French reggae producer Mato has made a name for himself by giving Kingston-style makeovers to many hip-hop pop hits. Here Stix have rounded up the latest batch of reworks featuring, amongst others, "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse and, clearly not getting the memo, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.
Bulabeats engage the nitro switch with emerging Portland spitter Mazarati. Big strings and swaggering beats underpin the original while Bulabossman Johnnypluse spaces out the poetics and to make space for a full-charge rhythm that's with gritty big beat era breakbeats. Complete with a swashbuckling instrumental, don't believe the title... You really do need "I Don't Need You".
The Erised is comprised of six bass addicts from the Ukraine, a collective of mutual bass worshippers, if you will. The group are back on South London's Med School with a follow up to the Desire EP, this time coming through with the excellent "In My Car", surely a future r&b classic. "Take Me" is similar in tone but the beats have been dropped to give space to the sublime and soothing vocals riding all over those subtle electronics. You also get a live version of the title track, an even more majestic cut of the tune.
We've had the Beatles' White Album, Prince's Black Album and Dangermouse's Grey Album and now Moar 'gets back' to the beginning. Despite having produced for 20 years, his White Album is actually his first long player. Completely instrumental, we get 20 self-produced tracks that reveal beat-led jams inspired by African, Asian and American music. Worldwide jams.