Layer Lock (Cristian Vogel Re Trans Form) - (7:31) 90 BPM
Following on from his barn-storming Double Divide LP, Second Storey kicks off 2015 with this EP that picks up the lurid sound-design freak fest of "One Sound" from the album and matches it with an unreleased cut and some delectable remixes. "Layer Lock" is a daring step on from the nagging acrobatics of the album, heading into the kind of rhythms that would get Autechre tapping their approval. Luke Vibert meanwhile brings his cheery attitude to "One Sound" with a rude, heavy-stepping bass buster loaded with his usual array of lairy samples. Cristian Vogel meanwhile takes "Layer Lock" into a tense, stripped down headspace populated with earthy percussion and interlocking patterns, rising to the psychedelic nature of the source material in a most intriguing way.
Mask Movement (feat Whensday/Ant Live) - (3:47) 75 BPM
Short Films, Episode 2 - (3:22) 93 BPM
To The Moon (feat Zaur) - (3:15) 64 BPM
I.P. (Luna version) - (2:53) 86 BPM
Following a brief sojourn on Faded Music, where he contributed to the Futurist EP, dubstep don Histibe returns to his regular home, Mask Movement. No Chains On The Moon is typical of the Ukranian producer's output, and sees him blending smoky, trip-hop era vocal hits and paranoid textures with tech-house style electronics, picturesque melodies and jaunty dubstep rhythms. There's plenty of variety within the six tracks, as Histibe showcases both his dancefloor chops (see "Young Diamonds", "Short Films, Episode 2" and the hip hop of "Mask Movement"), and his lesser-known downtempo credentials ("X-Flight", the voodoo tipsiness of "I.P (Luna Version)".
Booma Collective co-founder Solpara made his vinyl debut in November, sharing the first L.P.C 12" with Vancouver oddball Lnrdcroy. Here he branches out on his own for the first time, delivering a debut EP proper for Nicolas Jaar's label, Other People. It's pretty darn good, too. While "The Descent" and "Swing" are almost claustrophobic in their immersive nature - think vintage ambient house mixed with the hypnotic pulse of dub techno - there's a rhythmic intensity about the loose, African-influenced drums and drifting harmonica melodies of "Vitamin D". "Short Circuit", on the other hand, fizzes and pops from the speakers with raw intent, while closer "Seahorses" is deliciously innocent in feel and melodious in execution. Superb stuff, all told.
Beat Spacek aka Steve Spacek is a man who has seen it all and done it all. Well, not quite all because this latest project is quite possibly his best in recent years. Having worked with artists as diverse as J Dilla and dBridge, his sound is characterised by a hugely varied conglomeration of styles and influences, but also methods. For instance, we've been told that this LP is made up exclusively of sounds generated from iPhone and iPad apps, so it's easy to see the man's versatility and openness to new sonic territories. "Modern Streets" itself is an intricate cocktail of ideas, incorporating remnants of drum & bass, digital dancehall and curb-side poetry. The whole LP is a daring and successful view into Spacek's multifaceted mind as a musician. Recommended.