DJ Format’s Psych Out Sampler
Exploring his love for all things rare and psychedelic, digger, producer and DJ Matt Ford teams up with BBE for this enlightening and truly multi-national digging spree. Delving deep into his box of b-boy tricks for a typically erudite and informed selection of breaks, beats and obscurities, the focus is on all things drum-heavy, fuzz-fuelled and truly dope. Very rarely has the phrase all-killer, no-filler been more apt.
Always a welcome visitor to these pages, future soul man Steve Spacek marks the first release on his own new label with this typically lovely release. Laying his trademarked falsetto vocal atop some suitably sharp and precise production, it’s all about the hi-tech soul — snappy hi-hats, bubbling basslines and progressive chords. By all accounts, he is about to embark on a series of releases for Eglo too, which bodes well for the long-standing Spacek fans amongst you.
'Changes Remix EP'
Synkro’s debut LP gets a variety of re-rubs in this diverse package. What concerns us here are the downbeat offerings. Sven Weisemann’s epic 13-minute Balearic transition from early evening ambience to sunset beats, and the ace in the pack, Helios’ update of the aptly-titled ‘Midnight Sun’. With a slightly darker BOC feel, it comes out tops.
The Leaf Label
Whilst these incredible recordings may not be to everyone's taste, in the interests of depth, variety and fucking amazing music it would be a disservice not to feature the latest release from this talented multi-instrumentalist and composer. Pitching up somewhere between Mozart, Morricone and Murcof, the concept of ‘cinematic music’ is a much-abused and misappropriated term in music circles nowadays, but in the case of these gloriously emotive symphonic masterpieces it's the absolute perfect fit.
'Get My Bang'
A suitably on-point return for this falsetto-fronted UK four-piece, who mark the follow-up to 2014’s 'Present Tense' with the forthcoming ‘Boy King’ LP — from which this taut, no-messing piece of mechanized alt-funk is lifted. Produced by Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Modest Mouse, Swans etc), the sound is a familiar one, but there is somehow an even tougher electronic edge and an even greater sense of urgency than before.
Paul McCartney& Wings vs Timo Maas & James Teej
'Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five'
It’s been causing quite a storm for some time now. Recently out, but if you haven’t come across this re-hashed gem from McCartney via the craftsmanship of Maas & Teej, then jump on a copy now. Hit up the club mix for a Soulwax-meets-Gossip-style cut-up.
Cookin’ On 3 Burners
'This Girl feat. Kylie Auldist'
A beautiful slice of old school two-step soul from the Burners. Nothing that hasn’t been traversed before in terms of that retro feel, however the production quality is top-notch with Auldist sitting pretty — delivering a strong vocal performance. Definitely blurring the lines between the then and the now. One for the balmy summer nights ahead.
Bing Ji Ling
Quite a coup for Love Monk, who has the pleasure of releasing this gem from Phenomenal Handclap Band member Ling. Covering the Maze classic, Ling does that irrepressible bassline justice and with some canny looping, layers it into the most faithful rendition. If you don’t hear this in the cooler bars on the White Isle this year, then I’ll eat my linen trousers.