Detroit Swindle's rise to power has been impressively meteoric, and their flourishing Heist imprint is fast becoming a go-to label. Having got in on the ground floor, this three-tracker for Jimpster and Tom Roberts' Freerange is arguably the best material yet from Maarten Smeets and Lars Dales. 'Figure of Speech' has shuffling syncopation up the yin-yang, coupled with snipped Afro vocals. 'Victoria's Secret', meanwhile, throws in wayward, brassy synths like a boss. But it's 'Live at the Cosmic Carnival' that's going to do the damage. It rolls. And rolls. And rolls.
In an awesome twist of genres, UK trance superstar Gareth Emery has drafted in Belgium hardstyler Coone for a remix of his euphoric anthem. Coone’s approach to the remix is not to reinvent the sound of hardstyle on this project, but create the trademark hardstyle sound that DJs from other genres may be looking for to end their sets with — something hard and euphoric — yet staying fresh and relevant enough to still be a peak-time monster within the hardstyle scene. The perfect approach to this crossover project, with great results.
As soon as a billion white critics start bawling about something being the greatest hip-hop album of the year I'm instantly sus. What they mean is that it's the best hip-hop album THEY GOT SENT this year and that for the rest of the year they're going to sit on their fat asses slapping themselves on their backs for their 'eclectisism' while never investigating hip-hop in any deeper sense. I actually find 'To Pimp A Butterfly' kind of exhausting, over-egged, frequently just plain dull. 'King Kunta' is emblematic of this — a groove whose datedness and easy placement makes it familiar but eventually kind of boring. What always lifts Lamar's music above the mediocre is his rhyming and his voice, always compelling and in small doses, pleasingly somewhere between gruffness and grace. Hope this does dent the UK charts, cos love the idea of hearing Radio 1 DJs attempting to wrap their tongues around the title. An inevitable hit.
Yeah I know, you'd have to pay me to listen to a whole Wale album again but the snippets I keep hearing from the 'Album About Nothing' he's going to drop soon are intriguingly wacko in the extreme. Even that excitement-vacuum J.Cole can't kill the oddity here. Potentially more fun than anything Kanye's going to do in 15.