Magpie Music (feat 2econd Class Citizen) - (11:18) 92 BPM
A Trick Of The Ear (album edit) - (9:02) 140 BPM
Colours Beyond Colours - (2:53) 136 BPM
The first DJ Food album in 11 years, and a welcome return to Ninja Tune institution Strictly Kev on this freaked and brilliant album. Rough and deliberately scattershot, it aims to create the sonics of psychedelic rock but using samples - a method that pays off gloriously on tracks like "All Covered In Darkness (Part 1)" and "The Illectrik Hoax" - and with the trademark use of obscure spoken-word samples, there's also a pseudo-narrative thread that runs throughout the twelve tracks. A rare guest spot from The The's Matt Johnson sees the singer on fine form on the double-bass driven "Giant", while other vocal contributors include JG Thirlwell, Natural Self and 2econd Class Citizen. An ace album from a producer making his transition to the digital age as engaging as possible
As long serving standard bearers for the drum and bass scene in the Netherlands, the Fokuz label have always carried that touch of quality that sets them apart. On Fokuz & Friends Vol 1 they dig into the archives and draw for an overtly liquid influenced selection with the likes of Eveson, Random Movement and Basic Operations all making contributions. The standouts here are from Icicle & Switch who offer up the surprisingly soulful "These Golden Days" from 2007 and Lenzman & Submorphics' terrific "Respiration", a reminder of the true sound of musical D&B.