Veteran DJ Format is as much loved by hip hop heads as he is by the likes of Gilles Peterson. In his time he's gone from b-boy breaks to making early electronica as one half of The Simonsound - and here he reveals yet another new inspiration: obscure '60s and '70s psyche. There are 13 rare cuts from across the globe, all of which are both educational and mind expanding. Highlights include 49th Blue Streak's utterly vicious, fuzzed-out cover of "Foxy Lady", the slinky, organ led "Tyden V Elektrickem Meste" by Flamego and the orgiastic percussive grooves of Pro Art "Stari Dvotac". Far out!
It's been some three years since Phil Mison last graced the world with some original material as Cantoma, and fans will be glad to hear that the producer is preparing a third album for release in October. Some advance insight into how it will turn out is afforded with this EP release of lead single Alive that features the silky vocal talents of Bing Ji Ling. The crooning alter ego of fuzzy headed Phenomenal Handclap Band member Quinn Luke, Bing Ji Ling is the perfect vocal foil to Mison's guitar flecked arrangement which is bound to feature on many an upcoming Balearic compilation. Meanwhile Mison's Reverso 69 partner in crime Pete Herbert delivers a glistening discoid take on "Just Landed".