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Off! This Kill The DJ label just keeps on hitting new grounds, and this new collab between Car and Red Axes is further proof of just how exciting this collective really is. Car has already featured prominently for the label, but Red Axes has been churning out beast after beast for labels like ESP Institute, Hivern Discs and many others of the same calibre. Although we have labelled this as cold wave, because is does indeed transpire feelings of chilly melancholia, the EP is basically a collection of mindful techno tunes for the more explorative of DJ's. From "Incognito" through to "2040", there is a feeling of pensiveness and true romanticism, the sort you don't often hear anymore and one that we're always on the hunt for. A heavy artillery of remixes come demo Il Est Vilaine, and Tom Furse with two mighty versions. TIP!!!
This second instalment of Adrian Sherwood At The Controls is as highly anticipated as the first chapter, and perhaps boasting even more quality across its 16 masterful re-edits of 80s and 90s dub-infused classics. The texture is Sherwood through and through, with the producer bringing that inimitable On-U Sound flair to each and every production he touches. Here, we have mainly material from the 1980s, a fine blend of post-punk and dub that makes total sense together; the highlights and must-haves include Pankow's "Boys & Girls" from 1987, "Music & Science Madness" by the great Lee Scratch Perry from the same year, and 1990's "Hold Some Version" originally from African Head Charge. To be fair, though, you should just hit the old ALL button when opting for download.
Barcelona-based Domestica deserves praise for releasing a second instalment of left of centre music from 80s band Son of Sam. The metallic drums and cut-up samples on "Hothouse" sound like a warped take on Art of Noise, while "Second Wasted Second" combines Siouxsie Sioux wails with white boy funk and wah wah guitar. In stark contrast are the noisy blasts and ambient, swirling sounds of "Come Here, Handsome", but it's only a temporary divergence as the Linn Drum kicks back in on the electro funk of "Playground" and "You Got Me". It makes for one of this year's more endearing reissues.
To paraphrase the great Monty Python show, now for something completely different. Over the past decade, Evol - comprising Roc Jimenez de Cisneros and a shifting line-up of collaborators - has been releasing music that gnaws at the senses. As Do These so ably demonstrates, there is no sign of this merry group of pranksters stopping soon. Released on the Lorenzo Senni-curated label Presto!?, it consists of eleven pieces of music that by turns entertain, inspire and irritate. It starts with "One" and "Two", which consist of squelchy, frequency-shifting loops, followed by the insane builds and drops of "Three". In effect, "Four" and "Five" sound like vintage Rob Hood without the cold, doubled up beats. By the time de Cisneros and his pals reach "Nine", which sounds like the mass torture of hamsters, the joke has worn thin, but the journey to get there was enjoyable and excruciating in equal measures.