Southampton-based trio Co:Lateral set their precedent high with their debut release 'Toe Tagger', a techy roller, complete with the mandatory glitches and squelches in all the right places. The warm bouncing bassline is the gem-studded undercurrent of this little number, making head bobbing unavoidable. Add in a catchy MC hook and you’re got the recipe for a happy floor. Looking forward to hearing what the future brings for the boys.
Bristol collective, Futureboogie, step into the new year with this glowing, electro-disco EP from Lonely Boy. With a name that’s cropped up before on labels such as Miguel Migs’ Salted Music and the Inland Knights’ Drop Music, Joshua Heath’s Lonely Boy has found a suitable place in and amongst that mid-paced disco sound that Futureboogie has been pushing of late. To top things off, The Emperor Machine enters with a gnarly yet appropriate remix.
Their Punks debut last year was one of the finest breakbeat/bass records of the year, and now South American duo Bombo Rosa are back with another supremely classy double-tracker on the Stanton Warriors' peerless UK imprint. 'She Can't Love You' does the trendy R&B vocal-sampling thing, adding blippy fx and atmospheric synth work for a nicely vibed-groove. But the real find here is 'BRZL', all Future Sound of London-style rainforest chants, heady washed out chords, vocal licks and warm, brooding sub. It's a timeless record from a production crew that deserve to be much better known on both sides of the Atlantic.
The second EP from this producer on Fine Grains, the first inspired by Slavic nightmares, whereas this one transports itself in the opposite direction to the southern Asiatic lands of India. And boy, do you know it. The six tracks are a superb cacophony of exotic riddims spiced with expert bass manoeuvres, with a respectful reference to Indian culture and ambience. Slackk and Morgan Zarate chip in decent remixes to boot.