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The new musical wonder that is Kenya's Ogoya Nengo is fast becoming the stuff of legend around the Juno HQ, not least because her singular style of African folk manages to appeal to so many different sorts of listeners. This 'versions' EP is full proof of that, too; clearly an inspiration as a blueprint for some truly mind-bending dance concoctions. Lena Willikens' take on "Orutu Run" is as eerie as it is magical, while Toulouse Low Trax's version of "Mix Zwei" manages to aligh Nengo's vocals with something a little more dubby and wayward. German duo Don't DJ are in their perfect environment, and their usual blend of polyrhythmics is perfectly balanced on "Sorbe Pekingese", a beatless glow of spectral bass bumps, whereas Hardwax-casual Orson delivers a majestic steppers charmer for "Bunde Dub". What an EP. 5 stars.
Shackleton's material for London's Honest Jon's Records has been among the artist's very best and, importantly, most daring work. That's also because the imprint, manned by the enigmatic Mark Ainley, allows its artists to offer their most explorative sides, a quality heard throughout the plethora of its releases. Sam Shack is joined by Vengeance Tenfold, whose vocals first appeared on the man's material via the sublime Music For The Quiet Hour, a definitive release for the British producer. This new Shackleton sound is different, however, focusing more the balance between polyrhythms and the movement of the vocals. The results are prophetic to say the least: darkness, dread, dub, and something inherently bizarre about the whole affair. A Shackleton classic.
DJ Haus' Unknown To The Uknown and Filter Dread's blazed-out bass experiments are a match made in heaven. Yes, we-re getting romantic with this shit, because this EP is something to get truly excited about. What we love about it is its ability to showcase to many different UK genres without sounding half-arsed. Tunes like "Expansion" or "Ice Click" manage to infuse the best elements of jungle together with, well, something completely different, and fresh to even the most cynical of ears. Stuttering beats, stoned percussion shots, and heartical waves of low frequencies make this something to treat with respect. Please, please do NOT sleep on this. In fact, don't come wining to us that there ain't no decent music out there before you've digested these killers.
Having Halcyon Veil as your first label ain't exactly a bad start, especially when it concerns to full LPs in quick succession, but that's just how Jesse Osborne-Lanthier goes about his business. The dude isn't only a music producer, though, and has actually collaborated on the design aspects of several stellar boutique labels like Paris' MIND Records, and London's Where To Now?. He makes his debut here with a four-tracker for Germany's Raster-Noton, a legendary electronic label that dates back to the late 90s, and one which has always procured our charts with the most explorative of sounds. From "Blackwell Dynonetics" through to "Lick & A Promise", Osborne-Lanthier leads us into a world of his own, where genres are liquefied into cerebral pools of sound that have more in common with the big bang than they do with techno or noise. A stellar EP - recommended!
It would be fair to say that Infinite Machine has brought nothing but vibes since its first releases began to appear on the cusp of the post-dubstep wave. By that, we mean that they have never failed to provide us with quality new talent from the enlarged bass world, all of it trying to do something to create new purpose and direction for the so-called 'hardcore continuum'. Keru Not Ever is a new, exciting producer who we know little of, but who provides a thorough introspective of his musical mind with this album, Tereza. As you'd expect, this isn't a piece of music with either a concrete rhythm running through it, or one particular sound at its core. Instead, Keru Not Ever builds a world of glitchy, electrifying sonics that clash and fuse beautifully with one another. It's a rich, textural pastiche of noisy ambient music that is right up our alley.
Having done such wonderful work alongside Wolf Muller on The Sound Of Glades album, Cass makes a welcome return with an expansive album release on Emotional Response. The German producer's ambient tendencies blossom here, occasionally meeting with laconic drums as on "U" but primarily dealing in huge swathes of melody. DJs will want to hold out for the dramatic pulse of "Ann", where a more pronounced drum set makes for one of the album's most club-ready moments. There's a strong variety of tones and moods across Youth Sessions, from the strafing arpeggios of "Running" to the bliss-out shapeless swirl of "Prismatic Prolog", and this ensures that the album will not dull with repeated listens.