Australian experimentalist Rory McPike drops a bizarre release on the fast-rising Cult Trip label. The title track kicks-starts the record with slowed down, teased out acid workout, but soon enough McPike is exploring different areas. "Outlaw" is a punky, disco groove underpinned by a doom-laden, Bauhaus-style bass, while "Technocracy" sees this antipodean maverick shift again. It's a chord-heavy affair very much in the European techno tradition of Kanzleramt. Finally, there's "The Rig". It marks a return of sorts to the title track, but on this occasion, the acid lines are based on lithe break beats and pulverising bass tones.
Land Of The Promises (instrumental radio) - (3:24) 125 BPM
Jersey Dreams - (7:07) 100 BPM
The latest audio missive from the impressively enthusiastic We Mean Disco camp comes from 5 Star Disco Patrol. Little info is available about his/her/their identity, but it matters not; all you need to know is that Disco Police is a decent first outing. The deep house-meets-deep disco flex of "Spirit Of The Night" kicks things off, before the tempo dips on the early Parliament style party funk flex of "Fire Fighters". Punchy disco percussion and steel drum melodies are the order of the day on "Final Path", while "Final Promises" offers an instrumental, flute-heavy disco-house take on Joe Smooth classic "The Promised Land". Finally, there's a deliciously dubby rub of a slow-disco classic previously reworked by the Idjut Boys in the early noughties.
Bulabeats engage the nitro switch with emerging Portland spitter Mazarati. Big strings and swaggering beats underpin the original while Bulabossman Johnnypluse spaces out the poetics and to make space for a full-charge rhythm that's with gritty big beat era breakbeats. Complete with a swashbuckling instrumental, don't believe the title... You really do need "I Don't Need You".