Our favourite Spaniard A2C returns to Pandora Box with some of his inimitable breaks flair in what is probably his most daring outing yet. The title track is an absolutely storming, filthy garage bomb with some seriously abrasive low-end, While "Funky Out" is its more chopped-up, grooved-out spawn. "Original House" on the other hand is a punchy, MAW style workout - those breaks are very tasty indeed.
Bristol-based, Distro comes through absolutely correct with his latest scorcher on Roska's Kicks And Snares imprint. "Thug Girl" is an on-point continuation of the FWD tradition, combining elements of house and grime like there's no tomorrow - so good to see ideas flowing back into the bass pool! "Deep Down", as the title suggests, is a moodier, heads-down track but one that still rocks the floor good and proper.
Our Town (Sister Bliss Vs. I Said No Dancefloor dub) - (6:01)
Calling on the vintage sounds of hedonistic mantras chanted over bouncing house beats, "Our Town" is the perfect amalgamation of LETTHEMUSICPLAY's happy-go-lucky dancefloor stylings and Kate Tempest's stop-in-your-tracks London poetry. Besides the obviously arresting description of Tempest's envisioned Saturday night, each of these remixes builds a bigger picture around her. In the wake of LTMP's effervescent original, the always-fantastic Joe Goddard strips back some of the calypso to reveal rattling percussion and trademark echo-laden chimes like a faraway beach party. Lennie De Ice brings out the breaks for his re-imagining and Faithless' Sister Bliss and I Said No roll out a big club-pleasing dub. All in all, a winner.
Ah yes, Major Notes steps forward with a new helping of Lossol Entertainment delight in a delightfully African kinda twist. It's a bittersweet assemblage of house, UK funky and of course, afrobeat. Sampling and twisting his way through three tracks, the Major does things properly. Check "Onofu", it's blindingly funky - highly recommended to fans of Daphne and the like...
Drawing on a vast range of influences, Bejewelled tries and largely succeeds in being all things to all men. The title track is a jacking affair that features the plink plonk of xylophone bells, while on a completely different tack, "Don't Look" is led by a stepping rhythm and a rude UK garage sub-bass. "I'm Tired" uses a similar approach, but on that occasion, the bassy licks are fused with an angelic vocal, ponderous techno chords and a series of rewinds. Rounding off this unusual release is "Resonant", a stripped back techno groove that features the sound of rattling percussion and killer subs.
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