Magic + Dreams
A mini album from the Bristol-based Peverelist is a seldom seen and valuable thing. Recently only really flexing his production muscle as part of the Livity Sound trio, listening to his '12000' tape for Bass Clef’s Magic + Dreams label makes me realise just how much I’ve missed his oddly insistent curveball techno constructs. ‘In A Spin’ is classic Pev riffage, ‘Kinetics’ is a mad shuffle and ‘OK OK OK Run It’ is pure indulgence. Lovely.
Embracing both footwork and slow, juddering hip-hop patterns, Lil Jabba’s return to Local Action proves a rather emphatic one. Following in the heavy footsteps of his 'Gully EP' for True Panther, '47' properly presents Jabba’s menagerie of slightly oddball, detuned bell work and footwork-influenced rhythm programming, with ‘Tea’ and ‘Skates’ being the perfect example of him taking the lush melancholy of Mr Mitch’s music and meshing it with more hi-hat-driven percussion.
Gage & Kevin Jz Prodigy
As a collaboration between a tough nut grime producer and a legendary ballroom scene announcer, ‘Bad Bitch’ does everything you’d expect it to. Stern, steel-tipped bass pulses judder, whilst simplified marching drum lines thump away, and Prodigy’s maniacal call to action rings out over the top. The vocal delivery will surely split opinion though. In a club, at peak sweat, I can picture this exploding, but that vocal really does limit its appeal.
Space + Time
Tracks like ‘Chemotaxis’ and ‘Prismatic’ ooze a sort of knowing sentimentality that only really comes from Etch's sampling, and he’s not just layering a select few patterns with stabs at the start of every revolution, he’s busy making it all fit and feel fluid. Yeah, OK, so it mightn't be the most daring of things but there’s definitely bits to rub up on.
'Coyote Kings Vol. 2'
Finishing 2014 the way they finished 2013, Coyote Records have united for a second compilation instalment that features another 10 exclusive productions from the reverent talent crop of instrumental grime producers it repeatedly plunders. Enlisting blossoming names like Yamaneko, Strict Face and Chemist’ll ensure that the collection piques a lot of dudes' interest, but the real joy of it is in discovering assertive bits like Famous Eno’s ‘Puzzlebox Riddim’ or Rejig’s positively baltic ‘Ice Xungle.’
Dosh & Ghostband
'Def Kith EP'
Rolling at a techno tempo, the four tracks from the sometime Fog drummer and Andrew Bird associate Dosh and his partnership with Ghostband are immediately quite different from the material you might expect — and purposefully so. Whilst they certainly retain some of the switches and unpredictability of Dosh’s solo work, it’s all a completely different beast that feeds off bleeps, squelches and acid basslines as much as it does organ voicing and percussion layering.
Basically yeah, Max D is the motherfucking man and his Dolo Percussion alias is reserved exclusively for what he calls "bugged-out drum tracks". Now, you know how much I’ve celebrated producers who’re adept at crafting a rollicking groove out of tiny insignificant pieces, but Max is on some higher plane with it, seemingly able to knock out astonishingly potent percussion tracks with abandon. Driving, insistent and actually quite playful, this 12” is essential.
The 10th release on the burgeoning Getme! label comes out of the traps fast and angry like a rabid whippet with overbearing authority issues, would with newcomer IYDES hamfistedly bludgeoning a torrent of cascading drums and siren samples out on ‘Cubicle.’ Sure, in a post Club Constructions world, functional dancefloor music like this has been gifted a new lease of context, but the romp and pomp of the EP opener isn’t half hectic.
'The Acid House Handshake'
From the get go, Don Froth’s latest drop for WNCL makes you smile — and how! Using his spoken word sample to prepare you for a feast of differing approaches and styles, Froth’s command is what proves exceptional, especially when making a rolling feature of his clipped, delayed kick drum in the middle of ‘Body X JD’, or rolling out the infectious conga line on ‘Live Notes’. There may be a lot to digest here, but it’s so worth it.