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29 Apr 13
Review: Rekids signal a change in focus after the raft of Nina Kraviz related remix releases and instead turn to a classic from the archives of label boss Matt 'Radioslave' Edwards for a pair of fresh remixes. It would be hard to find two more diverse remixers than Mr G and Prins Thomas, but both turn in superb reworks of the 2008 Radioslave bumper "Tantakatan". Mr G calls shotgun and his self styled Nighttime Dub is a wonderfully dirty analogue groover that takes Edwards' original production into notably darker territory with those deep dubby chord stabs overshadowed by rumbling bass. Naturally Prins Thomas takes a different approach, implementing an acoustic guitar to replay the stabs and using live drums for a loose, laid back groove. There's a notable dose of reverb and delay used throughout that lend this Diskomiks a real druggy feel.
01 Apr 13
Review: This release seems a number of classics from the Rekids vault get a re-release; both Radio Slave's latin infused house roller "NINA" and Runaway's seminal NY house bomb "Brooklyn Club Jam" feature with some classic remixes with Innervisions' Ame at the helm. Their take on "NINA" coats the original in a liberal splash of technicolour synths while maintaining that tribal house feel, while their remix of "Brooklyn Club Jam" (here in edited form courtesy of Gerd Janson and Lopazz) ups the hypnotic quality of the original whilst beefing it up considerably for the floor. Timeless stuff from Rekids.
04 Apr 13
08 Apr 13
Review: The Speicher series is Kompakt's version of the anonymous hand-stamped vinyl release, and this spin-off label will probably be there when people get sick of hand-stamped techno releases. However, this comparison is only half-way accurate as Speicher is also an outlet where alternative ideas and concepts come to fruition. Hickhack, a new collaborative project between Weichold and Namito, is all about hypnotic, underground grooves. It's audible on the trippy, chiming bells and tonal blips of "Hick", all of which unfold over a throbbing rhythm. "Hack" meanwhile, is more stripped back, and sees woodblock beats supporting a looped, cut-up disco sample.
15 Apr 13
13 May 13
Review: It sounds like Belgian DJ Ramon Tapia is moving into the mainstream, but he's doing it with style. While he has a background in minimal and deep house, this release for Skint marks a sea change. Gone are the pared back rhythms, replaced by eerie, shimmering synths and evocative bleeps that recall vintage LFO and Warp's bleep'n'bass releases, set to a slamming rhythm. Tapia also contributes a dub version that retains the old school elements but which turns up the bass to Hoover-like proportions and which adds some extra jacking pressure. Expect to hear Bass everywhere over the coming months.
21 May 13
Review: Oliver Ho's more minimally minded venture signs up for the Halocyan imprint with an EP that ably demonstrates the creative paths those that evolved from the maligned scene were able to adopt. There's still an air of restraint about "Last", with its sparing use of drums where repeated synth phrases will suffice, and it makes the hat all the more exciting when it comes in as an afterthought at the end of the bar. "Dumb" is more aggressive in its demeanour, not least because of the abrasions afforded by the lead synth, while the drums clang out an industrial march of doom. Al Tourettes and Appleblim bring their shared vision to "Last", working that poised bassline into a snappy and finely garnished groove of garage mutation. Steve Moore takes "Dumb" and fits it to an urgent kick, piling on some trademark soundtrack synths that add the perfect amount of tension to the track.