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27 Feb 12
Played by: Tcts
Review: The day-glo synths come ripping out of Bwana's studio like there's no tomorrow on "It Ain't Done Til It's Over", pausing only for some powerful woodblock hits to echo at the end of each bar. Otherwise the details and delirium gets piled on in hefty measure on each track from the fresh-faced producer, keeping things melodic and meaningful in every shifting segment. XI turns out an interesting remix that slows the 2-step shuffle right down and bolsters it with haunting and contrasting synth parts. Jack Dixon opts for a more linear house take that still manages to straddle the contemporary hybrid juncture of electronic music.
14 May 12
Review: It's nice to see Skint reinventing their long dormant Under 5's imprint as a home for contemporary bass music. This EP from up-and-coming producer Jack Dixon is, arguably, one of their most on-point releases yet, delivering a fluid fusion of crackly, cascading deep house chic, garage influenced vocal cuts ups and warm, sub-bothering bass. There's a hint of John Talabot about "Lose Myself", which explores similar territory to the Spaniard's brilliant "So Will Be Now". "I'm Never Right" sounds like a housier Sepalcure, while Dauwd's remix of "Lose Myself" is woozy, comfy deep house with a huggable garage flex - like Mr Beatnick minus the MPC.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Kirsten Sees, Peter Edison, Recloose, Shadow Dancer, Pete Tong, Ave Blaste, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Murray Richardson, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Having received considerable acclaim for his releases on R&S offshoot Apollo, George Fitzgerald's Man Make Music and Hypercolour offshoot Losing Suki, Jack Dixon makes the move to Hotflush for probably his finest offering to date. "E" combines the clean, rhythmic mechanics of garage with a warm deep house sound that never feels derivative, leading to a melodic drop that sits alongside Scuba's similarly 90s referencing sound. "Find Shelter" is a subtly jazzier cut, placing stray chords around a deep bass pulse, subtly glitchy vocal samples and vinyl crackle, all leading to a masterful breakdown at the mid point.
22 Nov 10
UK Funky/UK Garage
06 May 12
Review: With R&S well and truly back in the game, their ambient sub label Apollo is also enjoying something of a resurgence after the excellent EP from Synkro. Now bright young thing Jack Dixon is on the case with some shimmering deep house cuts that go that little bit further in living up to the name. Echoing synths and quietly shuffling beats typify the EP, while the prevalence of pitched and contorted vocal samples lends a mournful quality to all four tracks. With an immersive sound that has one foot firmly in the dub camp, the clean cut bliss out of the You Won't Let Me EP possesses the strength to soothe many a raging raver.
05 Dec 11
Review: Jack Dixon hooks up with Rick Grant for the Running Man EP - the latest release on George FitzGerald's London based label, Man Make Music. The title track "Running Man" is all delicate, deftly placed beats, chiming melodies with a wispy, watercolour vocal element adding depth and atmosphere to the piece. "Muted", up next, pairs a reverberating vocal with hissing, shuffling beats and an eerie sense of emptiness. Kevin McPhee's remix of "Running Man" rounds things off with blissful piano keys, sombre atmospheric washes and a pervasive sense of beauty in the gloom.