Already a favourite with many underground DJs, this release from Chris Finke's new moniker celebrates the sound and spirit of Chicago house on the title track. Thumping beats, doubled up claps, relentless snare rolls and a bass so heavy and grainy that it could loosen bowels involuntarily at twenty paces mark this out as a particulalrly lethal serving of retro-ghetto. Bodyjack isn't about dwelling in the future though, and "I Wanna Be" sees him delivering a stepping, swinging rhythm and dark techno chords that underpin the vocal claim that "I'm gonna be right there" - just as soon as Finke finishes rewiring garage and house music's circuits that is.
After releasing a full-length just last year Jesse Somfay is throwing his Borealis moniker headfirst into another sizable exploration of eclectic electronica with a focus on big synth lines, detailed percussion and a no-holds-barred approach to sampling. There's a lot of energy running through the sixteen tracks on Glittervoice, whether it be the swelling emotional intensity of a track like "Angelsmoke" or the fiery drum arrangements of "Streamsnare", but there's also plenty of room for more contemplative vignettes and synth-laden hyperballads a la "Vapour Sword". If you crave bombastic tones in your electronic listening experiences, this album has everything you need.
Following the juke/footwork-isms of his recent Greatest Hits album, Chicago's Chrissy Murderbot teamed up with pawn for the more dancehall inspired Original EP. It went down so well that they've now commissioned remixes of the EP's tracks to keep the booties shakin'. Calculon & Austin Speed distort the kick for a punishing electro-bass meets D&B version of the title track. Meanwhile it's all about the minimal doom-bounce vibes on Moresounds' rejig of "Your Words". Werk!
Sidling up to Civil Music for his latest salvo of muscular electro-techno, Jon Convex is showing no signs of going soft as his solo project continues to mature into a sizable back catalogue. "Losing Time" is a rough and tumble of leering bass notes and biting drums, but there's still space for a drawn out melancholic breakdown that swirls in a vat of pads before launching back into the guttural main groove. "TX" on the other hand comes on like a merry-go-round of chugging beats and delirious synth lines aimed squarely at twisting up the minds of all present when the clarion call rings out over a sizable system. Ore is on hand to deliver an industrial-tinged revision of the track, while dBridge drops some stellar Autonomic-style half-step sci-fi considerations on his own remix.
Thinking One Thing & Doing Five Others - (2:12) 148 BPM
His third long player, Dyne continues his explorations in the sprawling creative pastures found between jazz, beats, soul and good old fashioned electronica on December. Fans of his earlier work will instantly connect while newcomers will find heaps of comparisons with the likes of Jackson & His Computer Band, Kwes or Jamie Lidell. Ranging from the classic-electro-played-underwater bubble funk of "Slider" to the heavy percussive washes of "Limes" via the jaunty contemporary b-boy soul of "Wood & Brick", Dyne's narrative is at once unique and familiar. Creative, breezy but anchored with the right amount of star-gazing emotion, December will last much longer than its name suggests.
Eliphino - "I Just Can't" (Eliphino VIP edit) - (5:38)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Gang Colours remix) - (3:19)
Bwana - "Baby Let Me Finish" (Black Orange Juice remix) - (6:21)
Lokiboi - "Love Saves The Day" (feat Citizen - Lokiboi vs Citizen remix) - (6:48)
Black Orange Juice - "Back Of My Car" (Ossie remix) - (6:11)
EVM128 - "Make Me Feel" (feat BB James - El B nova remix) - (5:03)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Eliphino remix) - (6:46)
Baby Prince - "Demon Spawn" (feat Lucky Paul - Lonely C & Baby Prince remix) - (5:42)
EVM128 - "Make Me Feel" (feat BB James - Artifact remix) - (6:17)
Lucky Paul - "Elephant Island" (feat Mara TK - Midland remix) - (6:53)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Gadi Mizrahi & Eli Gold money vs gold remix) - (6:02)
Baby Prince - "Nobody" (feat Lonely C - Miguel Campbell club mix) - (6:54)
Deep down don't we all wish for an analogue love? Warm, fuzzy, and a little bit unpredictable. Thankfully Berlin's Some Think Sounds are on hand to wrap us in their big arms and administer plenty of the above courtesy of a host of the label's many (remixed) highlights including Gang Colours' abstract glitch-step remix of Lucky Paul, Ossie's clicky rave-funk rework of "Back Of My Car", the tragic new romanticism of "Thought We Were Alone" and the show stopping, next-level, future disco of "Demon Spawn". A truly essential collection.
Only Swamp 81's second full length release in its four year lifespan thus far, Boss is Dave Jones' third transmission for Loefah's label under the Zed Bias moniker after debuting on Swamp in 2011 with the now sought-after double pack Stubborn Phase. Like that release, Boss sees Jones engage in more of the sort of heavy set garage-indebted house music he's so good at. Tracks like "Eingang", "Boss Skank" and "We Are There" (which features the vocals of house legend Roy Davis Jr) could easily slot into most contemporary house sets, while the likes of "Ye", "Cupper", "We're There" and "Flamm" offer the kind of darker, more syncopated material that will have fans of muscular bass music salivating.
My Life Is Vivid, My Eyes Are Open - (3:21) 140 BPM
A.C.R.R. - (5:31)
Dave 'Egyptrixx' Psutka has been an integral part of the Night Slugs family since the label was launched, providing them with their second EP in the shape of The Only Way Up and their debut album with Bible Eyes. Contributions to Night Slugs from Egyptrixx since then have been intermittent at best but Psutka returns here with an eagerly awaited new album in the form of A/B til Infinity. Keen Night Slugs followers will no doubt have already checked Egyptrixx's recent contribution to the label's ongoing mix series which was described as a "self-defined scrapbook of ideas" for this new album and the dark tone of that mix is certainly present here at times. From the first few listens in the Juno office, the suite of tracks from "Bad Boy (reduced)" to the Rrose does Night Slugs sounds of "Water" had us very impressed!
One half of Epitome and one of the men who run Italy's premier dubstep label, Graziano activates the 'switch' program on his sonic interface for a series of beats that defy the lush sludgy dungeon sound the label has been embracing this year. "Rinse" is a real stand out cut, all low-tempo, bouncy bass and classic UKG nuances, elsewhere we get dazed and confused by the TRG-style synth stretches of "Feel", we do some crazy jitterbug dance to the frenetic riddims on "Obstinate" and get pranged out to deep, dark techy flavours of both "Fuse" and "Room 2". Room two? Main room, more like - Graziano is on a serious creative mission right here.