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28 May 12
Review: Ghetto house fans to the last, French producers Bobmo and Surkin have given their collective High Powered Boys alias an incredible back catalogue of hip hop/Bmore/R&B-influenced electro over the years. Their new Streetwise EP is a worthy addition, with the fast and lyrical bounce of R&B masher "Streetwise" sitting nicely against the crisp Baltimore patterns of "The Bim Bam Song", the Latin swing of "Mind Games" or the amazing gonzoid tech of "The Machine".
11 Apr 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
18 Feb 13
Review: There are three questions you should be asking right now: what mad sound concoctions is the suave moustachioed French producer going to give us this time? Who the devil is Andy? And why's he such a freak? We don't know the answer to the last two but with an elastic, frog-like riff, sexy chopped up vocal and heavy ghetto-style snare slaps, we can tell you "Freak Andy" is enough to make anyone go potty, regardless of name. "Same Old Brand New" is much darker; like an old Traxx record but reconstituted in European form. "Lambert Alert" finishes the set with a similar Jack Beats flavoured bass croak to "Freak Andy" and a killer build up that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Ace.
13 Jun 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: The news that Institubes was to close down operations was greeted with sadness across the board and is indicative of the environment labels operate in at the moment where t-shirt sales are relied upon to stay afloat - something delivered in more eloquent terms by the press release that announced it. Out of the sadness, lightness arrived via the new digital only Marble imprint overseen by Institubes alumni Surkin, Para One and Bobmo and this fourth release is perhaps the strongest to date. Myd is perhaps the most unfeted of the Club Cheval crew - home to the brilliantly demented Canblaster and the dapper Panteros 666 - Octodip should go someway to redressing the balance however with the young Frenchman dropping a trio of cuts primed for the floor. The title track is an oriental infused r n b club jacker that adheres fully to the Club Cheval non linear structure; "Javier" drops a stadium sized half step riddim over a pulsing techno beat amidst a swathe of narcosis induced vocal edits. Finally, Myd serves further note of his versatility with the low end tropic bounce of "Victoria".
18 Mar 13
Review: Taken from last year's spotless album Passion, "Every Little Thing" takes contemporary R&B-fuelled hip-hop and runs it through a more futuristic bass machine. Here we find it delivered in myriad remix options from sensual cosmic soul-hop (Canblaster remix) to end-of-night hug-athon euphoria (Girl Unit remix). For those who love Cam'rom, Irfane and Tekilatex's fluid rap there's a handy acapella. And for those who don't love it, there's an instrumental.
20 Aug 12
Review: Para One, along with Bobmo and Surkin, formed Marble following the sad demise of the much-loved French electro label Institubes. In the new label's brief history, they have gained attention for releasing some pretty eccentric and uncompromising music, not least this new single. Unlike like his more aggressive recent releases, "Kiwi" is a melancholic epic driven by an incessant, melodic guitar riff and heart-tugging Italo-disco synths. Tony Senghore provides a tropical-rave explosion of a remix, while Noob opts for a more trancey tech-house route. Also included is the quirky "Toadstool" which really shines in the jackin' (tech) house of Jesse Rose's dub.
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14 May 12
Played by: The Captain
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26 Sep 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Having birthed absolutely classic singles such as "Next of Kin" or "Hoes Get Down" as part of High Powered Boys, we're thrilled at the recent news that French producer Surkin is finally going to be releasing an album entitled "USA" in early November. As a taster single, "Ultra Light" sounds pretty damn strong - a huge mix of jumbled rave piano chords a la Orbital that get swept up by a huge yet simple beat after an epic intro. The crunky bass-bin threat of "Orbital Motorway" is also included on the single, as well as a "Voodoo Mix" that further pays homage to the kings of early '90s rave thanks to some added twisted leads. Roll on the album.
07 Nov 11
Played by: Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit)
16 Apr 12
23 Jul 12
Review: It's USA's third outing and if you didn't pick up on it last year when it was first released, or check out the club version - loaded with remixes from the likes of Strip Steve, Feadz, A Track and Jackson & His Computer Band - now's the time get busy as this comprises the best of both previous versions. In case you've stumbled on this for the first time, Surkin's emphatic rave-touched synth style is a refreshing twist on the conventional French sound. Tipping nods at 80s, electro, disco and early hardcore, his energy and quirky use of samples is utterly distinctive. You want some highlights? Fans of the uncompromising uptempo variety of banger should head to the synth-tom soaked "Quattro", fans of brain-melting spine-tingles should sample the devastatingly euphoric "White Knight Two" while fans of classic electro vibes should get on top of Djedjotronic & Noob's vocoder-rinsing remix of "Love Shot".
16 Apr 12
Played by: Iamseife