The Saucy imprint is on its way to establishing itself as a new source of quality, reliable bass music for the corner dwellers aka dubstep aficionados aka bassboys. Hot Goods debuts on the label with a bunch of direct, straight-up bruisers made for the dancefloor, and "1944" acts like the first missile shot in what quickly transforms into a rather menacing dance EP; WATSN's remix of the tune bridges the gap between techno, dubstep and electro house in a rather excellent manner. "Shogun" adds a little garage flavor to the producer's clearly audible grime fascination, whereas "Ghoul" heads straight for the tech-house formula with its steely percussion roll, and highly stripped back bass bumps.
Some would say that Nixon's material, which has predominantly come out through the Punks label, is heavily influenced by the pirate radio culture of the nineties and early 2000s. We'd agree with that, but it goes much further than mere concoctions of bass and drums. For instance, a track like the present "Somewhere Shadows" delves into many different pockets of electronic music, and the result is something mystical, far-reaching and utterly beautiful. Similarly, "Equipped Future", which samples Optical's original sample on "To Shape The Future", uses the bases of old-school d&b to paint a much border, more immersive picture, and "Gods Chor" offers a gorgeous, open world of breaks and dreamy pads. "Beings Below" is the perfect closing tune, a deep and mesmerizing sonic affair that would have truly rocked the place back in the Blue Note days. TIP!
Tyler Martens clearly likes to immerse himself in tropical vapours when working on his tunes, and his Stickybuds alias has produced some rather potent strains of bass music. This time he features alongise K+Lab and Kwadi for the Westwood Recordigns mandem, with a funky little hybrid bomb that touches apsects of disco, boogie, and straight-up breakbeat. Imagine a 70s funk tune reinterpreted through today's beat-centric dance approach, add in some sleek vocals, and you're somewhere there. There's an instrumental, too, for those wishing to mash it up with yet more killer breakbeat formulas.
Middle Eastern tech house represents good and proper here with Tel Aviv's finest Guy Gerber presenting on his Rumors imprint a new collaboration between himself and Turkey's Deniz Kurtel. She has kept a fairly low profile since her days on Wolf & Lamb and Crosstown Rebels, but it's nice to see her on the scene again. "Here Comes The Rain" is a dreamy and melodic number with shows off the signature production skills of both producers and is the kind of track you can imagine Lee Burridge playing on a rooftop in L.A. this Spring. Second offering "An Army Of Stalkers" is an almost 11 minute long epic featuring some sharp and snappy breaks accompanying shimmering arpeggios and ethereal pads; it's all quite beautiful really.
20 years ago you-know-who released that album. Now the shady French Band are looking back on that famous LP with a selection of reworks. The floaty 60's lounge of "Ce Matin La" gets a squelchy hip-hop makeover by Jprime and the retro electro-pop of "Kelly Watch The Stars" gets given an orchestrated big beat boost from Leygo. Elsewhere the mighty "Sexy Boy" is turned into sleazy analogue funk with extra rapping for good measure. Lastly Vinyl Messi takes the folk-tinged serenity of "All I Need" on a 100mph DnB joyride. A breath of fresh air indeed.