Two of Nathan Fake’s “personal favourite young British electronica upstarts” will remix the lead track from his third album for a forthcoming 10″ release on Border Community.
Magic Wire – the imprint run by technicolour R&S producer Lone – have announced details of the debut release from Kommune1.
One of the more prolific artists in these times, Matt Cutler is back with his fifth album, which is an impressive feat in just five years of releasing music. It’s also worth noting that at this stage, he’s only released one more EP than he has long-players. Lone isn’t a project that seems to demand a full-length release in which to spread itself; the tracks tend to be self-contained nuggets simply bound together by a stylistic consistency rather than some lofty thematic notion.
Compared to the voluminous rate at which some labels proffer forth their wares (not least in the age of digital-only singles and the like), in five years Dekmantel haven’t over-done it by any stretch of the imagination. Before this celebratory series commenced with the first instalment from Juju & Jordash and Morphosis, just eight releases had borne the Amsterdam-based label’s particular brand of woozy, organic house music.
This week marks the entry of Lone – real name Matt Cutler – into the R&S hall of fame. He’s the latest in a growing line of young British producers to release on the venerable Belgian imprint in its second incarnation, and the six-track Ehoclocations EP continues where the producer left off on 2010′s excellent mini-album Emerald Fantasy Tracks, and before that, “Pineapple Crush”.
The EP sees Lone’s gaze drift towards 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. It’s all quite enchanting.
To celebrate the release we contacted Lone – who was proudly sporting an Aphex Twin t-shirt during his performance at last month’s Bloc festival – and asked him to list his five favourite R&S releases of all time. Unsurprisingly the work of Richard D James features, as does the Golden Girls classic “Kinetic”, which Cutler recently remixed, alongside some old school techno and IDM.
Last year Juno Plus were not alone in dedicating plenty of words of praise to Nottingham based producer Lone aka Matt Cutler, with his track “Pineapple Crush” nestled snugly at No 4 in our top 50 tracks of 2010 and the office stereo approaching burn thanks to repeated plays of Emerald Fantasy Tracks, his stunning mini album which was released last month.
After a week in which we’ve cast fond glances back at our favourite labels, albums and more besides from the past 12 months, now is time for the pièce de résistance – our top 50 tracks of 2010. From sprawling disco chuggers delivered in one take to brooding techno, boundary pushing future bass and killer throwback house primed for sweaty dancefloors, there’s been something to suit everyone’s musical palette.
The collection you see before you are the 50 tracks that have soundtracked the past year at Juno Plus, and considering the site launched in late 2009 this serves as a neat little snapshot of where we are at. Our small team of contributors have all had a say, with the final list assembled through the kind of open, democratic process that would make Sepp Blatter blush. Some of the tracks included are obvious selections that will populate many a ‘best of’ list – and rightly so – but we’ve also taken time to include some of the less heralded but equally awesome tracks from 2010. Drum roll please…