Given the infrequency of their releases these days, any new 12" from Dego, Akwasi Mensah and Kaidi Tatham's 2000 Black project is cause for celebration. "Make It Hard", their first collaborative missive of note since 2008's A Next Set of Rockers on Third Ear, is predictably. The title track itself is killer; a classic, dancefloor-friendly broken beat roller complete with dense, Latin-tinged percussion and loads of brilliant synth touches from Tatham. It's the kind of record that would be been massive at the turn of the millennium. Even now, it should be. The other cuts are pretty tasty too, with some jazzier, deeper bruk in the shape of "Counter Attack", and a dash of sensual, Herbie Hancock does deep house niceness ("Steady Jam").
Tadd Mullinix's Michigan-based label Bopside is home to his and D'Marc Cantu's brilliant 2AMFM project. This eponymous album is their long awaited long player after loads of previous releases on labels like Creme, Spectral Sound, M>O>S Recordings and Nation. It's deep, but warm and highlights include the melted mechanical acid of "Midnight Social", the lo-fi electro-pop of "Excuse Me Miss" and the soothing ecstasy pads of retro houser "What We Live For".