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Singles - Leftfield - Issue 587

Daniel Brandt

Flamingo

Erased Tapes

9.0
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Charles Bradley

'I Feel A Change'

Dunham Records

8.5
The fifth of November 2018 would have been Charles Bradley’s 70th birthday, so it seems fitting that this beautiful record should appear here on these pages and in this particular issue. With that in mind, there is obviously an extra sense of poignancy and sentimentality when listening to his raw, rasping almost world-weary voice. Rest assured, this single is as beautiful as you would hope. Classic Bradley, it's emotive, heartfelt and perfectly pitched horn led soul.

Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band

'One Thing '

Big Crown

6.5
Having already turned their b-boy attentions to classics from Dennis Coffey, The Meters and 50 Cent, Björn Wagner and his crew once again unleash their unique brand of steel pan funk fury on Amerie’s soulful, drum-break laden killer ‘One Thing’. By now you probably know the drill: super-tight, super-funky, steel pan business. No surprises there… but perhaps that’s just the problem; five or six covers in, and everything is starting to sound a little formulaic and predictable. You can’t fault the execution, but is the niche too niche?

Low

'Rome'

Sub Pop

8.5
Still turning their hand to inventive, idiosyncratic music over 20 years since they first formed, US indie slow-core pioneers Low unveil this wonderful track from current LP ‘Double Negative’. Written and recorded in collaboration with Bon Iver producer B.J. Burton, this is unlike anything you’re likely to encounter all year, and is Low at their most accessible — yet still experimental — best. Like its predecessor ‘Disarray’, this fuses the art of proper song-writing and melodies with the improper dark art of industrial soundscape electronics and distorted techno fuzz.

James Alexander Bright

'Strange Folk'

!K7

7.5
Following hot on the heels of his last EP and his recent collaboration with Stone Throw’s Vex Ruffin, this singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns for more lo-fi, psychedelic soul. With traces of E Ruscha, Shy Layers and Washed Out — to name just a few — his music wanders through gears and genres in the most unpretentious of ways, and seemingly without a care in the world. Hence we have warm and woozy folktronica sitting in perfect harmony aside blue-eyed soul and lo-fi jazz. What’s not to like?

FELBM

'Tape 1 And Tape 2'

Soundway

7.5
I still have no idea if this is a mini LP/maxi EP, or just a series of tracks joined together for one release. The work of Utrecht-based musician and producer Eelco Topper (who also records hit ‘n’ miss dance music under the alias Falco Benz), FELBM was born out of a series of experiments/explorations with acoustic guitars, various other instruments and a Tascam four-track tape recorder. The result is a collection of short musical sketches which encompass jazz, library, folk, lounge and electronics.

Celer

'Tetra'

Smalltown Supersound

7.0
Weighing in at 29 minutes, this hefty-yet-extremely delicate piece of ambient/celestial electronica from Will Long’s new moniker is definitely one for the darker, starry evenings and colder nights. Check out the LP ‘Memory Repetitions’ too.

Thomas Fehlmann

'Window'

Kompakt

7.0
Such is the way Thomas Fehlmann eschews and blurs the boundaries between techno, electronics, house and experimental music, you can never be quite sure if his releases will end up on more than one review page. The fear is that it falls between all the gaps and doesn’t end up on any. With that in mind, and here to right any potential wrongs is ‘Window’, a typically genre-resistant affair that bears all the usual hallmarks of his wonderfully spacious, deep, dubby and intricate production style.

Fatima

'Yet It’s All Love LP Sampler'

Eglo

8.0
Four years since the release of her last LP ‘Yellow Memories’, and Eglo’s first lady of soul returns. Having teamed up with a stellar cast of producers and collaborators on her debut, the theme continues here, as she enlists the production talents of Mndsgn, Purist, Taz Arnold and Natureboy Flako among others for her latest opus. Sampler standouts here include the low-slung electronic funk of ‘Caught In A Lie’ and the beautiful, tender music-box of ‘Fatima Waltz’.