Have a word son! DLR's 'Sofa King Sick' series continues with another breath-taking collection of thumpers, bumpers and grumpers from an outstanding roll-call of talents. 14 cuts in total, highlights include the creepy tension of Industry's 'Chronic', Sweetpea's classic stepper 'Munka', the real stinky, swampy funk on DLR & Script's 'A Different Style', the stripped back drama and growling subtleties of Kyrist's 'Underfall' and the outstanding tear-up from Trex & Freddy B - 'Go Mad'. Fitting title for such a powerful display of leftfield D&B funk. Sick indeed.
Katakana Edits regular Morlack steps up to the plate for the latest in the series, bringing with him four reworkings of (at least semi-) forgotten gems from the boogie era. First to get the treatment is T-Connection's 'Groove City' from 1981, swiftly followed by Leon Haywood's 'If You're Lookin' For A Night Of Fun' from 1980. The source material for the other two cuts remains sadly unidentified but 'Musica Americana' has a Mexican or Latin American flava while 'Ready Ur Your Love' is another early 80s-sounding jam with a growling, almost Tom Jones-esque male vocal.
It's testament to Ben J Worrall's skill as a musician and producer that his soulful, jazzy deep house productions can be mentioned in the same breath as those by all-time-greats Larry Heard and Ron Trent. Yet unlike those producers, he's yet to deliver an album so good that it will be considered a true great. Until now, that is. Evergreen, his first set for Freerange, is simply sublime: an unapologetically soulful, life-affirming set that blends effortlessly brilliant vocals and jazz-funk inspired instrumentation (think incredible horn arrangements, smooth bass, twinkling keys and glistening guitars) with the luscious, often Latin-tinged deep house beats that have long been his calling card. If there's any justice, it will end of being regarded as one of the electronic albums of 2022.
Diynamic head honcho Solumun is back with some top tier remixes from his acclaimed long player of 2021 - Nobody Is Not Loved. This release features Pampa main man DJ Koze taking lead single "Ocean" (featuring vocals by the leading Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx) into deep, dark and dirty territory in his inimitable style as always, while British minimal house maestro Matthew Herbert serves up a real glassy-eyed and bittersweet rendition of "Prospect". Both remixes come with instrumental versions included.
Wehbba returns to Drumcode after his 2020 album for the label. With a focus on the dance floor, the title track is a real standout, thanks to the use of gurgling acid lines and a Marlon Brando vocal sample playing out against a relentless, driving rhythm. Wehbba deploys a similar approach on "Ataraxia" - based on tight drums and percussion, the arrangement unfolds to the sound of wave upon wave of soaring synths, eventually reaching a dramatic crescendo, It's no coincidence that Wehbba says that the track was inspired by spiritual enlightenment. In contrast, "Strange Dreamz" is a stripped back workout, with frazzled riffs and a wired vocal sample building and flowing over a raw groove.
Five years after his Tribute To Eddie 12" of remodelled disco heaters, Live Ones boss Lorca (AKA London-based producer Sam Crossman) is back with a couple of edits-not-edits inspired by all-round disco, boogie and early US garage legend Larry Levan. 'Larry's Bomb', a swirling, filter-sporting, MPC-driven cut-up of a vintage peak-time disco banger, opens the EP in fine style, with Lorca adding a few spoken word samples from documentaries exploring Levan's legacy in celebration of the Paradise Garage resident's immeasurable impact on underground dance music culture. He takes a similar approach on the slowly building - and undeniably far more bass-heavy - 'Look What You Do', throwing cowbells and hissing cymbals into the mix for extra percussive pressure.
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