An intriguing side-project of post-rock gods Trans Am, Publicist is the more electro-skewed work of drummer Sebastian Thomas. Having done solo shows alongside Joakim, ESG and Lindstrom, this new release sees Thomas in rude health as he creates a cosmic-vocoder voyage in the form of "Hardwork", which comes with a stunning acid rerub from Walker & Royce. "I Won't" mines a more synth-funk sound, satisfyingly fusing '80s boogie with more Terje-styled production, while the "galactic classics" dub of the same song is a must have for fans of DFA.
Since dropping his debut single in 2007, Eli Escobar has proved himself adept at changing with the times. His inspirations may change - from house to disco and back again - but his insouciant attitude remains the same. "Work It" is undoubtedly a fun record. The title track captures the spirit of hip-house and uses it as inspiration on a fearlessly cheeky cut that sits somewhere between nu-disco and shiny electronic house. Vocal cut "I Believe" goes even bigger and shinier, turning into a techno-tempo nu-disco workout with all manner of layered synths. "KOD", meanwhile, sounds like a nu-disco producer's take on classic Masters At Work - all bumpin' grooves, twinkling synths and impeccably soulful vocals.
Jogyo's raucous blend of global bashment first came our way in 2011 and wooed crowds instantly with its uncompromising dancehall rhythm, aggy lyrics and a classic sample from Nas's "Oochie Bang". Now available in remix form, treat yourself to Eli Escobar's deep bass and acid flex, Whatever Whatever's classic Chicago-tinted version or Wildlife!'s warped, freaky beat bass rub. Each one adds a refreshing perspective on an already interesting release.
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