra and XXXY, drop their first release for 2014 with a new non de plume for Canada’s The Cyclist. Think Mylo but on a very very good day, and you’ll get the feeling: the warm fuzzy glow of '80s house, disco and electro all wrapped up in a sleazy soul-glo box. Infectious.
Nice, tight 150 seconds of phatness from 9th Wonder on the mix, RBP customarily flowing freaky, 9th pulling all the right simple tricks at all the right moments. Not groundshaking but strangely addictive.
The R-A-G techno super-group - Aroy Dee, G Strings and Ma Spaventi - deliver a low-slung killer for Lux. Less pre-occupied with the musical finesse of their releases for Dee’s label, ‘Life’ opens with the build-up drums and acid climaxes of ‘Disorder’. Spaventi lends his unique touch to ‘Repression’, bringing the menacing bass to the fore, while ‘OD’ stands out thanks to the tape hiss and its murderous bassline, which gradually recoils like a panther stalking its prey.
Interesting noises on a Kraftwerkian groove with the result sounding a little like a dancified Spiritualised. Comes with a Dub that some more inventive DJs could put to good use.