This track is amazingly clever, our guess is it was produced when we were all in a mourning limbo, unsure if the ever iconic Fabric had a future. It’s devastatingly dark and somber, but the most impressive thing is the mastering, it sounds as if you are in the venue we can’t quite work out how they’ve done it but it’s amazing.
Blu Mar Ten Music
Beautifully nostalgic jungle, for those who like warm and floaty. The soft, sparkling element bring this track into romantic territory, and the high pitch vocal takes us to the summer. Summoning images of golden shimmers of sunlight, dancing irregularly, glistening as they jump across a calm, waving sea shore.
The Vanguard Project
'LUV U TNITE'
A year on form the very first The Vanguard Project Release and we are still loving each one of their outings! This a a funky little roller, with feel good vibes from the get go. Sunshine vocals and old school drums and darkened with deep techy touches.
Fragz ft Kryptomedic
''Promises and Lies''
Red Light Records
A dark and twisted slab of neuro, with energy for days! Sharp metalic injections carve up the along with a shed load of well-placed, high-velocity, itchy, glitchy sounds and the occasion break down nod to old school jungle. Kryptomedic brings a menacing vibe with a well worked vocal.
Three mid-tempo, tropical disco grooves from Nicola and Isaak as Earthboogie. More killer wares for the discotheque on Claremont 56 offshoot, Leng.
'Cantoma For Good Mellows'
Cosmic and Balearic bliss from the one and only Phil Mison under his Cantoma. Features a bonus remix Easter egg from Lexx.
Reissue of this sought after Italo-boogie monster! Includes a previously unreleased dub version that was discovered only until recently.
Alien Alien’s slo-mo disco chug gets a tropical refix from Horse Meat Disco’s Severino with Ray Mang alongside Naduve’s new wave version.
'Fuerza Feat. Nani Castle'
Here's a tribal rhythm cut through with Latin attitude from New York's finest, Toni Quattro. This one's all searing flute samples, carnivalesque percussion and the coolest of vocals from Nani Castle.
'Real Strong/Sling Shot'
Flitting between two-steppy breakbeats and four-four on 'Real Strong', Bulgarian producer Khesis delivers a taut and muscular slice of UK bass that blends washed out atmospherics with the toughest of drops. On the flip, 'Slingshot' is a dose of synthy breakbeat with destructive drops, sick percussion fills and the rawest of low-end.
DEEFLUX X KRAZE
Natty little minute-long slab of cosmic funk with a groove so sumptuously deep 'n' wide it's worthy of Adrian Younge. The lyrics are total gibberish as you'd expect but who cares when you've got 60 seconds of aural cinema to goggle at. Album drops soon called 'Take One' and, yeah, I plan on taking one.
Phi Life Cypher, Smellington Piff, BVA, Cracker Jon, Jehst, Jack Jetson, Dirty Dike, Verb T, Sonnyjim, Mysdiggi, Klashnekoff, Fliptrix, Bill Shakes, Eric The Red, King Kashmere, Remus, Task Force & DJ Sammy B-Side - now THAT'S a posse cut! Great stuff from the soon-dropping 'Dyslexic Disciple' LP. Play loud.
'We The Nation '
Nice old school heat from Bankai Fam hinging on some truly twisted jazz-funk spirals and what sounds like 30 different MCs adding their nuttiness to the swirl. From a new mixtape called Civil War that should swallow a healthy portion of your Spring. Go get.
CHILDREN OF ZEUS
'I Can't Wait/Don't Say A Word '
First Word Records
Squeezing this in sideways to the hip-hop page (cos it's kinda R&B) because Pete Rock's been blasting it and what a sweet sweet slice of Mancunian soul this is — 'I Can't Wait' unfolding in Rhodes-laden radiant wonder and the flip thunking with smokey grit and langour. Wonderful little 7" that should be in your bags toot sweet.
'Ahh (Club Mix)'
A silky melodic record where Mike Shiver manages to channel an impressive amount of novelty from his inventive use of vocal samples.
'Something Weirdcore EP'
Icelandic producer Bjarki returns under his Cucumb45 alias his disinterested meeting expectations of any kind. ‘90s rave nostalgia seems all the rage at the moment, and here he mashes it up with a gritty experimental noise aesthetic.
'Born In The Flames'
A particularly moody slice of electro/progressive from Notaker that showcases his sophisticated approach to his musical arrangements, which is quickly becoming his trademark as a producer.
Clearly Braiden has been spending more than little time locked in his studio playing kick-drum loops to himself super loud because the latest two bits on his new 12” do come on very hard. This is serious, chiseled techno.
'Two & Three'
Pushing on through like the jazzy little engine that could, WotNot Music uncover yet another peach. William Florelle’s blunted beat music is delivered with a delightful and organic realness that comes to define it quickly. Keep an eye on this guy.
Roska Kicks & Snares
This is some The Den grade UK Funky that comes all the way from Tokyo. Admittedly it was made by a guy who is very smitten with the micro-scene that burned out brightly, but then so am I. The snares have it.
'Bubblegum (Andrew Weatherall Remix)'
Skip straight to the Weatherall mix who turns it from beast to beauty in an instant. NY block party acid vibes.
Midnight soul from Moonchild who hits that timeless spot with this ultra neo-soul outing. Fans of Scott, Badu and Omar form an orderly queue.
Ooozing class, this sixth release on Swedish producer Raam's own label is a corker. 'Tilted' keeps it understated, while deep, dub-disco 'Const' is a slo-mo delight, topped off with a remix from Qnete.
Weirdly, this is Art Alfie's first solo EP on his own Karlovak label. 'Trippfiguren' is the killer; a building, minimal chugger. But it's all pretty good, to be fair.
Honey Dijon feat. Charles McCloud
Classic Music Company
Murky, mucky business from Classic veteran Honey Dijon and her chum Charles McCloud, this acidic bombshell is for the freaks on those late-night, low-ceiling dancefloors. Aces.
El Prevost B2B Doorly
Supremely strange house music from El Prevost and Doorly, dropped on the latter's Reptile Dysfunction label. 'Black Music Invasion' is assured to spin out any raver close to the edge.
Sasha feat. Poliça
'Out Of Time EP'
A stunning single from the living legend, Sasha. It's haunting throughout and utilises a breakbeat loop to give it all some welcome grunt. Patrice Baumel turns in a superb remix that's all the more proggy.
'The Place EP'
Do Not Sleep
Syncopated percussive patterns and a strong bass pulse give 'The Place' a cutting edge, with cool support from the rolling rhythm of 'Madame'. Caleb's form continues to ascend.
'Acid Stomp EP'
Pumping, pounding acid textures that'll switch up sets and delight dancefloors revelers. Lovely stuff from Robin Ball and his recently formed label, Memory Box.
A label that's pushing some very hot music right now and this latest offering from CASSIMM gets remixes from Mad Villain, Greco (NYC) and Tom Jay. It’s varied and pumping throughout.
'Hypothetical Future Point '
Boris Bunnik’s Transcendent label is reserved for his deepest music, and this is no exception. ‘Constant Changes’ is a beautiful, reflective affair and is worth the price of this record alone. That said, ’Transition’ and ‘Introspection’ are charming breakbeat workouts that are worthy of your attention.
'The Practice of Pseudoscience'
M Parent uses hardware to produce techno, and this approach results in an impressive debut on Chem Club. Underpinned by throbbing bass and skippy drums, these tribal grooves are surprisingly understated yet still highly effective.
Kovyazin D & Moralez
'The Night Watch'
The second release on Brokntoys sub-label Eidetic is closer in sound to its parent thanks to the brooding electro of ‘Sunken Space Sea’. That said, it also contains the EBM-heavy title track, which is sure to introduce 'Eidetic' to a wider audience.
'Love You More '
A well-produced, super catchy, falsetto pop nugget from this English singer songwriter and guitarist, which is anchored around an equally super-catchy piano hook. Electronic pop at its finest.
It’ll be t-shirt weather in space before I tire of Naden’s celestially inspired fare. His fifth for Saturate Audio has the Norwegian at his chilled to the point of frozen best.
'They Still Need Us/ I Will Always Remember You '
Be The Change
More new label business here, as Arnej launches his Be The Change imprint. The chuggily atmospheric ‘They Still Need Us’ and deeper, cooler-still ‘I Will Always Remember You’ are a good start. Judging from his recent production session video though, there’s even better to come from the label.
Paul van Dyk
'Touched by Heaven'
The first instrumental outing from Paul in 18 or so months, ‘Touched By Heaven’ is strong, and at 10+ minutes, agreeably long. With an everyman feel to it, it’ll also make short work of cleaning up on the vast majority of trance floors.
'Close Your Eyes'
A bouncy hardstyle track, taking a vocal sample from a forgotten old-skool classic and adding the trademark AK quirkiness on the drop! A fun dancefloor track for the clubs.
Uplifting vocal hardstyle beast here from one of the hottest new talents on the scene, combining a superb male vocal with that defined uplifting hardstyle sound we have come to expect from Cyber. Ticks all the right boxes.
Steve Hill & Organ Donors
Big reverse bass action as you would expect with Steve Hill at the controls, fusing old school pianos in the main breakdown with a current hard trance overlying melody, before dropping into the energetic bassline.