Teasing ‘Godfather 3’, Wiley has been dropping bits, including this Mucky Beats production. It’s not the strongest, musically or lyrically, that we’ve seen from Wiley Kat, but we’ll still await the final in the trilogy eagerly.
'Feelin' (Roni Size Remix) '
Get Physical Music
This track reminds us of a certain curly haired welsh man circa 2008-ish, it’s a little harder and the elements are a little more simplistic, but it’s certain got that vibe to it. We’re loving the weird vocal and happy, clappy drum patten.
'Don't Want To Be In Love '
Now well-established as a standalone imprint, Ram’s little sister continues to showcase slices of the unknown. Uplifting strings and cinematic FX start the proceedings, joined by a sultry, breathy vocal, before the drop reveals a warming sub, crisp percussion and flocks of spiralling digital sprinkles.
Avanti keeps the quality coming with the label debut from UK duo Kolonie, packing a rolling bassline, atmospheric vocal grabs and a seductive feel-good vibe.
Matt Fax pres. Matters
Matt Fax works his Matter alias for a particularly effective, deep progressive record that shapes and builds its melodic elements with an impressive patience and assuredness.
'Contact Lost EP'
No less than Sobota’s seventh release this year, the Brazilian maestro shows that for him, the well just never runs dry, with three tracks that all stand on their own. As deep as they’re euphoric, and as textured and they are driving, they all feature Sobota’s trademark enchanting touch.
'Sleep More, Make More Friends'
I’m all for the fusion of songwriting with more club-jam acoustics and aesthetics (see Reginald Omas Mamode IV) as long as it comes from somewhere original. Skinny Pelembe’s brew of mumbly, grumbly, boogie meets boom-bap makes me feel something.
'Ups & Downs'
Sneaker Social Club
I don’t know him personally, but 'Ups & Downs' feels like the record Etch has always wanted to make: an album that joins dots that were previously separated by galaxies as much as they were genres. No rules. Just a fuck ton of breakbeats.
'The Microfiche Edits'
Library Tool Kit
West Norwood Cassette Library presents a new sub label called Library Tool Kit, and its first offering is a collection of 12 hyper compressed, two minute long, bit-crushed beat tools (hence the name). Some of these are absolutely mental good.
Carolina Lins & Os Planatos
'I Predict A Riot '
We can't resist a good cover on this page. This is no exception. Those cheeky Kaiser Chief chappies, for whom the riot is still waiting, get the Latin treatment here. All part of the ‘Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never To Play Football’ movie soundtrack, and done with the band's blessing. It’s pure Fania: carnival, beaches and backstreets all rolled into one.
'Life Gamble '
Super deep offerings from Orson, who plumbs the depths of bass exploration with this two-tracker. 'Life Gamble’ has a slightly smoother approach, while our money lies on the undulating, swelling bass of ’12:09’. It’s subtle, too, in its downbeat attitude, and worthy of your attention if you’re a fan of the low-end theory.
'Good Vibration '
Wah Wah 45s
Beautiful messaging in a slickly produced outing from the Soothsayers. Taken from the ‘Tradition’ LP, this shows the band following most capably in the quality lineage of British reggae and dub. Conscious lyrics, musical integrity and tight production, including the discreet dub version. Seek it out.
Maarten de Jong
Crunchy, loud percs, wilder pitch bends, burring bass and a beyond-brisk tempo mark out Maarten’s latest. The drop brings a tough-as-nails ‘Joyenegizer’-type tempo-increasing dynamic to its build-up brew and subsequent blowout. Not hard to see how ‘Cast Iron’ came about its title.
Roger Shah & Aisling Jarvis
'Hold Your Head Up High (Aly & Fila Extended Remix)'
Future Sound Of Egypt
Thanks predominantly to Roger, Aisling Jarvis’s (daughter of Moya ‘Clannad’ Brennan/niece of Enya) Celt tones usually park up at the cooler, more chilled end. It’s interesting to hear them thrust headlong into peak-time. Aly & Fila are the men to enact this, and it all works surprisingly well.
'When Faith Fades'
Oh Mr Matter, you’ve done it again: another enthralling, odyssey-like production cometh. Close to 10 minutes of unhurriedly, exactingly unfolded mellow drama, with a surfeit of sounds, FX and tricks to keep your dial wholly locked.
'Tactics Vol 3'
Unctuous deepness from Fletcher. 'Oildrum' chugs along with a churning bassline and space noises, while 'Faucet', with Luke Black, featuring subtle blasts of blissful pads, brings the feels.
'Raw Materials EP'
Inspiring house from Italy's Johnny Paguro, aka Albert Bello. The lengthily-entitled 'How I Built My House With What Older DJs Taught Me', in particular, is an absolute joy.
'Night Ride EP'
More total class from Inner Balance, this time from French pair ALVA, and with a nod to the sound of Chicago's much-missed Guidance, in particular the driving vibe of 'Krause Springs'.
Brothers Black/Tape Fear
'2x2 Series 1'
The latest release on London label Bade is a double-header, with Brothers Black delivering deep techno on one side. But it's Tape Fear who will get pulses racing on the flip: 'Turn That Thing Off' is excellent lo-fi acid electro, with funky drums delivering spiralling squelches and ice cold pads.
'Sharp Tool In The Shed'
Compelling experimental bass material on the edges of electro, ‘Sharp Tool In The Shed’ combines live bongo drumming with electro beats and galactic Detroit synths. Lush and different.
Insane Dances going for a deuce this month with material from Destino, who burst out with this, an EP of improvised club/kosmische tackle. Highlights include the giddy disco arpeggio of ‘Loopo Up’ and and the chugging k-hole nightmare of ‘Ceremony’.
Get A Room!
In collusion with Yuksek, Get A Room! mint Insane Dances with a tasty nu/disco-not-disco release. The title track boasts a sleazy, Dieter Meier style vocal over a slow no-wave beat, which is backed with the bouncy nu-disco number ‘The Reef’.
'Valhalla & Fidelity'
Me Me Me
Rugged EBM bruiser from Man Power, who swaps his disco boots for something sounding more Teutonic and leather-bound — stepping out from the smaller spaces into the big rooms. A massive sound, bringing up to date the primitive noise of Nitzer Ebb, Front Line Assembly et al.
Danger indeed, this really is a sleazy little number to work into your set. An extended cinematic intro lures you into a false sense of security before the bass drops and you find yourself on the wrong end of a complete low-end bludgeoning. Production is well on point here, more of this please Deathpact!
The Jungle Brothers
'Tell Me (Stanton Warriors Remix)'
Consistently dropping tunes that blow the roof off the rave is a given these days when it comes to the mighty Warriors. Rounding up a huge summer of releases they deliver their latest rave weapon in the form of this textbook Stanton remix for the legendary Jungle Brothers. A guaranteed winner for all the girls and boys.
Phoenix Da Icefire
Deep, dark, conscious track from the ever-masterful PDI, taken from a thought-provoking new compilation called 'Black Lives Matter UK Vol.1'. Let this fill the gap until 'Winged Scarabs 2' drops.
Juga-Naut & Sonnjim
'Pearl Diver '
It's not just slight Midlands bias that makes this highly recommended — it's the fact it's fantastic. From the similarly lavishly-appointed and hard-hitting 'Purple Door' album, this first lick hits you with a squelchy, full-fat luridness that's just utterly irresistible. A dream combination that works a treat.
'Dusty Does Detroit '
A maverick producer hooks up with two of Detroit's most maverick talents, and the results are as raw and confident as you'd expect. On 'The Rugged', a truly horrorcore-style, doomy beat with needling strings sits under a gnarly narrative from Guilty Simpson, and on the flip, 'I Don't See That' sees Fatt Father spit old skool venom over pivoting minimal funk. Dig 'em both.
Trippy Ass Technologies
Anybody who’s heard his music knows that Lenny Kiser is a MFing gangster. His latest track 'Blip Bloop' has fun written all over it. Just the right amount of squeaks and bleeps are underpinned by a rather matter-of-fact kick-drum and quirky FX. In the bag.
Well this is just splendid. Bushbaby always brings absolute fire, and his latest serving on Friction and My Nu Leng’s flawless new imprint Maraki bangs on a number of levels. Plodding beats give way to a hellish bank of horns and haunting atmospherics. This jam will bring all manner of heat to your party.
Inkline & Tengu
'Sickening feat Dread MC & Grove'
Love this new one from two of Brighton's most enigmatic bass acts, Inkline and Tengu. The contrast of vocals from Dread and Grove is a time proven combo, and the boys have delivered a spanking set of breakbeats to accompany them. Growling Reese bass and a lofty lead line are underpinned by a thick layer of deep 808 kicks.
A deadly dancefloor release from Earl Jeffers. The title track is a tough, tracky house workout, while on ‘Monster’, he opts for a heavy, percussive jam led by steely drums and featuring receptive vocal snippets.
'Forms Of Communication EP'
Inspired by the heritage of the early '90s, Vid Vai delivers the cheeky, Prodigy-esque breakbeat of ‘Forms Of Communication’ and ‘Critter’, a bleep techno workout that was tailor-made for a warehouse party.
Label boss Valerio Vaudano drops two killer club tracks: ‘Hidden Railways’ is a pumping, tracky affair with a somewhat gloomy undercurrent, while on ‘Lokomotive’, he opts for a deeper but still club-focused workout.
'Still 1 Measure EP Part 2'
With 'Part 1' aimed at the dancefloor, Mihai Popescu goes for something more artistic and expressive on his label’s second release. It’s a class act, but packs plenty of subsonic rhythms to get you moving.
'If You Say So EP'
Portugal’s Tex Ture steps up to the Aprapta Music plate for the label's 12th release, with three rolling cuts of high-technical percussion and minimalist flair, designed for the dancefloor. Understated but effective.
'Glades Of Glory EP'
Having recent furnished Mobilee and All Day I Dream with his inimitable take on the melodious end of house and techno, this is Jonas’s first creation from his new, self-built studio complex — and a quality continuation of form.
'On The Edge'
A new breakthrough artist from the USA who has been impressing me consistently with his productions. 'On The Edge' perfectly rides the line between raw and euphoric hardstyle in a unique way that oozes class.
'Life Goes On (Luminite Remix)'
I’m not familiar with the original, but this remix is awesome. It has Luminite's trademark quirky production, and though there are more melodic elements than I would be used to in an original track, all in all the package works perfectly.
Awesome hardstyle, with a super ravey mid intro section that I fell in love with at first listen, followed by a more traditional euphoric hardstyle breakdown for that hands up moment. Don’t sleep on this one.