Faze veers away from no-frills bass instrumentals in favour of more wide-reaching, vocalled sounds on this EP, kicking things off with a smoother-than-caramel R’n’G blend before dipping into Afrobeats and video game sonics.
More Time Records
Arriving on the consistently exciting More Time Records, Cardinal Sound drafts in Killa P of ‘Skeng’ fame for some deep, dark and dangerous sonics, while the flip opts for a more Carnival-ready flavour — firing out steel pan melodies.
Blu Mar Ten
'Titans (Law & Wheeler Remix)'
Repertoire/Blu Mar Ten Music
Originally a free DL following a remix competition, this finally gets a proper master and a vinyl pressing. Proper No U-Turn vibes on this one — irresistible! Plus the tribal ‘Night Forms’ on the flip really seals the deal.
Continuing on from his 2016 LP, ‘Negative Space’, Seattle-based Homemade Weapons returns to the label he’s called home for the past four years with a quadruple helping, packed full of his signature clusterbomb breaks. Moody A.F. as per usual.
If not the most boundary pushing record from the Lossless Music offshoot, duo Chromatic’s first solo EP for label still provides three solid dancefloor tools. Love the classic piano-led opening to the title-track — take us back to ‘92!
Even more excellence form the Intricate stable, ‘Night Move’ is about the best fusion of house and trance you’re likely to hear. The extravagant melody that kicks in halfway through isn’t allowed to slow or distract from its dancefloor drive in the slightest.
Audiofly & Patrice Bäumel
An excellent collaboration that brings a melodic euphoria together with more introspective techno for a winning blend of the two producers’ signature sounds.
The Spanish maestro keeps it coming with the high-octane club records, and ‘Mentality’ is a melodic techno powerhouse that just keeps turning it up over the course of its six minutes, peaking with a siren howl that red-lines the intensity levels in its third act.
Scratchy, scattershot found sounds, VHS static and sweeping waves of aggression characterise the debut 12” from the Belgian producer Obsequies for Kuedo’s KNIVES imprint. A record of real duality, it’s sweetheart piano one second and atom bomb whoosh the next.
'A Death, A Mexican And A Mormon'
Central Processing Unit
The Scottish legend Landstrumm drops a new four-track EP on Central Processing Unit that bears all the trademarks of what makes his music so unique. His brew of chiming, nagging arpeggios, primitive drums and raw electronics coalesce into madness.
'Yes Lawd! Remixes'
Knxwledge remixes an entire album he made with bonafide superstar Anderson.Paak in a move that channels a Madlibian flair for self-deconstruction. Cue more faultless, swinging drum-work and referential sampling of Paak’s vocal lines. Knxwledge is a master.
Firm firmness from Dexter Kane on his own Shadow Sanctuary, the pick of the punch being the EP closer Return Ticket, though the pun-tastic Schrödinger's Hat is no slouch either.
'Drift Deeper EP'
Manchester's Lola Purple drops soothing strings atop a stuttering kick drum in Drift Deeper, while the earthy dub of Taste of 5 is an unctuous affair, thick with atmosphere.
'House Crime Vol. 7'
A veritable embarrassment of dancefloor weaponery here from DJ Octopus, with seven tracks and two 12-inches of murky, lo-fidelity house music. Fall over and roll around in it.
Intense bass exploration from Pinch. The title track punches with some heavyweight stabs, whilst ’Street Light’ offers some respite with ethereal pads. It’s economical in its delivery, and lets the space between the sounds do the talking. Not for the fainthearted.
Bassline-meets-garage flex courtesy of UK Midlands bass dons Hybrid Theory, who blend jackhammer bass, classy beats and one of those indie meets R&B vocals that are so current right now.
Kouncilhouse & Amber Angell
Here's a blast of ravey goodness from London's Kouncilhouse, combining Amber Angell's epic vocal with effervescent synth and piano work, powerhouse sampled breaks and garagey b-line cool. The definition of peaktime.
Marcus Marr exorcises the spectre of Chic that has clearly haunted him. Wicked homage to Nile Rodgers et al with choppy guitar licks and rousing production.
The collective that features Al from Hot Chip, Luke Solomon, Jonny Rock and more drop their latest trippy, post-punk offering, channeling the icy cool vibe of '90s NYC.
Odyssey / Dan Hartman
'Native New Yorker / Relight My Fire (Dimitri From Paris Remixes)'
Two absolute benchmark releases in the history of disco music get the “super disco mix” treatment from the one and only, Monsieur From Paris.
Rugged EBM, minimal wave and disco noir from DeFeKT. Wicked four-track EP landing on The Hacker’s Zone imprint.
'Anyone Else feat. Sophia Lee'
Tuff Culture is the beauty and the beast of UK bass music. 'Anyone Else' sees the UK Midlands maestro blending cultured synthwork with Sophia Lee's dusky, lovelorn vocal, itself a thing of soulful wonder, before hitting us with a drop so beefy it could floor a T-Rex.
'Da Thing EP'
Ecuador’s Andre Salmon drops his ‘Da Thing’ EP on his and Aert Prog’s newly formed Sagmen imprint, with Hot Creations favourite Mark Jenkyns and Leftroom’s Matt Tolfrey on remix duties. A lively, balanced and thorough EP from all involved.
'Where To Begin EP'
Though he normally crafts a highly techy slant on the house genre, here, Kevin Over goes in hard on the sampling with a delightfully fun and jackin' EP on Madhouse, including an Art Alfie remix. Infectious, party-starting house.
Chapter 24 Records
More fire from this label courtesy of Jobe, who gets his first full solo EP a little over a year on from his first appearance on the label. He doesn't disappoint with four classy tracks of organic, musical and thoughtful tech-house.
If you’re after a bit of respite from the dark nights and cold mornings may we suggest you bathe yourself in the beautiful analogue warmth and mesmerizing oscillating synth waves of Colleen's new offering ‘Winter Dawn’. Stunning!
'Iron Curtain '
A dark, weird, unusual sonic oddity from Merge Records here that speaks to the memory of post-punk, no-wave wierdo’isms of Bush Tetra’s, Human League and Lizzy Mercer Descloux. It's art dahling, art I tell you!
Thirlwall’s second of note in almost as many issues is an uptick again from ‘Lucent’, and better yet is starting to show some real stylistic/artistic range. ‘Animal’ is far more complex beast, buoyed by nuance and, at its centre-point, featuring that classic Dutch organ sound (something that rarely goes a miss).
Cool opening harmonies and a pitch-perfect gradient-rise to its production do much to rally ‘Kairos’ cause. What retains the ear strongest though is its whispered vocal ploy. Always elusively just out of distinct range, its intrigue invites repeat spins quicker than most.
With a foreboding tech underlay and inharmonious, discordantly crawling intro-riff, ‘Neutralize’ is doing whatever it can to put the frighteners on you. Later in, occasional lighter tones do make themselves felt, allowing some degree of counterbalance. Must be said though, this seems earnest in its desire to be sinister.
Run the Jewels
Happy for RTJ to commit bankraids like this (apparently this track is for something called a 'video game') when they're this instantaneously compelling. A track that sounds just the right side of rushed, humming with spontaneous life and a great big dirty bassline that will bounce you like flubber all the way down the street. Get it.
DA FLYY HOOLIGAN
'Velvet Cake '
The last drop from DFH's sublime 'Fuck Your Life Praise Mine' EP released earlier this year, a cacophonous blast of brass and old soul samples lashed with tongue-twisting wordplay and punchy rhymes you need several rewinds to get your head around. Secure this in readiness for the soon-to-drop 'S.C.U.M' LP.
Slaine Vs Termanology
'Land Of The Lost '
Love Statik Selektah's production on this — giving an already agitated beat exactly the kind of needling, nagging, paranoid loops it demands — perfect for the combination of Slaine's snarly backchat and Term's more assured flow. From the new 'Anti-Heroes' set out now on the ever-ace Brick. Get involved.
'Little Rock '
No Label/Self Released
BJ's soon-drop mixtape is called 'Brexit' which suggest to me he's in no mood to start toning down or moderating his voice and message — LOVE this first leak for both the throwaway incisiveness of his rhymes as well as Torae's trap/dancehall production. If the whole tape keeps up this standard it'll be one of the greatest of the year. Essential.
Ride The Gyroscope
The sixth instalment on this Tabernacle sub-label starts with the mellow strings and piano of 'Cross-Field', but quickly moves into tougher territory thanks to the tough drums on 'Whirlpool of Acid' and the fuzzy groove on 'Pulsative Glow'.
'Mutual Romance EP'
Tom Dicicco unveils a promising new project, Veyg. The title track is a cavernous stepper, full of menacing chords, ‘Filling Pieces’ is a deep, Detroit groover, while on ‘Virgo Love Affair’, he shifts into warm, acidic techno. Nice work from an underrated producer.
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'Real Sound 2'
Killer tough techno release that moves from Fran Hartnett’s distorted drums and brooding bleep-heavy ‘Know What I Mean’ to Jon Hussey’s bleakly evocative stepper, 'Motiv' and Rory St John’s woozy but relentless ‘Ex Battery’. Hard tracks full of soul.
This rising talent from the UK scene is causing all kinds of waves out in Europe with consistently high-quality productions like this. Rough and raw hardstyle with unique melodic elements and pristine production.
'Ain’t No Stopping Us Now'
UK hardcore vocal smash hit here from Stevie Klubfiller, featuring the classic offbeat kick and bass and soaring UK hardcore melodies, which complement the vocal well before dropping into a European hardcore-led section in the main drop for a break from the norm!
Minus Is More
Rawstyle master Crypsis is back again for another smasher on Luna’s Minus Is More label, featuring up-tempo beats and short breaks for this full on head-down thrasher, made to destroy dancefloors.
Disco-pop release from antipodean pin-ups, Parcels. ‘Overnight’ follows a busy release schedule for the band and is produced by Daft Punk.