In the year since his first release for Somethink Sounds, Eliphino has seen his profile continue to rise, with releases on Hoya:Hoya and Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings under his belt. This EP for Somethink Sounds is arguably his most potent statement yet, crossing genres with ease, and evoking the sounds of contemporaries such as FaltyDL. "More Than Me" is a UK funky-infused deep house groover with spectral vocals; in a similar vein is "No More" which utilises skipping percussion over warm sepia tones and UK garage style vocals, while the melancholic 2-step of "Devoted" combines its rich melodies and soulful vocal samples with the skill of Hotflush artists Sepalcure. Perhaps the best of the bunch is "I Played"; a dark roller with a growling sub bass sitting beneath its rattling rimshots, it sounds quite unlike the rest of the EP but adds some vibrant nighttime energy which contrasts quite nicely with the summery vibe of the rest of the EP.
An excellent debut from a new crew comprising Hyperdub/Lightworks funky house producer Ossie, as well as Paul Black and Orial. Bringing some lo-fi vocal soul to UKF, the trio announce themselves with three stark but huge tracks - the shimmering and jacking title-tune, the mesmerising Detroit waves of "Nobody Knows" and the warped house of "Messing Around" - complete with background studio chatter for extra trippyness. Ossie's own mix of "Back Of My Car" is also included, and makes for an intense astral hardcore makeover that rounds off this enormously impressive introduction.
Continuing to bring serious crossover heat to Somethinksounds, Eliphino is pulling no punches on his latest emission for the fledgling label. "Vrybdy" rides on a chunky, swaggering stomp that's just broken enough to move beyond being straight house music, while the samples come looping in with a barrel-load of hip-hop attitude. It's a thoroughly functional belter that will slot ably in between all manner of contemporary electronics. "Don't Make Sense" meanwhile gets all raggamuffin in its disposition, busting out the soca break and some cheeky MC licks for a steaming slice of summertime rowdiness.
Bwana is a young Canadian currently residing in Leeds. It's evident from the two bass-influenced tracks contained here that this producer has clearly absorbed the sound of the UK into his system; "Baby Let Me Finish" is a venture in to deep tropical territory with building percussive beats built around a multi-pitched R&B vocal sample. "Nami Swan" goes deeper again: interweaving clap-heavy beats with a dreamy organ and swirling pads. Black Orange Juice add a whole new vocal for their electro-soul tinged remix of the title track, while The 14th provides a killer retro-house mix recalling the good old days of Nightcrawlers.
Baby Prince is the latest incarnation of Brooklyn's purveyor of slow 'n' sexy disco jams, Gadi Mizrahi. Having already released alongside the likes of Nicolas Jaar on Double Standards, you can imagine what to expect: deep, smoky late night grooves. Title track "Nobody" combines raw, mid 80s electro-beats with beautiful, melancholic synths. Miguel Campbell replaces those drums with 4/4 disco clap-alongs for his perkier remix, while Lucky Paul goes widescreen with dubbed-out well, everything on his dreamy mix. "Demon Spawn" is murky and warped arpeggiated disco and possibly best of all, "He Doesn't Say It To Me" is haunting and creepy body music of the best kind.
Having already delivered some attention-grabbing techy UKF bombs on Deadplate and Rebirth, Bristol's Ryan Bronfield now finds himself on esteemed imprint Some Think Sounds. In keeping with the label's style, "The Way It Do" is housier: deep and sensual without being boring, and full of quirky, off kilter percussive elements and effects. "We Trapped" is deeper and weirder: sounding like the wheels could fall off this disco bus at anytime, and all the more fun because of it. Damu also remixes the title track in a dark techno fashion that wouldn't be out of place in a vintage DJ Hell set.
A Russian living in London, Lokiboi, has clearly absorbed the cities underground dance history and sound (we'd put money on him being a fan of those 'Back To 95' warehouse parties). Not to put too fine a point on it, this guy really loves 90s garage and house. This is evident here on what is his biggest release to date: the latter prevails in the deep and tribal title track and in the campy New York-iness of "Love Saves The Day". Elsewhere it's all about deep, often melancholic London-centric retro garage. Back to '13!
Rising garage producer EVM128 has made a few small splashes with an EP for Meltdown Music and an appearance on the Boiler Room, but this could well be the release that busts him out onto the wider radar. The lead track "Make Me Feel" has everything needed to make a crossover hit, from BB James' irresistible soulful croon to the snappy, hyper-modern production replete with clean chord stabs and snappy drums locked to a nagging groove. "Respect" delivers another impeccable slice of poppy 2-step, all flustered notes and grin-inducing vocal, and yet on a different tip to the title track. Meanwhile to back the release up the remixers come in big, from El B's classic swinging flair to Artifact's techy throwdown.
Eliphino - "I Just Can't" (Eliphino VIP edit) - (5:38)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Gang Colours remix) - (3:19)
Bwana - "Baby Let Me Finish" (Black Orange Juice remix) - (6:21)
Lokiboi - "Love Saves The Day" (feat Citizen - Lokiboi vs Citizen remix) - (6:48)
Black Orange Juice - "Back Of My Car" (Ossie remix) - (6:11)
EVM128 - "Make Me Feel" (feat BB James - El B nova remix) - (5:03)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Eliphino remix) - (6:46)
Baby Prince - "Demon Spawn" (feat Lucky Paul - Lonely C & Baby Prince remix) - (5:42)
EVM128 - "Make Me Feel" (feat BB James - Artifact remix) - (6:17)
Lucky Paul - "Elephant Island" (feat Mara TK - Midland remix) - (6:53)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Gadi Mizrahi & Eli Gold money vs gold remix) - (6:02)
Baby Prince - "Nobody" (feat Lonely C - Miguel Campbell club mix) - (6:54)
Deep down don't we all wish for an analogue love? Warm, fuzzy, and a little bit unpredictable. Thankfully Berlin's Some Think Sounds are on hand to wrap us in their big arms and administer plenty of the above courtesy of a host of the label's many (remixed) highlights including Gang Colours' abstract glitch-step remix of Lucky Paul, Ossie's clicky rave-funk rework of "Back Of My Car", the tragic new romanticism of "Thought We Were Alone" and the show stopping, next-level, future disco of "Demon Spawn". A truly essential collection.
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