Tony Poland speaks to Bake, a rising DJ and one third of the All Caps collective who are making great strides to maintain Glasgow’s rich techno heritage.
Alex Coulton’s next single will arrive on the 92 Points label with remixes from Tessela and Beneath – stream previews here.
If you’ve been following the production trajectory of Theo Parrish over the past six months then you’ll have become accustomed to expect some outlandish, unpredictable releases from the Sound Signature main man. Still though, few would have seen this coming. Central to the DNA of “Any Other Styles” is a cornucopia of FX dredged up from arcade beat-em up moves and crudely nudged to fit an abstractive, thick set beat pattern that bucks angrily with a frenetic nature that’s beyond unpredictable. It’s the strangest Theo record we’ve heard in some time, but when any number of people are treading shallow waters in the name of contemporary deep house, don’t we need some people to not even consider “the box” when it comes to approaching music?
There’s no doubt the high-grade electronic music coming out of Manchester at the moment isn’t getting the love it deserves. Interestingly, at a time when Bristol is enjoying plenty of attention for its dubstep-cum-house output, Idle Hands has been subtly forging links with leading exponents of Northern beats; namely Szare and AnD. Both those releases, and this new effort from fresh face Alex Coulton make complete sense in the sequencing of the label, functioning around a house music ethic but not being constrained by it.