Two standout figureheads, in the genre of the disco-edit, collude and show us exactly how it’s done. Yorkshire crate-digging crew, Joe’s Bakery invite Moton’s Diesel and Dave Jarvis to their label for an EP of edits that finds ground between club play and hi-fi spin; chopping up '80s synth jams, sparkling disco oddities and heady, Balearic tones. If you’re a little confused as to where to head next in this often over-subscribed field, then I suggest towards this exemplary release.
Here's a tasty dub-fuelled four-tracker from the Bournemouth-based collective ahead of their forthcoming second album. 'Stay Calm' and 'Glow' are festival-friendly noisenik breaks, while title track 'Welcome to Earth' plumps for a 303-fuelled trip into moody dystopian territory. But the pick of the bunch is 'Protector', a powerhouse of rolling breakbeats, reggae keys and deep sub topped off with a firing vocal from the mighty MC Tenja.
Different label boss Dexta is taking an outing to None60 to release some seriously sinister business. The drums slowly march off with the crazed, murderous calm of Michael Myers. The simple melody adds another layer of horror film chic, and layered with the muffled, heavily manipulated voice mumbling incoherently in the background, this is some seriously scary shit. Dark and dirty bass cuts in for occasional short, sharp stabs before really going in hard at the drop.
This song is so stunningly striking it had a physical affect on me, bringing butterflies to my stomach and warming my chest, and prompting me to speak out loud to a room full of no one. Amen breaks, crashing drums, soft chords and a soulful snippet of vocal, before the drop takes us to unexpectedly paced drums which are slightly offset against the piano, creating a beautifully jagged affect. The bass almost unnoticeably slides between gloriously warm to dark and cold. Perfect track.