UK IDM duo Steve Rutter and Michael Golding aka B12 continue on with their new found winning streak and another brilliant release on their FireScope imprint. "In Vain" features Yonii's sultry vocals accompanied a minimal and bass heavy arrangement that calls to mind the 'grey area' experiments by the Autonomic crew several years back. We've got the lush dark ambient journey "Shotgun" which perfect compliments the vibe of this vocalist's truly amazing vocal range. Then "Sympathy Beatz" deconstructs UK bass music with subtle pop-inflections much like dBridge did some time ago on this catchy number while "Moth Beatz" distills the track into its essence brilliantly.
Apparel Music return and introduce a new sub label Apparel Tronic. The intention for diffusion label is to shift focus towards UK-rooted beats, nu-jazz, downtempo and even jungle - or what the label likes to to term 'bliss-beat'. Here Giuseppe D'Alessandro a.k.a Kisk and Ludovico Schilling have a new project which they inaugurate with the Hella LP: a collection of UK influenced dance tracks that merge influences from the aforementioned street-sound genres Originally born in Milan, Schilling relies on a process that he likes to describe as a 'contamination' of sound which entails the layering of field recordings and the sounds of his home environment with those of synths, real instruments and samples'. This approach distinguishes his productions and enables him to create a truly singular strand of dance music: and it's this that brings together the nine disparate tracks on this fine album.