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09 Sep 12
Review: Otherwise known as Rob McAndrews, former James Blake collaborator Airhead is fast becoming one of the most interesting producers on the R&S roster since Blake's movement to more mainstream concerns. Taking a more explicitly rhythmic direction than previous release which concentrated on lush acoustic textures, "Pyramid Lake" combines rapidfire percussion, breathy vocal samples and lo-fi VHS textures to create the most unlikely club banger you'll hear this year. "Black Ink" meanwhile sounds like a maelstrom of kickdrums tumbling up and down a rubber staircase with stray hi-hats and handclaps thrown into the mix. Undeniably one of the best R&S cuts this year.
25 Mar 12
Review: The collaborator of choice for James Blake, Airhead has been wisely taking his time to develop on his own terms, sticking largely to his preferred stable at Brainmath to release his unique brand of utterly decayed 21st century beat music. Now though he steps up to R&S with a delicate 2-tracker that sees his burgeoning sound get a touch more full-bodied. "Wait" highlights the man's guitar talents, letting languid notes ring out over a typically deconstructed beat. "South Congress" however echoes Art of Noise and other such elegant experimentalists in its bombastic composition. Highly recommended.
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14 Mar 11
Played by: Paul Mac, Andy H, Gigi D'amico, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Techno, Mirko S., Posthuman, Marble Players, Toronto Is Broken (Sub Slayers)
Review: Amidst all the rightfully celebrated contributions to the R&S revival from James Blake and Space Dimension Controller last year, the punishing dancefloor update of the label's sonic template from Hemlock boss Untold was sort of passed by. Hailing from Barnsley, Blawan becomes the latest rising talent to appear on the iconic Belgian imprint, and takes his cue from Jack Dunning, fully embracing the 303 sound that characterised the label in its pomp and delivering three thrilling tracks that further demonstrate the budding potential shown on his Hessle Audio debut. Lead track "Bohla" sets the tone, crafting a menacing rhythmic swing from a titular growl and smudged bass drums, with intermittent upwards swirls of 303 constantly building and dropping off. "Kaz" proves to be brilliantly schizophrenic in its approach, with intricate drum rhythms cascading around whilst acid lines twist in ten different directions across almost seven freakout-inducing minutes. What really impresses with Blawan is an innate talent for unique rhythms and it's most apparent on the abrasive delight of "Lavender", with rattling percussion covered in a thick viscous bassline truffle shuffle.
25 Sep 11
Played by: John Rowe, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Techno, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Mirko S., Moody B, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Kry Wolf, Breakbeat.is, West Norwood Cassette Library, Snuff Crew, Villa Savoye, Jesse Somfay
Review: The latest set of dancefloor weaponry to be culled from Blawan's seemingly bottomless arsenal arrives after the requisite months of Rinse FM teasing and subsequent YouTube exposure. The familiar strains of Black Mahogani's iconic boss are shredded to bits in the Blawan blender, ensuring "What You Do With What You Have" sits worlds apart from recent tracks that have plundered similar territory. A truly incendiary concoction of gnarled out acid lines and cavernous techno stabs, it's the constant rhythmic switching between the two over a trademark thumping drum flex that impresses. By the time the runout groove is in sight, KDJ sounds knackered, which is entirely understandable. "Vibe Decorum" comes poised with equal potency, wrapping a stretched vocal hook around growing layers of drum to snapping point before letting slack and dropping into the main thrust. From here, there are countless dizzying rhythmic swerves urged on by the oddest of numb sounding vocal intonations - such is the intricate nature and detail of his production, it's hard to work out exactly how Blawan conjures up these tracks but long may he continue to do so!
31 Jan 12
Review: R&S Records warm up on what should be another fruitful year with the first full release from recent addition Bullion, and what a revelation it is! There's always been a craft and ingenuity to whatever the London producer has released, be it that Beach Boys meets Dilla debut or the stunningly inventive and psychedelic almost-album for Young Turks, but Say Arr Ee fully reveal's Bullion's new found confidence in his singing voice. This addition to Bullion's arsenal was first revealed on "Ralph", his contribution to the R&S compilation IOTDXI, and is explored fully on the two tracks here. On the title track Bullion chooses to mask it amidst a typically sumptuous pop arrangement built around oven warm synths, it is however overshadowed by "What Does She Know", which combines Bullion's undeniable craft for hazy electronic psychedelia with an actual song and deserves to be appreciated on a level equal to sometime label mate James Blake.
04 Sep 11
Review: Having previously impressed the likes of Gilles Peterson and James Blake with their unique live show, experimental duo Cloud Boat pop up on R&S with an impressive debut single. "Lions On The Beach" inhabits the same musical space as, say, Mount Kimbie or Sepalcure, fusing off-kilter dancefloor rhythms with intoxicating atmospherics and the sort of beautiful but unlikely noises (echo-laden slide guitar, distant vocal wails, subtle piano chords etc) that mark out the work of many bass music experimentalists. It's magnificent, but if anything B-Side "Bastion" - a beguiling downtempo concoction just dripping with raw emotion - is even better. As debuts go, this is pretty special.
21 Sep 09
Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson's All This Has Happened Before Beatless version) - (8:49) 115 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Techno
06 Apr 08
Played by: Loin Brothers
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Review: Manchester 4 piece electronic pop act Egyptian Hip Hop may not seem like the most obvious outfit to arrive on R&S, but their hazy vocal electronica has much in common with recent R&S family Bullion and Vondelpark. Although the low-key opener "Tobago" and "Yoro Diallo", with their math-rock precision and understated vocals suggest Good Don't Sleep to be a more abstract experience, tracks like "The White Falls" and "Strange Vale" show them to be capable of crafting pop songs with a classic structure but with the kind of charmingly wonky quality of a band like Metronomy.
12 Aug 12
Review: With just a pair of low-key releases to their name thus far, Egyptian Hip Hop step up to the ever-steady R&S with this powerful synth-pop track which should find a mass crossover appeal. There's no doubt the Wolf + Lamb crew will be swooning over the impeccable 80s stylings, but in truth the British band pull off the feat with far more conviction than most of their analogue machine mining peers. It's all in the delicate delivery which captures the kind of fragility that made some of the original synth pop so arresting, from considered arpeggios to tender pads and underpinned by distant, gated drums.
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31 May 10
Played by: Ben Gomori, Souled (Fresh Minute Music), Makoto, Chris Coco, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mary Ann Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Resident Advisor, Groove Magazine, N-Type, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Skint Records, Mixcloud, Concrete Jungle, Liz-E, Soaka
Review: Only 21years old, yet already bearing his own singular sound and style, James Blake is clearly destined for greatness if this EP is anything to go by. A singer and producer, he's already delighted fans under his Harmonimix alias with his cover of Destiny Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and now takes his futuristic vision of R&B further, sampling old Kelis and Aaliyah tunes on the title track, mangling them beautifully. Reverbed and pitch-shifted, the vocals sit over a melancholy and glitchy beat. "Footnotes" uses vocoders with style and builds over time while "I'll Stay" brings out the samples again and chops them in an amazingly robotic fashion. This is very special stuff and despite a penchant for all things 90s R&B it still sounds vitally fresh.
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11 Dec 11
Review: Having spent most of the year pushing the fragile downtempo sounds of his maudlin debut album, James Blake makes a belated return to the dancefloor with a three-tracker for R&S. "Love What Happened Here", the lead cut, is his most floor-friendly concoction since "CMYK". Most importantly, its got some real funk, wrapping his usual mutated vocals and hymn-like melodic motifs around thrilling space funk synths and skittering beats. "At Birth" is a touch more mournful, but cuts through the pianos and fuzzy vocal samples with a solid 4/4 pulse. An excellent EP is completed by "Curbside", a sleazy old skool hip-hop instrumental given Blake's usual twist. Impeccable.
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Played by: Mixmaster Morris
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Played by: Eevonext
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Played by: Darkmode
14 Aug 11
Review: Riding high after getting snapped up to remix Mount Kimbie, Klaus' arrival on R&S with an EP proper bolsters the notion of a discernable movement containing the aforementioned Kimbie, James Blake and Airhead, all ploughing a furrow of dubstep-informed experimentalism. As with those other beatsmiths, the music is sparse and tonal rather than hitting in any kind of direct way. It's deep, intricately crafted and intensely pleasant to listen to - yet another wonderkid snapped up by R&S 2.0.
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01 Apr 12
Played by: Ursa Major, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Techno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Turntable Actor Chloroform, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Canu
Review: R&S Records gift us a rather fine prelude to Galaxy Garden, Lone's forthcoming album, in the form of the resplendent rave of Crystal Caverns 1991. A true highlight of that set, "Crystal Caverns 1991" is reminiscent of the producer's former glory "Pineapple Crush", though there's a lot more rhythmic intricacy at play here. Kicking off a breakstep beat with those sweet but punchy 90s synths that Cutler is renowned for, the track cuts into a deadly rave motif without so much as a pause in the beat and it's like being back in, er, 1991. Up next, "Vulcan Mill Acid" is equally self explanatory, an alien 303 workout with added cowbell that slips into steel pan territory without any of the wetness of a Jammy xx production.
08 Apr 11
Played by: Peter Van Hoesen, Paul Mac, Alphabet City, Fish Go Deep, Shadow Dancer, Eddie Niguel Aka Edel, Dirt Crew, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Techno, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Kid Suda, Riley Reinhold, Kry Wolf, Junoplus
Review: Lone debuts on the R&S imprint with this six-track release that demonstrates a growing maturity in the new sound the Nottingham based producer unveiled on last winter's impressive Emerald Fantasy Tracks. Shy of that mini LP by only three tracks, the productions that form Echolocations tighten the focus to 90s Detroit and Chicago, though the distinctive melodic stabs that characterised EFT remain - something that's apparent as soon as the huge drop in "Coreshine Voodoo" arrives! Elsewhere "Dolphin" delights via the vast swathes of melodies that wash over the intricate layers of percussion that build and drop with expertise whilst "Approaching Rainbow" is perhaps Lone at his most rhythmically rigid, with mellow bursts of colour and texture arising from the rasping Strafe-esque drums.
06 May 12
Played by: Konnekt - Hot N Heavy