'Get The Funk!'
This is an exciting track fit for the final fight scene of a war-torn epic. There’s so much going on here, it’s hard to keep track. Thunderous horns add a scene of regality to the violent vibe.
Akov ft Patch Edison
'Shapeshifter' encapsulates the spirit of Eatbrain with its raw, almost untamed energy. Its drums remain light-hearted and bouncy yet at its core is a sinister, warping beast ready to devour the rave. The repeated, mutated 16 creates a hook and amplifies the pent-up vibe before dropping into a half-time breakdown.
At only four releases deep it’s fair to say Souped Up is still in its infancy, but, boy, is that baby-strong! Label-head Serum hits us with some dark, understated jump-up backed with moody tech-laced atmospherics, fast-shuffling drums and a gully sing-a-long bassline.
A club excursion from the multimedia artist Devon Hansen, Quartermass is a four-track clattering slope through dubbed-out techno that marries his accomplished sense of space and reverb with precise, hardball drum programming.
'Lower East Suite Part Two'
The loose collective that features Felix Pastorius (the son of the pioneering jazz bass player Jaco) land on Big Dada with a bounding extended EP’s worth of material complete with ambient tracks, brass solos and a deeply explorative, experimental attitude.
Through My Speakers
Four more slices of ultra-direct club music from the French artist, She’s Drunk is never a bad thing and his 'Visions EP' for the Through My Speakers label is just as hard and as frantic as his previous material.
Cleric X Setaoc Mass
Tucked away on an EP of atmospheric techno is the gorgeous '188': a chattering electro piece with a distinct early '90s Artificial Intelligence character. Cleric X Setaoc Mass fold the influence of Autechre, U-Ziq and Beaumont Hannant into a spacious, emotive cut of sinuous melodies. Don't miss this.
'Guarana (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)'
Marberg’s 2007 original was one of the best, most uncompromising examples of hard-edged progressive trance you’re ever likely to hear, and this rework from Stoneface & Terminal does it justice with a brutal injection of loopy techno.
'What I Do'
Will Sparks shows his tougher side with a more driven big-room offering for Spinnin’ that balances mass appeal with a rougher approach to the grooves (by EDM standards, at least).
The Argentinian veterans deliver one of those rare rip-roaring tech-infused trance stormers that doesn’t feel the need to wimp out with a oversaturation of melody at the breakdown. Hang around for a sonic punch in the face after the drop.
'Descent Into Darkness'
Another lethal emission from the Bass Agenda electro machine in the same month: Detroit's Filthiest is long time ghettotech boss Julian Shamou, and his 'Descent into Darkness' EP is loaded with titanium tough beats. The way the wild frequencies of 'Erratic Behaviour' drop down into trap beats is especially fresh, while the deranged funk of 'Ultra Violent' proffers ravey riffs over classic electro hats 'n' snares.
Washed out, dystopian ghetto vibes here from Zero, who takes an upbeat philosophical diatribe about positive thinking and uses it to underpin a brooding, noisenik breakbeat/four-four effort that never lets up from the get-go. The bass motifs here are horror movie calibre and the beats are clipped and intelligently programmed.
'Forever feat. Quavo & Sebastian Kole (Majestic & Jay Robinson Remix)'
Kiss FM don Majestic combines with Night Bass' UK hero Jay Robinson for a reworking that's stuck down in the grimey gutter, even as it's staring up at the heavens. The duo rip up Sigma's collab with man-of-the-moment Quavo, transforming it into a throbbing four-four weapon of mass destruction, offset with gorgeous pads and spooky arpeggios.
DJ Fixx x Round 2
Trappy breakbeat vibes from the mighty DJ Fixx, who goes in hard with the funky rap licks, thunderous kicks, bleepy synthwork and '70s funk breaks. The drop is heavy enough to remove most of your teeth, and this Florida-based cat clearly reckons anaethesia's for wimps.
'The Symbiotic EP'
Mucky, bottom-heavy gear from Alex Arnout, making his debut on Vitalik. 'Sleepwalker' is the one, a smooth tech-workout with dreamy chords. But it's all good here.
'Back From Home'
Hannes Ledoux and Pieter Santens, aka Sue Avenue, recruit Marta Del Grandi for vocals on this thing of gentle beauty. Brett Johnson and Wanvel re-rub, but the original reigns supreme.
Jamie Trench is back on Hector Couto's Roush with some murky business indeed. Title track 'The Foundation' is immense, as is the bumpy Phil Weeks mix of 'Turn You Around'.
'Shea Stadium '
Soul Assassins Records/Kobalt Music
Meyhem's hook-up with DJ Muggs on the new 'Gems From The Equinox' set gave us one of the late-breaking albums of last year of which 'Shea Stadium', featuring a fantastic Action Bronson cameo, is a brutal, bruising highlight. Heavy as fuck lyrically and musically and PLEASE don't ignore the album, it's a goddamn stormer.
WestSide Gunn & MF Doom
Cop the purple vinyl of this — it's GORGEOUS. Two tracks, 'Gorilla Monsoon' which comes on like that dream Griselda/Blah! hook-up we're all waiting for, and 'Stings', which is like a lost Tod Dockstader off-cut set to beats by Alchemist. Biblical shit.
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Red Snow Records
Seems like an age since 'Polaroid' dropped but Melanin 9's latest opus picks up on that single's blazing intent and takes it through all kinds of fascinating lyrical avenues and alleyways, and is musically smooth and harsh in delightful balance — Mach Hommy, Milano and Bisk delivering amazing cameos. Essential as ever from M9.
The Lyman Woodard Organization
'Saturday Night Special '
A cheeky sampler from another crucial re-release from the good folk at BBE. This time it’s the critical Strata East LP ‘Saturday Night Special’ that gets the love. Big soulful strings, big tunes. Get it while you can.
Quantic & Nidia Gongora
'E Ye Ye '
The music machine that is Will Holland releases his fourth single with Colombian vocal collaborator Gongora. Swirling tropical percussive rhythms to cure the January blues.
'Previously Unreleased Part 2'
Another incredible instalment of previously unreleased music from what seems to be an inexhaustible archive! Trevor Jackson unearths more DATs loaded with essential dub, post-punk, electro and mutant disco tools.
Elkin & Nelson
Official reissue of this Balearic gem revived by the likes of DJ Harvey. Not so many deserve the oft-described term 'Balearic classic', but this psychedelic folk tune of 1974 truly deserves that accolade. Facsimile reproduction of the 1986 promo maxi!
Next round of edits from G. Markus who’s laid down a few house-ified versions of disco classics in the past (check the filtered, jacked-up fix of Jackson Jones’ disco-not-disco classic ‘I Feel Good, Put Your Pants On'), and now returns with the more modest work of ‘Power’ and ‘Ichiban’.
Dazed & Confused
Malta's Dean Demanuele shows off his thrilling, yet balanced sound on his two-track EP, 'Grey Game', on his own Dazed & Confused label. Both tracks form brooding journeys of rough-edged, technoid house. Will hold crowds to breaking point for days.
Booming low-end, battered bells, plodding arpeggiating synths and unsettling synth wobbles all come together in various combinations. Reset Robot knows how to play with your senses. He's at his best here on his own imprint, Whistleblower.
Under The Radr
The pounding low-end and cutting hi-hats on Sin Morera's 'Rebirth EP' will have you work up a sweat before you even begin to move to the groove. This tight two-track EP's out on Roger Sanchez's Under The Radr imprint this month.
'Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)'
Effortless, funk-filled, laidback disco-boogie is the order of the day here as Stones Throw’s latest rising star Mndsgn (pronounced Mind Design) gets to grips with Washed Out’s much reworked cut ‘Floating By’. A super-simple and super-effective rework.
'Every Morning '
Perhaps better known as one half of 2 Bears, this single lifted from Raf Rundell’s forthcoming LP is certainly a departure from the more housey output he is often associated with and perhaps more reminiscent of Elbow and/or Hot Chip!
Bigtopo & Omar Diaz & Amélie Mae
There’s been ever-stronger buzz about trance emanating from the Spanish-speaking regions throughout the year, with Omar & Bigtopo having a fair hand in that. ‘Pull Through’ — their latest — is big, energetic and later night savvy. The Amélie Mae chorus ensures it retains some real heart though.
'Time To Flee'
One of the tracks from Basil’s gem-packed ‘Depth Of Field’ album, ‘Flee’ is really no more than a first among equals. Wonderfully dour, soulfully ether-ish and at the same time oddly, subtly uplifting, this is complex, sophisticated music-making at its finest.
Manchesters Alex Kidd is back with a solo track. As the name suggests, this is a tribal-themed track. The first drop is in the hot ‘psystyle’ sound before changing gear to a crunchy kick drum to give this track a cool tech sound. Still has the rawstyle bark to keep things fresh.
ED E.T. & D.T.R
This south Welsh reverse bass duo have earned their stripes on the underground scene smashing parties up and down the valleys. They're production has now reached a level at which they are getting noticed internationally, and releasing on some of the big labels in Europe. This latest track stays true to their roots with banging kick and bass from start to end.
ART OF FIGHTERS
If you like your beats hard and fast, you already know to watch out for any masked hardcore fanatics. In this case it’s the Italian hardcore act Art of Fighters, here to destroy your ears. Uptempo beats and pristine production make this one not to sleep on.
If you’re looking for loopy, percussive techno, this fifth release by Platform is highly recommended. Powerful kicks, snappy hats and pitch bent vocals prevail on ‘5A’, while ‘5B’ sees the upcoming Italian producer drop a firing, bleep-heavy groove.
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Bordello A Parigi
Following a long hiatus, Igmar Pauli makes an impressive return with the vocoder-heavy Italo of ‘At Night’. While the flip side track ‘Together’ is probably a tad cheesy for techno DJs, it’s good to see the return of one of Europe’s electronic disco producers.
'Soul of the Automaton Part 1'
Boris Bunnik goes deeper than deep on the latest Versalife release. ‘Distress Calls From Pasadena’ is a widescreen, reflective affair. ‘Mind Control’ features a churning bass and haunted vocals, while' on ‘Qu/Ad’, Bunnik revives the spirit of UR’s ‘Final Frontier’ for an acid-filled climax.