'Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik’
Over the past year HAAi has proved that she has an effortless ability to keep a dancefloor transfixed; whether that's during six-hour marathon sets at Phonox, causing peak-time mayhem at DGTL in Amsterdam or boasting diverse selections at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival. One that she tested out at the latter much to the crowd's delight was 'Your Disk Is Full'. It's the first track off the full length EP on her very own Coconut Beats, a solid crossover of influences both on and off the floor, including collaborations with Fay Milton of the band Savages and Taigen Kawabe of Bo Ningen. 'Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Muzik' combines heavy-hitting percussion and hypnotic tribal chants, while 'I Never Cared Too Much For Jungle' is an even more rebellious number, with anarchistic drums over Taigen's amplified spoken word. Perhaps best of all is 'Growing Up With Muscle Cars'; the tension palpable during ten minutes full of atmospheric pads and mind-blowing breaks, plus a sub that'll straight up blow a fuse in your soundsystem.
'Nights Over Taieri'
The duo first caught our attention back in 2016 with their EP on Feel My Bicep, and their latest work steps up with the same sentiments. Think modern Italo-house that respectfully nods to the ‘80s. Recently premiered by DJ Mag, the title track 'Nights Over Taieri' is filled with electro drum loops, and an epic piano breakdown that'll make you go 'Oooh!' and is primed for festival sunrises and sunsets. So much so that if it finds its way into the right record bags, it could become one of the tracks of the summer.
‘Blunted Breaks Vol.1 LP Sampler’
Not sure if we mentioned it but we’re kind of big fans of Dead Man’s Chest… Having opened up his Western Lore label to outsiders recently, a compilation — ‘Blunted Breaks’ — is on the way, and if this sampler is anything to go by it might just be the jungle release of the year. Four cuts showcase a handful of rising talent, with Outer Heaven’s claustrophobic, grime-tinged ‘Untitled Jungle’ a particular highlight, alongside DMC & Sonic’s Kool FM-sampling ‘Kool With A K’.
Antithesis to the current climate of long days and hot summer nights comes this dark and moody two tracker from Aphtc. 'When Grounds Shift' unearths icy stabs and tumultuous low-end pulsing over broken beats reminiscent of UK hardcore; meanwhile 'Gravity's Pitfalls' could well be the soundtrack to a thriller film right at the scene of attack. Both are delightfully dark in character; we'd advise listening in hours well before daybreak to experience the full effect.
I Hate Models
Khemia was named as one of our Labels To Watch In 2018, and this latest only reinforces our choice. While viral vids of IHM tearing up dancefloors pull in outside interest, it’s his mastery of balance that has heads so interested. Cold steel percussion, serrated synths and diabolical acid lines provide the weight, but there’s always a contrasting gleam from twinking pads (or in the case of ‘Walpurgis Night’, the vocals of Zanias) to elevate each track to cinematic proportions.
Midland's newest label has gained notoriety on the DJ circuit as fast as its Graded/Retrograded counterparts. The third release is a four-tracker from Amsterdam mainstay Tracey, following releases on Tom Trago's Voyage Direct. Each tune travels through dreamy soundscapes and low-fi atmospherics, not far from the sounds of Youandewan. 'Disk' is equipped with skippy drums and gliding pads, while '1999' weaves glimmering high notes over dusty electro beats. 'Outcome' pairs old school breakbeats with melancholy Juno 106-esque melodies.
Best Record Italy
Amnésie’s underground ‘80s hit ‘Turas’ is being re-released by Best Record Italy with an unreleased edit by legendary Italian DJ/producer Tony Carrasco. An Italo-disco/proto-house classic, ‘Turas’ was a big Chicago favourite in the city’s golden years, and the original vocal version remains a sure-fire floor-filler. The new dub is the head turner here though, stripping out the vocals and bringing the track’s huge piano stabs and bass licks to the fore. Synthesised Italian goodness at its greatest, this is a hot tip!