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Compilations - Issue 594

PDA COMPILATION VOLUME 1: AND THE BEAT GOES ON

Various

PDA COMPILATION VOLUME 1: AND THE BEAT GOES ON

PDA
9.0
PDA (aka Public Displays of Affection) is the cult “if you know you know” East London club night helmed by Mischa Mafia, CrackStevens and Carrie Stacks. This stacked, 30-track compilation is a celebration of six years in the game, and it’s for a very good cause: the release will raise money for the newly-founded Association for Queer Ethnic Minorities (AQEM), a new non-profit founded by Carrie Stacks that aims to “unlock potential and drive social cohesion among queer ethnic minorities in the UK and beyond”. Between interludes of recordings of interactions from PDA's legendary doorgirl, there’s gems from Cou Cou Chloe, Sweyn Jupiter, Manara, SHYGIRL, Ms Boogie and many more. Total Freedom’s contribution (‘HIGH SONG TF SCRAPE’) is a (predictable) highlight, blending dusty hip-hop with an emotive line, while there’s a break-laden rework from BTG of Meek Mill’s ‘On Me’ that leaves Cardi B’s line ‘I’m a boss ass bitch” ringing in your ears. Arca’s ‘Ladies Llorando’ is another peak of the compilation, glitching Ciara’s ‘I’m Out' to shreds. A very good compilation for a very good cause by an “allegedly legendary” clubnight? Sign us TF up.
Felicity Martin
Cairo Concepts: Mahraganat Music X Club Scenarios

Various

Cairo Concepts: Mahraganat Music X Club Scenarios

Phil Battiekh

Arabic bangers
7.0
Bass and beat-heavy, slathered in autotune, Mahraganat is Egypt’s primary underground dance form and this collaborative compilation sees club-producers and DJs showcasing the genre’s heaviest bangers and the club tracks it has inspired. It’s the ‘local colour’ that makes this music, the droning pipes and Arabic vocals that mix so compellingly with the trappy/trippy beats – what you also hear is analogous to that Taxi afro-comp, the way that bass music from all over the globe is finding itself part of an ongoing hardcore continuum, a discourse that’s unending and takes in everything from Baltimore bass to Durban gqom. This couldn’t be ‘from anywhere’ – the vocals and instrumental licks locate it firmly in a pan-Arab world, but it’s music that will light up a dancefloor anywhere because its building blocks are global, linked, finding fresh mutation everywhere they’re set down. A thrill.
Neil Kulkarni
fabric presents Kölsch

Various

fabric presents Kölsch

fabric

Album posing as a comp
8.0
This year fabric relaunched its longrunning mix series under the ‘fabric presents’ banner, and its latest entry is a statement of intent in terms of aspiring to something more elaborate than just DJ mixes. ‘fabric presents Kölsch’ features ten entirely self-produced tracks from the Danish veteran, essentially a new artist album, though more focused on the dancefloor. Reflective of the fact it was all produced in-between shows on tour, each of the ten tracks is named after the flight on which it was created, which shows more than anything how new music seems to just roll right off the tongue for Kölsch. Musically, it’s the extravagant melodic techno that he does so well, with a certain stylistic throwback to early, dreamy rave sounds representing the thematic line that runs through it all.
Angus Paterson