Settled from his native Australia in NYC, Francisco pays homage to his adopted city with this huge new hip-hop/electro smasher, complete with some equally banging remixes. Over an A-Trak/Kissy-style beat, 'Cisco's rhymes gel nicely with the old-school drum patterns and new-school bass stabs on the original, while Mac The Hand bumps up the tempo on his 4/4 dubstep mix. The one to watch though is Mickey 'Magic' Escobar's devilish thumper which brings back that staple of 80s-electro and vintage Casio keyboards everywhere - the orchestral hit.
It's been a long time since Mr No Hands last graced our floors. But he's making up for lost time with this absolute nutter of a tune. Seriously, if "Donkey" was a person it would be the guy in the pub who grabs you and shouts conspiracy theories at you with no room for escape. Loaded with mad tangents and strange arrangements it's one refreshing breakbeat release that will sing to the widest audience possible. "Introducing Jay Levy" is a little less predictable - just a little! - and it swings with a streetwise gritty b-line and a fantastic array of samples and percussive elements. Welcome back Mr No Hands!
Fast rising breaks star Mr No Hands has already attracted a strong posse of admirers, including Plump DJs and Orbital's Phil Hartnoll, as well as snatching up "Tune of the Month" in DJ Mag. This first single on Air Records will only add to his fanbase, as well as giving DJs a perfect 1am banger. The remix, courtesy of LA's Breakdown, drops the BPM down a notch but gives it a pleasing electro polish and a killer, well, breakdown!
Believe it or not, Will's original is actually seven years old now. A sultry, sombre roller, it featured on the end of his album Space Between and I very much doubt he expected it to keep on giving and giving. You can thank Air Recordings for this; first available with a brooding Evil Nine remix in 2006, now back with so many new leases of life it's nearby immortal. Pimpsoul leaves us in no doubt as to who's the nu funk party boss with his now trademark squidgy bass, Mr No Hands opts for a 20/80 techno breaks blend, Audited Beats pay homage to the depths and subtleties of Will's original while The Gaff tears up the favela with big beat gusto.
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