Let Me (feat Curtain Blue & Born In Flamez) - (5:08) 140 BPM
September (feat May) - (4:53) 57 BPM
Night Drive (feat Schwarzmodul) - (5:15) 100 BPM
Erase (feat Curtain Blue & May) - (5:00) 136 BPM
Every Motion (feat Schwarzmodul) - (3:28) 144 BPM
Berlin beatsmith Robot Koch has long been delving into glitched-up fare for his regular haunt of Project:Mooncircle, and now he sidles over to another German electronic institution, delivering this collaborative EP for Monkeytown. Draped in melancholic tones, warm bass and crystalline percussion, the energy levels move from the dense pressure of "Erase" through to the laconic haze of "September". The tracks are shot through with emotive vocal elements that bring a human touch to the plush production skills, making for a thoroughly comforting and modern experience. If you appreciate the modernist, playful sonics of any of the Monkeytown output, then you'll find plenty to satisfy on Tsuki.
Layer Lock (Cristian Vogel Re Trans Form) - (7:31) 90 BPM
Following on from his barn-storming Double Divide LP, Second Storey kicks off 2015 with this EP that picks up the lurid sound-design freak fest of "One Sound" from the album and matches it with an unreleased cut and some delectable remixes. "Layer Lock" is a daring step on from the nagging acrobatics of the album, heading into the kind of rhythms that would get Autechre tapping their approval. Luke Vibert meanwhile brings his cheery attitude to "One Sound" with a rude, heavy-stepping bass buster loaded with his usual array of lairy samples. Cristian Vogel meanwhile takes "Layer Lock" into a tense, stripped down headspace populated with earthy percussion and interlocking patterns, rising to the psychedelic nature of the source material in a most intriguing way.
Bring On The Trumpets (original mix) - (4:36) 64 BPM
Bring On The Trumpets (Archive remix) - (5:32) 129 BPM
The Mask (original mix) - (4:50) 63 BPM
The Mask (PVC remix) - (4:53) 133 BPM
"Bring On The Trumpets" sees UK south coast producer Pelikann fusing aspects of trap with dark garage beats and dubstep basslines to create a hybrid that's so heavy you'll need to go on a diet after digesting it. Remix-wise Archive sticks on extra pounds by supersizing the bass tears and making the kicks even chunkier. "The Mask" takes more of a tech approach with a dynamic uncompromising, unrelenting rhythm, a deep space drop and twisted spoken word sample. Looking for a two-step twist? Jump on PVC's remix. Grizzly.
It may be early days for Air Max 97, but already he's making his mark after emerging on Liminal Sounds last year. He's back in action on the same label with his slick, grime-inflected productions, sounding just as essential for the dancefloor without losing that esoteric bite that characterizes his distinctive cuts. The bass on "Fruit Crush" is wielded with flair, while the delirious vocal samples nudge the track into pleasantly surreal territory, and "Shape Cut" displays even more inherent skill for handling complex percussive tones and experimental sonic matter in a dense but dexterous arrangement.
Paranoid garage vibes abound as Slave City's Transcode lays down three deep shuffling bubblers. "Move It" bumps with an iced-out My Nu Leng vibe, all slick, minimal and moody. The EP title track "Prometheus" takes us down an even dark route as the beat pound with more of a house heaviness and the bass is more spaced out, unpredictable and densely layered. "Tell Me" closes the show with sweet shards of light by way a perfectly executed vocal snippet, laid gracefully over yet another warped and twisted low-end.
Beat Spacek aka Steve Spacek is a man who has seen it all and done it all. Well, not quite all because this latest project is quite possibly his best in recent years. Having worked with artists as diverse as J Dilla and dBridge, his sound is characterised by a hugely varied conglomeration of styles and influences, but also methods. For instance, we've been told that this LP is made up exclusively of sounds generated from iPhone and iPad apps, so it's easy to see the man's versatility and openness to new sonic territories. "Modern Streets" itself is an intricate cocktail of ideas, incorporating remnants of drum & bass, digital dancehall and curb-side poetry. The whole LP is a daring and successful view into Spacek's multifaceted mind as a musician. Recommended.