DJ Hooky isn't ashamed to venture down the road of mash-ups, because even though they may have been done to death, they still always rock a party. Here on "Jazz We Got" Mos Def's rapping gets layered over a really old and crackly jazz loop for some groovy chilled out vibes. Bonus track "Wicked Dub" takes the immortal Wicked Game by Chris Isaak and blends it seamlessly with some slow and low dub reggae.
Jonny Faith recently revealed the influence of the Oz sun on his music with acclaimed LP, Sundial. Now he moves on with two new non-album tracks, "Le Sucre" and "Dapple City". The former sees cascading electronic shimmers, gentle loops and light hip-hop beats merge is a blissful haze. The latter see trip-hoppy vibes resurface on this brief chillout interlude. Some album tracks get remixed too: "Dust Settles" becomes a fuzzed-out headnodder in Roleo's hands, Anormie Delirious turns "Zheng" into spacey DnB and Snare Thief goes further into jungle territory on his frenetic rework of "Neon".
Japanese artist Teruyuki Kurihara makes his first outing on Blue Tapes with this expansive collection that was originally released across three cassettes. The music reaches to many different places, from the calming ambience of the twenty-six minute epic "1969" to strange orchestral experimentation on the trio of "Untitled" tracks. There is even a tender house moment to enjoy on "Last Manday" in amongst the more experimental fare, although it still fits right in with the reflective melancholia Teruyuki seems happiest exploring with his guitar and electronics combo. For a diverse listening experience that in some ways echoes the Shinichi Atobe album on Demdike Stare, Blue Three is well worth investigating.