It's been a big year for both the Marble imprint and Bobmo, who has released a number of EPs on the label and turned quite a few heads in the process. This time, it's a remix affair, with his "Sonic Soul" being re-juked by Teengirl Fantasy, Maelstrom and SCNTST, who all deliver the goods in three different styles of bass. Gnarly!
Two sub-soaked gems from Coleco on Runtime, two more reasons why you should be keeping a firm focus on the Bristol artist in the future. "Focus 10" takes elements of trap and garnishes them rich juicy bass and haunted eastern cries. "Ambivalence", meanwhile, operates on a superbly spaced out groove where weaves of cosmic texture and star-gazing FX build with mesmerising effect. Remix-wise Adam Elemental does a funky stop/start stutter jam on "Ambivalence" while Om Unit continues his rich vein of form by subverting "Focus 10" into a slower, more menacing groove. Stay focussed.
Although Funkineven's been an Eglozoid from the label's early days, recent times have seen the producer and DJ develop an independent streak, establishing his own Apron label and laying down collaborative roots with like-minded stateside artists Kyle Hall and Delroy Edwards. The bond is still strong however, and Funkineven makes a superb return to Eglo colours here with "Egypt" a cut described quite aptly by the label as a "Sakamoto-esque journey over the pyramids," combining throbbing sub bass with pulsating synth buzz. On the virtual flip is Gifted & Blessed's "Reflexes", a highlight amongst highlights of the Eglo Records Vol 1 compilation issued earlier this year and here committed to wax for the very first time. The track's fractured analogue nature is a fine accompaniment to Funkineven's A-side.
Hemlock amusingly describes this latest batch of Joe greatness as "two highly spirited but deceptively strong sonic cocktails" yet even those familiar with the unassuming producer's previous work on Untold's label and Hessle will be knocked sideways. The title cut from Punters Step Out effortlessly demonstrates Joe's capacity for embracing and channelling weirdness is matched by few of his contemporaries; the track's defining drunken Hammond is warped to an insane degree and smelted to a ruff edged drum lick that will cause all manner of chaos down the dancehall. There's also the similarly great "Club Scared", which seems to be an all too appropriate commentary on people ripping off the likes of Blawan et al. With this and the recent Hessle drop, Joe might just have shut down 2013.
Fresh off a well received debut on Will Saul's Aus label, Komon returns to the Apple Pips cause with a two tracker primed to do some dancefloor damage. Listening to lead track "Cosmic John" it's hard not to feel the Bristol based producer wasn't inspired by the recent Remiks of "Silencio," Komon's collaboration with Appleblim from Prins Thomas that launched Applepips offshoot Pipped. Certainly there's a melodic twinkle to the track that's reminiscent of the Full Pupp boss, though it's matched by the kind of bassline mastery that has Bristol wired into it's DNA. Face down and we find Komon in a much rowdier mood, with a bassline on "So Easy" that can't help but invoke the spirit of classic UK garage, spin backs and all. Still though it's Komon's fresh production finish that makes this memorable, as opposed to mere pastiche or throwback.
With a breakout year that has seen two very well received singles land on Black Sun, Manni Dee rounds off 2013 with a single for London's Shapes imprint that further compounds the detail-rich production and crushing dynamism of his signature style. "Loop84" makes this point clear from the off, as a fractured dubstep rhythm plays host to all manner of percussive embellishments that lend an organic quality to the po-faced sub bass and industrial tones. "Objective Form" has a more frantic electro-techno collision in its DNA that keeps the beats firing at a breakneck pace while nervous rivulets of acid zap through the jagged landscape. "Red Paint On The Roses" opts for a more rigid 4/4 template but keeps the stylistic traits intact, before "Eroded Viewpoint" returns to that hectic salvo of drums and tones that fall in a snapping formation.
House Of Black Lanterns - "Broken" (feat Ghettozoid - Unsubscribe remix) - (5:47)
House Of Black Lanterns - "Pale December" (Snow Ghosts version) - (3:51) 136 BPM
Second Storey - "Still Seas (Call Super's Fraud Loop)" - (4:25) 137 BPM
Special Request - "Lockjaw" (Akkord remix) - (4:26)
Unsubscribe - "Spek Hondje" (feat Bear Who - House Of Black Lanterns remix) - (7:10)
Here's a neat idea from Fabric's Houndstooth label to cap off a successful first year of operations: a compilation of tracks by label artists, remixed by other label artists. For the most part, the results are impressive, too. Paul Woolford dons his Special Request guise to deliver a dark, warped and surprisingly sparse remix of Akkord's "Destruction", while the latter gives the former's "Lockjaw" a hissing, blustery makeover - all analogue fuzz, titanium-clad riddims and dreamy vocal samples. Elsewhere, Unsubscribe delivers a pulsing, Italo-goes-post dubstep rework of House of Lanterns' "Broken", while Call Super's darting, building rework of Second Storey's "Still Seas" is a quietly upbeat techno delight. There's plenty here, then, to warrant further investigation.