Alex Kidd is back at the top of his game riding the Qult wave of new sounds coming out of Holland, standing out as one of the new leaders of this revolution. Keeping this in line with the sub-heavy Subground sound, it has what's best described as a frantic, Arabian-inspired melody, driving the track forward over the big kick and bass and stripped-back techy percussion.
For our money Psycho Pab is still one of the most underrated producers out there, despite his work as one half of the Psychonauts and critical member of the UNKLE production team. This project sees him tag team with studio partner James Griffiths and as ever, witnesses him plundering a lifetime of musical influences and discoveries into this mini LP. Gavin Clark is the guest vocalist on ‘Distant Focus’, another string-laden and timeless track from this great producer.
In the twisted Middle Eastern intro, you wince as you feel the wind sweeping the sand into your eyes, before frantically trying to brush the thousands of scuttling mini beasts from your body. This is dancefloor material of the highest quality, with years of experience pouring through the speakers. Finely chopped breakbeats bring the classic vibe to the pneumatic bassline and modern synths. Living up to his reputation in every respect.
This fourth release from Les Points — aka the Italo-Swiss axis of Nicola Kazimir, Audino, Louh and Barbir — is another quietly superb EP. It's easy to be taken in by the understated, warming-yet-unsettling wonderfulness of 'Rhodes of Kunlun', which bleeps and blips beneath soothing Rhodes keys, or the shuffling depth of Rozzo's remix of 'The Holy Mountain'. But then there's the wonky intrigue of 'Cosmointeruptus', which you should overlook at your peril, not to mention the mind-bending 'Transform'. Jeez, these guys have got it going on.