Deep Medi Music
Honestly, Commodo’s a topper top producer. His recent work’s only gone from strength-to-strength, and he’s proven that time and again, he is the crown prince and master of the staccato snare roll. His latest 12” for Mala’s Deep Medi is simply an underlining of all of the above. Both cuts ‘Daytona’ and ‘Rikers’ are playful, bubbly half-time romps that still pummel in the low-end — which is a very tricky thing to try and balance. Enjoyable, melodically beautiful, calculated killers.
Tucked neatly onto the flip of Piezo’s latest hand-stamped transmission is a slow, chugging weirdo bass influenced techno cut from Facta called ‘Not Now’. Sitting alongside tracks from Piezo himself, Kreggo and StabUdown Productions, Facta cuts an even weirder, flexing elastic shape, but then that's the point — ALL of the cuts on here do their own thing. Kreggo’s is a jittery jaunt through hyper pads, Piezo’s is a frenetic electro jungle mindfuck and StabUdown’s is, well... a bit of a hard slamming aural assault.
I’ve always been a fan of people using aquatic sounds in their dubstep — there’s something about the liquid timbre of a drip or a droplet sound that works perfectly set among rolling hi-hats and whomping sub bass. Karma’s ‘Bluefoot’ deploys them perfectly as percussive accents, but it’s ‘Choose Life’ on the flip that's the highlight here, where Karma’s simple three-note riffs and building string sections assemble a palpable drama that detunes itself before the drums drop.
Scratcha DVA x Gage
As far as how these cuts Scratcha and Gage made in collaboration sound, they’re pretty much the perfect fusion of Scratcha’s refusal to conform and Gage’s penchant for big, architectural, totemic percussion. ‘FLYTNURSE’ is the more catchy of the two, thanks to the subtle, nagging, four-note synth refrain, but what’s so refreshing about the collaboration is the envelope pushing. Sometimes, as humans, we do things and push things just to see what happens. These lads should do it again sometime.
The Manchester-based producer Szare inaugurates the Polity label with three tracks of his Megatron hybrid of techno, grime and sharp sound design. Much like his city mates Akkord, Szare is exceptionally precise with his frequency work, and his drum patterns mean that he ekes a lot of impact out of minimal layers. ‘Cut With Glass’ is the tip on this 12”: a steppy, technoid cut with tumbling MIDI horns and the kind of foreboding sense of dread that epitomises this pre Brexit Britain.
The LA-based artist Joe Cocherell has already made several waves in bleaker, more techno territories, but his debut release as Bone Head points him to a more fractured, spacious, Boxed sort of direction. EP closer ‘Peace Keeper’ is an absolute slayer in the caterwauling vein of some of Slackk’s more melodic productions, and the other cuts manage to channel such outsider influences as Autonomic and Livity Sound. The 12" is varied and accomplished, and a great statement of intent.
Sun Runners 女神の恋人達
'What Goes Around Comes Around'
‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ is the perfect example of sun-dappled, driving music. Sun Runners’ BIG, chunky '80s drums thunder away behind Chic guitar licks, before locking into an absolutely perfect groove. It’s one of the cuts lifted from the outfit’s debut album 'Lust For Life', which is coming out on Funkineven’s Apron imprint, and it’s pretty indicative of the kind of steez you can expect from the record. Fans of Beautiful Swimmers take note, this is the good shit.
'You Have Been Listening to J.Tijn'
Library Tool Kit
Reportedly leaving his J. Tijn moniker in the sepia-tinged Instagram filter that is the past, Jesse Kuye contributes to West Norwood Cassette Library’s 'Library Tool Kit' series with a selection of 12 two-minute DJ tools (six of which are pretty much beatless). It’s definitely in the more wayward cuts, such as ‘All Whey’ or ‘iPhone’, that Kuye truly exploits the restricted nature of this format, either speeding up his synth arpeggios or stretching idea snatches out to hit the time limit.