New to Berkane Sol, Aleks Zen impresses hugely with these two newies which perfectly rise the fusion between house, neon-coated '80s funk and post-dubstep production and bass. There's so much good stuff wrapped up on "High Life" - thin 808 snares, trippy G-funk mono synths, punchy kicks and blunt, subby bass - that it's virtually impossible not to be hooked after just a few seconds. On the flip, "Pimp Shoes" is another cavalcade of cool, and a winning meeting of Floating Points hypnagogic textures and Night Slugs' rhythms. Highly recommended stuff!
Bristol's Slime label has always been difficult to pin down. To date, their bulging catalogue has touched on most genres, from dubstep and garage to minimal techno, rave and hard-to-define electronica. Here they're at it again, delivering a mixed-up two-tracker from self-proclaimed "Renaissance Man" Aleks Zen. Both tracks sound like party-friendly deep house made by a man who listens to a lot of modern bass music (particularly "Unrequited Lust") and classic, shimmering techno. There's even a touch of nu-disco about the cowbell-laden sweetness of "Transcend & Unity". There's certainly much to admire about both tracks.