Dope On Plastic (feat Raashan Ahmad) - (3:53) 117 BPM
Skit Twister - (0:50) 117 BPM
Soundshake - (3:27) 116 BPM
Theme Of Trevor & Lisa - (4:02) 115 BPM
My Friend (feat Jehro) - (4:32) 96 BPM
Time - (1:28) 70 BPM
Soul Clap (feat Rita J) - (4:26) 115 BPM
Tango Hustle - (4:56) 123 BPM
Until Vibes - (0:59) 76 BPM
Dance To The Drummer's Beat (feat The Real Fake MC) - (3:54) 122 BPM
Get Off - (3:44) 128 BPM
Review: Nope, not a Mike Leigh film about a council estate couple, Trevor & Lisa are in fact a Parisian Funk trio comprising Sebastien Despicht, Mikael Prignot and Stephane Ugolini. Dedicated to the art of live performance, these guys have rinsed the French gig circuit and their resulting musical dexterity has now manifested itself in this debut album. It's a rollicking good listen with standouts including the breaky "Night Of The Wolf", the electro-boogie of "Soundshake" and the spacey, voicebox-led experience that is "Time".
Review: This release marks two important returns - that of both the High & Fly label and the jazz funk band Trevor & Lisa. They may sound like an early couple of characters in Eastenders, but this Parisian outfit are chic as you like. "LA Nights" is a vintage West Coast g-funk jam with Roger Troutman vibes a plenty. "Breaks Droppin'" is a smooth, melancholic slice of Balearic soul and "The Battle" is a sassy 70s Latin-disco-rock explosion. Guaranteed to blow your mind.
Review: Hayes is a new techno label to emerge from Portugal, and for its second release gathers together some new talent. First up is -2 with "Scherzo", a dense, rolling groove led by dramatic chord surges. It's understated, but its kicks rumble away in the background like distant thunder. Temudo, who has released on Planet Rhythm and Labrynth, delivers deeper, hypnotic, loops of "A2", while on Osse's "Quantum Mechanics", a forbidding future is mapped out through the use of spiky, insistent rhythms and tonal sequences transmitted from outer space. Rounding off this exemplar release is VIL's "Metafora", where claustrophobic drums and clattering percussion prevail.
Review: -2 was last seen providing a hard edged contribution to a split release on Hayes, and the producer's mood hasn't changed much here. "TL1" is a dense, panel-beating banger that cruises close to the 140bpm mark. "TL2" revolves around a similar tempo, but the arrangement is more spacious and the rhythm more streamlined, while the use of atmospheric synths lends it a somewhat esoteric edge. There are no such concessions on "TL3", -2's collaboration with VIL, which revolves around a vicious, predatory bass, while on "TL4", -2 moves closer to the high-paced minimalism of producers like Jeff Mills and Surgeon.