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Review: The CEO of Boy Better Know steps up with the razor sharp "96 F**kries". A fine display of JME's lyrical prowess, the enunciation is in point, yet retains street edge and the track is delivered with suitable swagger and a discernable acerbic wit which becomes the piece. The beats beneath are suitably gritty, with a Joker-esque synth-heavy core and cheeky undertone. Highly recommended.
07 Jun 10
Played by: Moony
22 Apr 13
07 Jun 10
Played by: Tom Central, Bert On Beats, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mary Ann Hobbs, Juno Download, Gilles Peterson, Wire Magazine, N-Type, Soul Mekanik, The Count & Sinden, Doc Daneeka, Mixcloud
Review: Fresh from the success of last year's sensation, "Grimelight", Joe drops his tightest syncopations yet with the excellent "Claptrap". Drawing heavily from Spanish Flamenco, the title track is an intensely clipped and arranged rhythm track using little more than speed claps, sub hits and field recordings that include claps (obviously), coughs and hiccups. It is ridiculously catchy and testament to Joe's neat skills as a producer. "Level Crossing" on the flip, slices up rattling hi-hats and more speedy rhythms as its kicks swing to and fro amongst this loopy jaunt.
28 Jun 10
Played by: Tom Central
Review: Joe emerged last year with the incredible sounds of "Grimelight/Rut" on the famed Hessle Audio label, and now is ready to bring us his second 12" on Appleblim's Apple Pips imprint. Crackling into the audible range with delicately tapping breaks, bongo-thumping beats and soothing sonorous atmospherics, "Untitled" is a touching and melodic exploration into an inner musical consciousness. It's percussive and tribal, with distinct inklings of fellow Hesslers Ramadanman and Pangaea in the rumbling bass and stripped back grooves of the piece. Deeply meditative at its core "Digest", meanwhile, immediately snaps into action, with sizzling synths, woodblock beats and abrasive chords capturing the attention and imagination from the off. Strangely, subtly captivating, it's another finely crafted piece from a highly skilled producer. One thing's for sure?he's not your average Joe.
30 Jan 12
30 Apr 12
Review: Joker gives his recognizable and self-named sub-genre of "purple wow" a bit of a contemporary twist in this latest release on his own label, Kapsize. "Skitta" is all crunchy, snappy beats which trip over each other aggressively, underpinned by those iconic Joker synths, 80s influenced to the max. The accompanying "I Thing You Should Know" brings in the lyrical talents of East London grime outfit, the Newham Generals, who add some urban grit to the synth-drenched psychedelia of the main piece.
12 Apr 13
Review: Dropping that purple funk like only he knows how, Joker is back on Kapsize for another bout of pimped out steppers laden with synths and a strong whiff of boogie. Opening track "Zim Zimma" proudly rips out some hair metal guitar licks over dramatic piano stabs, and even chucks a jungle break into the mix towards the end of the tune. "Gully Side" is more devoutly aggressive in its demeanour, grinding on a mid-range buzz and a slimline beat of just a few key parts sharply honed for guaranteed floor-flattening. "Handz Up" has a cheeky dose of trance worked into the emotive chord progressions, while the beat even sneaks into 4/4 in places before switching back into a steppy stance. "Newham Generals" rounds off the EP with the most lairy of all the tracks, channelling all the strengths of the previous tracks into one bold and bashy beast of a track.
31 Oct 11
Review: Given his rapid ascent from pioneering 'purple' producer to major player, it's perhaps little surprise to find that Joker's long-awaited (and much hyped) debut album sees the Bristolian youngster mixing typically funk-laden synth-step jams with moments of soaring dubstep pop and hip-hop funk. While it's the latter that have propelled his rise, it's the former on which he built his career. It's notable, then, that the best moments on The Vision are those that draw most from his early purple work; the contemporary P-funk of "Level 6", cyber-funk of "Milky Way" and gorgeous Herbie Hancock-does-Purple grooves of closer "Magic Causeway" are amongst the best things he's done.
21 Nov 11
Played by: Doshy
21 Mar 11
Played by: Ourdubs 21/03/11 Playlist 001
Review: Iconic, genre-defining business from the one like Joker, and undoubtedly amongst the purple wow pioneer's best productions to date. Originally released in 2008 on Plastician's Terrorhythm, this now sees the light of day as a digital release. If you've not heard the ubiquitous sounds of Bristol referencing anthem "Gully Brook Lane" in the past few years, then just where, exactly, have you been!? That idosyncractic synth riff has "Joker" written all over it, with rippling melody, stepping b-line and buckets of grime infused flavour. "Retro Racer" tunes into an 80s vibe, taking its name from an old arcade game and using the same memorable melody in the sonic infrastructure of the tune, with smacking beats and low end pressure underpinning it.