Review: Chris Roman aka 214 continues his long association with Frustrated Funk thanks to this fine serving of outer space electro. "Growing Old Together" resounds to a resonating, acid-heavy bass and ghostly synths, with 214 moving towards the space occupied by ERP. "Last Dance" is denser, with Roman delivering a murky rhythm that resounds to dark tones and moody textures. Changing tact once again, "Dislocated" puts a focus on bleak, high-paced rhythms and moody bass tones, while on "Voice Check", he reverts to the atmospheric sound of "Growing Old Together", this time with a more reflective approach.
Review: You shouldn't like things because people tell you're supposed to... But in the case of 6Blocc's two-part homage to one of the best TV shows to be made in the last 10 years we suspect you'll love it. If you know Blocc's MO, you'll already have this in your cart: a deep dig into the series haunted 80s sonic aesthetic weaved together with stacks of jungle motifs and mischief. No stone left unturned; cuts such as "Get Out" hit with deep dungeon finesse while others such as "Mindflayer" go straight for the soul with lavish pads and overwhelming amounts of emotion and others like "Portal" taps back into the original rave foundation that set the framework for everything we love today. 6Blocc smashes it again.
Review: Following releases on his own Lyssna Records and labels like Banoffee Pies, Adam Str?mstedt debuts on the long-running Kann imprint. The title track is a stripped back slice of deep house, with all of the wide-eyed innocence of early Lawrence releases. On "Kogarah" Str?mstedt ups the tempo but not the intensity, as a stripped back, rhythm supports a rubbery bass, building, filtered synths and a stream of consciousness vocal narrative. "Taronga" sees him change focus once again, with mid-tempo break beats rolling under waves of greyscale sound. All of these various strands combine to make for an effortlessly moody EP.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings are a regular presence on these pages, their music is precise and damaging and they're back this week with a single from Agro. Timbuk 4 is a two-tracker that relies on its wavey concoctions of low-frequency movement to impress, with hard percussive knocks resting nicely underneath. 'Fair Trade' is the B-side and probably our favourite, with Chats MC doing some serious work over a very creative back end. Lovely stuff.
Review: We love to receive new dubstep releases here at JunoDownload, especially given the current quality levels of the more steppers-side of the genre. This latest drop from Silent Motion pays homage to that as Alienmade lands with a heavyweight four track selection, kicking off with the irresistible sub pressures of the title track 'No Fks Given' and spooky textures of 'We Are Coming' close behind. Next up, Kodama joins the party on the distorted bass shifts of 'Sound Business', before 3WA gets involved on remix duy, refixing this one into a more intense, high energy roller. Excellent work!
Review: Sometimes the road gets too rough. Sometimes you just have to slap a senior member in your family due to the high levels of gully coming into your ears. Whatever you do when things get too stinky, however you deal with the body-blowing pressure of absolutely foul tracks, we know you're going to do it to this new EP from Perez who is on such a roll right now it's crazy. Following his dubstep EP "Last Rites" comes this awesome back-to-dnb-grit session. "Trinity" is just utter high voltage darkness, "Phantonym" takes things even deeper with some proper gruesome bass bubbles while "SWRV" takes us back to Alix's soulful side and "Vibrations" plays the perfect game of contrasts and shade. What an EP.
Review: When it comes to releasing original dubstep, there are few who boast such a forward thinking catalogue as the Macabre Unit imprint, continuing that trend here as they invite Ammon-Ra in for five tracks of pure heat. We kick off with a look at the title track 'Shamanism', a writhing, gnarly beast, patterned with super clean drum sampling and a real punchy feel. This is then chased up by the trap-like tones of 'Way Back When', the big room emotive synthesizers of 'Gaia' and ferocious feels of 'Fire Blazing'. We then finish up with the hard hitting basslines and crunchy percussion of 'Afterlife', again showcasing the Macabre talent for finding real original heaters.
Cody Currie & Joel Holmes - "As Of Yet" - (5:08) 127 BPM
Pontchartrain - "Don't Change It Up" - (5:45) 119 BPM
Goddard (UK) - "Almasti" - (6:25) 122 BPM
Review: With such a star-studded line-up of old and new talent involved, it's little surprise to find that De La Groove's latest multi-artist EP is seriously good. Check first the breezy and soulful US garage revivalism of Art of Tones' impeccable "So Sweet", before turning to the slightly more UK garage influenced "A Quiet Love" by Scott Diaz, a track that somehow manages to be both deliciously bouncy and seductively soulful. Elsewhere, Cody Currie's "As of Yet (featuring Joel Holmes)" is a vibraphone and Rhodes-heavy chunk of deep house dreaminess, Pontchartrain's "Don't Change Up" is a loopy slab of bespoke disco-house and Goddard's "Almasti" sounds like a nu-disco era riff on Pepe Bradock deep house classic "Deep Burnt".
Review: Leeds legends Audiojack return to Josh Butler's ORIGINS RCRDS to deliver some riveting new material, after a slew of top releases for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations and Knee Deep In Sound over recent years - not to mention running their own well respected Gruuv label. They deliver two tracks, with "No More" kicking off proceedings with its soulful Detroit inspired vibe, not limited to an epic and emotive chord progression that has to be heard. This is followed up by the high-octane adrenaliser that is "On The Run". This proves that the duo are still true experts of rocking the main room at peak time - slinky and hypnotic UK tech-house at its best.
Kevin Di Serna - "Lucero Del Alma" - (6:50) 120 BPM
Review: Here is the third installment of Watergate Affairs, after a long break and as always focusing on emerging talent. Danish duo Baime contribute the hypnotic journey into the exotic that is "Majka", Tel Aviv's Kadosh returns to the label after featuring on the Adana Twins' 'Watergate 25' compilation last year. His track is the seductive "Better Days" - a dreamy and evocative composition that you could imagine Lee Burridge playing on a sunny rooftop, while Argentinian Kintar provides some moody dancefloor drama on the riveting "Paradisou". Another Argentinian producer appears in the form of Kevin Di Serna with "Lucero Del Alma" which continues on with those heartfelt and glassy-eyed narratives for the dancefloor.
Review: Bare Up, bare stinkage: Rampage-affiliate Bare Up unleashes his biggest tune to date in the form of "Ask Somebody". Obese in width and weight, full focus is squared plainly on the hooky riff that mutates and melts before your very ears before turning into a dramatic key-stroking riot on the breakdown and a cheeky twist on the second drop. Immense... If you're getting a bit of foghorn fatigue right now, this is the perfect tonic. You better ask somebody!
Review: This is an absolutely wicked release. You know those EPs which perfectly tread the line between playfulness and gullyness? This is one of them, a release which is a breath of fresh air whilst still managing to pack a recognisable punch. The title tune is our favourite, with a lusciously funky main piano line that stretches out over the drums, intermingling with the vocal sample and resting above the bassline in purely satisfying fashion. 'Bend Back' takes things in a harder direction, with stuttering jungle stammers and a wonky bassline that wobbles around like a pig in mud. Banging bit of work, this.
Review: Beat Merchants the name; soothing's the game... Conrad, Juiceman and Jubbz' project returns with another bounty of soulful bliss. Two originals, two remixes: the agenda is set by the simple understate soul of "Lockdown" with stripped back pianos, horns and some beautiful vocal pairing throughout while "Believe" takes us to the furthest of far-sides with a blissful (and well-loved) guitar lick, an elasticated double bassline and sharp bars. Elsewhere Command Strange flips "Hurricane" into more of a barbed beast while L Side turbo charges the title track with consummate soul. Keep this on lockdown...
Review: Toy Tonics regular Black Loops (real name Riccardo Paffetti) comes to Catz N' Dogz' label Pets Recordings with a four-tracker operating in that band of the musical spectrum where deep house and garage collide. The opening title cut is a sparse affair, essentially deep house in nature but with steppy, garage-y beats and vocal bites that sound suspiciously MC Neat-ish. 'Unity' is more heads-down with slamming, almost techno-style kicks and otherworldly synths, 'Keep A Secret' has the bumpin' feel of classic west coast deepness and finally 'Born In The 80s' is a pacier cut with more of those freaky-deeky synth sounds.
Review: A few years ago, International Feel Recordings treated us to a handful of inspired 12" singles by Black Spuma, a collaborative project helmed by Fabrizio Mammarella and Phillip Lauer. Here the duo returns - this time on Bristol's Futureboogie Recordings - with a first new single in two years. Title track "Crunch Level" is nowhere near as "retro-Balearic" as their previous work, instead offering a mind-altering blend of ghostly vintage synthesizer chords, robotic machine guns and foreboding, arpeggio style sequenced bass. It's the kind of thing we'd expect to hear if Alexander Robotnik and John Carpenter got together in the studio. Elsewhere on the EP, "Agguato" is a funk-fuelled chunk of early '80s new wave/Italo-disco fusion, while "Adamantine" is like a "Behaviour"-era instrumental Pet Shop Boys B-side.
Review: Oh gosh! Bladerunner touches down with an epic six-track collection on his own Hi Resolution. Running his gully gamut from emotional to electrical to energetical, everything you could possibly need from a Bladerunner EP is right here... The subtle euphoria and piano-touched emotion of "All My Love", the total skin melting sizzles and bassline burns of "Intensity" and the techno-like insistency and dynamism of "Breathe" are just three of many highlights here.
Review: If you like huge, rambunctious drums then this release will almost certainly be up your street. The 'drums' in D&B come first for a reason and that's because they're the most essential element to any 170 track, with all the energy and momentum being carried in the percussion. Bomber Man knows this, clearly, because both sides to this single absolutely stomp in this area. Both 'Deuce Crew' and 'Chuck' pair these drums with gnarly stabs and gargled, twisted low frequencies and it works brilliantly. Proper stuff this.
Key Control (feat DJ Manny, DJ Tre & Poo) - (3:37) 80 BPM
Report To The Floor (feat DJ Hank) - (4:13) 80 BPM
Invention - (2:48) 107 BPM
Review: Footwork legend Boylan touches down for the first time on the Teklife imprint with some classic footwork goodness in a backpack full of original heaters, joined this time by a number of top quality collaborators. Firstly we witness the abstract vocal stretching and high pressure drum skips of 'Can't', before DJ Manny, DJ Tre & Poo join the ride on the super high energy drum switches and alarm like melodies of 'Key Control'. DJ Hank then gets involved with the big room synthesizer chimes and heavy 808 rolls of 'Report To The Floor' before we round up this very creative body of work the pinball melodies of 'Invention', putting the finishing touches on something very special indeed.
Review: Domenic Cappello's 2018 decision to hand a Seventh Sign label debut to young Scottish producer Bud Burroughs was undoubtedly a good one, with the resultant EP featuring some of the best Detroit-inspired techno, Ron Trent style deep house and club-ready electro around. Naturally this belated follow-up is equally as inspired, with Burroughs brilliantly flitting between spacey, electro-influenced proto-house ("Masks"), deep and melodic sci-fi house ("Alien Drum"), poignant and melancholic Motor City techno/ultra-deep house fusion (the mid-tempo shimmer of "161256") and languid deep space electro (killer closing cut "Oleano"). The most impressive thing about the EP isn't the high quality of all the tracks - that's a given - but the sheer depth and intricacy of Burroughs' electronic sounds.
Tell Me Why You Worry (feat Zongo Abongo) - (3:59) 140 BPM
Agbekor - (5:03) 135 BPM
Riffin' On The Bow - (4:00) 148 BPM
Me So Love Ya - (3:10) 123 BPM
Review: For this latest offering from Mawimbi, we welcome Burland who arrives on the scene ready for action with four super original creations, all rotating around a central funky theme. We kick off with a top notch collaboration with Zongo Abongo who layers his super authentic vocal flows over colourful percussive rhythms with some amazing results. Next up, 'Agbekor' lands with another bag of rhythmic power, driven by it's insistent grooves and sharp drum processing, before 'Riffin' On The Bow' picks up the pace with a quicker yet more minimal approach. Finally, Burland slows it right down with more fabulous vocal work and groovy, irresistible drum maneuvers on 'Me So Love Ya'.
Review: The nu-disco scene's premier scalpel-wielding wookee returns with a sixth selection of roaring reworks for Seamus Haaji's disco-house inspired Re-Loved label. The experienced editor hits the ground running in some style on "Let It Go", a bold, slightly loopy and undeniably low-slung affair that cleverly combines lifts from a familiar disco favourite with what sound like vocal samples from a completely different record. "Overhanging Love" is his driving, sweaty and life-affirming take on Diana Ross's most potent disco hit, while "Boogie Strut" turns a wedding disco favourite into a driving, bass-heavy chunk of disco-house heat. Finally, "Funktion" is an extra percussive chunk of late night dub disco heaviness that's by far and away the EP's standout moment.
Review: Dubstomp 2 Bass are the Birmingham based label that have one commitment and one commitment only: getting you out of your seat and onto the dancefloor. Chilly is their latest purveyor of pure heat and he's doing so over a two-tracker, the first of which is classic D2B: a gargling, subby bassline and unrelenting destruction in 170 form. 'Listen' is a tad more melodic but doesn't ease back on the weightiness, its big, soaring bass hits rising and falling all over the arrangement. Unreal.
Review: Everyone loves a soft, swelling liquid EP right? Right? Maybe not, but we certainly do and Chug's efforts over on Liquid Lab definitely fall into that category. We don't know who Fat Pauly is, but we thank him, as his EP is four cuts of flowing, ebbing musicality spread over 170bpm. 'Dare to Dream' is, as the title would suggest, absolutely dreamy, with a nicely long introduction that flips into a funky, upbeat piano number that smacks of Random Movement or Marky. Things get stripped back but no less funky on 'Best Foot Forward', with Perez type drums and a melancholic sense of ambience that rolls right the way through the tune. Excellent stuff, we highly recommend this release.
Review: Camargue is one of the techno classics from the 90s - a track that appealed to hardcore fans and UK techno geeks alike. So what happens when it gets remixed a quarter-century later? Maceo Plex turns in a drum-heavy, rolling take on the original, while the Keith Carnal take is a high-paced, pulsating workout. On his version, Enrico Sangiuliano chooses to drop a siren-led banger, while label owner Adam Beyer's collaborative remix with Layton Giordani has echoes of the 90s trance sound. Best of all though is Camargue co-creator The Advent's take, where he drops the original's unmistakable hook over a bruising techno rhythm.
Review: Despite keeping up a regular release schedule over the last decade and a half, Cole Medina has arguably struggled to match the majesty of his magical 2008 Bee Gees revision, "Cole Loves You Inside and Out" (a 12" single that now changes hands for silly money online). His latest EP comes close, though, thanks to the low-slung fusion of early 80s David Bowie grooves and Crystal Waters vocals that is "Gypsy Fashionsta", not to mention the ultra-percussive, Daft Punk-goes-mid-80s-jack insanity of "Neneh's Cherry". For those looking for something more tactile and Balearic, the glassy-eyed warmth of "Sun Flower (Cole vs Sensei)" should do the trick, while closing cut "The Rainforest Is Dead" is little less than a loved-up skip through blissful 80s synth-pop/Italian dream house pastures.
Review: As ever with Numbers, we embrace a wide collection of sounds and influences in this latest full length album project they have unveiled from Complete Walkthru entitled 'Scrolls', featuring 11 saucy original creations. From the more contemporary rhythmic ideas of 'Believe I Can Do This' and 'Lean In' to the soundscape lead themes of 'Leavin' Church Early', this one is dripping in colourful delights, oozing class from start to finish. For us there are a few clear highlights, with the soulful harmonics of 'Cardio' being an immediate standout, alongside the rolling drums of 'Getting Ridiculous' and stunning synthy landscapes of 'Just Like We Like It'.
Review: Well what a treat we have for you all here as we see Conducta, Notion and Sammy Virji, three of the biggest names in UK bass music, come together for a super exciting two tracker on Conducta's own Kiwi imprint. We start with a look at Conducta and Notion teaming up on 'Fez Mangal', a smoothly rolling garage original, dripping with sauce as luscious vocal lines and distant key melodies play out in sun-fueled thrill ride. On the flip, we see another super high profile collaboration as fan-favourite Sammy Virji gets in on the act on the flutey tones and groovy drum designs of 'Whippet'. Both tracks hold a serious contrast, yet balance each other out perfectly.
Review: Within the nu-disco scene there's been plenty of hype around Hot Digits' latest EP, a quietly impressive four-tracker from previously unheard producer Curtis Scott. If you listen to the clips, it's easy to work out why. Opener "Right Time" is a vibrant chunk of disco-boogie business rich in effects-laden liquid bass, glistening Chic style guitars and chant-along male vocals, while "AJ" is the kind of bass-heavy, pitched-down slow disco jam more associated with Mark E and Italian producer LTJ Xperience. Scott heads peak-time bound with the wonderfully tactile and groovy "Get Over" (a dub disco/deep house fusion affair built around samples from a France Joli classic) before reaching for the synths, sunglasses and glistening guitars on fine '80s revision "Rio Scandal".
Review: If you are looking for something very different, oozing class and musical prowess, then look no further than the latest helping from Brainfeeder, giving Daedelus the platform from which to perform an array of stunning original soundscapes. We have decided not to speak of individual recordings for this one, and rather than piece as a whole, as we are swept through the enormous breadth of electronic sound, from soaring, high end synthesizer harmonies to more digital, alarm-like tones ushering forward with a real sense of eeriness. This is a remarkable body of work that we highly recommend running on long play
Review: For the moment, Damian Lazarus has dispelled with his Ancient Moons collective. Instead, he's gone back into the studio alone and crafted some tracks tailor made for creating "moments in the dark". Lead cut "Moment" is a curious but undeniably quietly impressive affair, where fragile female vocals and gentle melodic elements weave in and out of relaxed tech-house drums and wobbly sub-bass. In contrast, "Diamond In The Dark" is largely beat-free: a tipsy chunk of psychedelic folk music laden with weird effects and trippy spoken word snippets. The package also contains a trio of tidy remixes, of which the standout is undoubtedly Satori's loose-limbed, broken-house revision of "Moment".
Review: Knekelhuis, one of the go-to labels for new wave and left of centre electronics, has been providing a platform for De Ambassade aka Pascal Pinkert for the past few years. Unsurprisingly then, the imprint is the perfect place for the act's debut album. Featuring the throbbing electro pop of "Zo Hoog Als De Bogen" and "Geen Genade", Duistre Kamers shows that Pinkert possesses true songwriting craft. It also demonstrates his ability to conjure up mysterious post-punk, audible on the wistful "Malefica" and, most impressively, to veer into eerie, Tropic of Cancer-style pop dirges, as the wonderfully moody "Verloren" shows.
Review: For those inspired by Diynamic Music's trademark brand of European tech-house/deep house fusion, the label's semi-regular "Four To The Floor" EPs are essential listening. Predictably, the latest volume - the 15th in total - is packed to the rafters with high-grade fare. Veteran producer Dino Lenny kicks things off with the arpeggio-driven dark room thrills of "I Lost Appetite" - all electronic bleeps, doom-laden chords and rolling drums - before Doctor Dru offers up the similarly pulsating, trance-inducing heaviness of "Kloeppel". The Organism's "Roast" is a fuzzy and forthright chunk of vaguely panicked electro-house, while Budakid's "1991" wraps moody chords and rushing lead lines around a snappy but tactile rhythm track.
Review: Nu-disco scene stalwart DJ EQ returned to action a couple of months back with one of his most robust and quietly impressive EPs to date. There's plenty to enjoy on this swift follow-up, which delivers a perfect balance between celebratory peak-time fare and warm-up ready slo-mo workouts. In the latter category you'll find the languid, sun-kissed synth-boogie goodness of "Oasis", the blissful, instrumental '80s soul seduction of "Chillin" and the "Nights Over Egypt" revisionism of "Siesta". For those looking for sweatier thrills, we'd suggest checking out the dizzying piano solos and thrusting boogie-house thrills of "Endless Summer" and the soothingly slick fusion of blue-eyed soul and disco-house that is "F.Y.L".
Review: As footwork and juke continue to grow in popularity and appeal, we are starting to see more and more established labels start to turn their head towards the genres to give them a real push. This latest Night Slugs release therefore sees DJ Phil do what he does best as we kick off with the emotive, hardcore rhythms of 'Can You Feel It', featuring Rashad. This is chased up by the drum-heavy punches of 'Break4Luv' alongside Manny, the spacey vocal harmonies of 'Vivid Dreams', the skippy break chops and clap slaps of 'F-Train' and high energy vocal layerings of 'Deeper Love' alongside Moondoctor. Manny then rejoins the party at its finale with some additional vocal work on 'See You Dance', rounding up everything nicely.
Review: R&S have a real history of bringing forward the weird and wonderful into the public eye, and it appears that this most recent link up with DJRUM is another perfect example of that brilliance as we sit tight for two stunning original creations. The high tempo drum shuffles and windy altitudes of the A-side 'Hard To Say' are something to behold, with pulsating chord clinks riding through the centre of the mix and crunchy transitions at every turn. On the flip side we take things down a bit more tropical road as we are greeted with rapid fire percussion and steel-drum like arpeggiator synths in 'Tournesol', providing a fantastic contrast across both the A & B sides.
Review: Dold aka Patrik Eriksson follows his 2018 debut on Blue Hour with this excellent follow-up. Drawing on the spirit and sound of 90s rave and hardcore, Eriksson delivers a four-tracker that's shot through with nostalgia. The title track and "Fallen Wings" see him drop rolling break beats - accompanied by euphoric vocal snatches on the former and ominous bass on the latter. Vocals are also audible on "Queen", but on that occasion, a wailing diva is matched up with a tracky techno undercurrent. Closing out this fine release from the Swedish artist is "Window", where atmospheric synths swirl over understated, slower breaks.
Review: Double Bubble here return for another fantastic offering, linking up with the legendary Breakbeat Paradise Recordings imprint, who continue to champion the future sounds of breaks on this incredible 2019 run. We kick off with the smooth horn riffs and vocal harmonies of the A-side 'Ridiculous', which is chased up in style by the more heavy hitting 4x4 drum marches and vocal call and response of 'Show Me'. We are also gifted a pair of absolutely top notch remixes for this one as we first hear Gramophone refix 'Ridiculous' with some funkadelic themes, before Rory Hoy brings out the breaksy power on his tasty overhaul of 'Show Me'.
Review: Down 2 Earth Muzik are without a doubt one of the strongest jump up labels around at the moment and their output is so damn consistent, with almost a new release every week. This week it's the turn of Dryman and Matzet and, despite this release only being a single track, it makes up for it in its sheer veracity. With crisp drums and a tumbling percussive line, 'No Respect' rolls out in style, hitting punches and stealing packed lunches left right and centre. Proper tune this - no messing around.
Review: The Broken District label has so far proved adept at offering-up warm, groovy and sun-kissed cuts that tend towards the Balearic end of the spectrum. They're at it again on "Brokenbits Volume 1", whose opening salvo - "Bubbels" by Duktus - sounds like Dam Funk after an afternoon kissing and cuddling in the Ibizan sun. Jeppe Woolmer injects a little early evening energy via the dusty, woozy and quietly jazzy deep house shuffle of "Infinitives", before Jus Jam invites us to "Escape From The Hood" via a slow-burn chunk of deep broken beat/Balearic house fusion. To round things off, SofaTalk offers up the warm deep house/jazz-funk fusion of ear-catching closing cut "A Sparkling Day".
Review: Ed:it is now on part two of his Silhouettes album series of EPs and this one is even better than the last, with four cuts that straddle rhythmic, stylistic and sub-genre boundaries. This man has such a rich sense of vibrancy to his productions and it really shines through here. From the soulful yet hip-hop 'Undertone' featuring Rider Shafique to 'Slate Grey' featuring Technimatic, the end result on this release is always a combination of grit and funk, of basses that pulsate but do so with purpose and sophistication, of proper D&B that tells a story more complex than pure hedonism. Our favourite is 'Broken Dawn', a steppy rendition of force, frequencies and fantastic production. Epic work.
Review: Tom Wrankmore AKA Eliphino has released some fabulous material in the past, though little quite as good as this mini-album on Secretsundaze. Melodious, atmospheric and quietly colourful, it sees the former First Word producer offer up a range of deep club cuts and seductive home listening tracks that draw influence from a wide range of styles and rhythms. Those listening attentively will notice nods towards jazz, broken beat, deep house, electro, jungle, Italo-disco, broken beat, acid, Detroit techno and Bleep, though few of the tracks can be easily pigeonholed. In other words, it's a triumphant seven-track trawl through electronic fusion that must surely count as Wrankmore's most adventurous and grown-up release to date.
Review: Flaco is an old chip off the block and has been releasing music on loads of labels for quite a long time now, including V Recordings, Innerground and Co-Lab. This time he's on Director's Cut for a rolling three-tracker that sits across a varying range of hardness and softness, but all of which is vibrant and packed with rawness. 'Twisted' is the heavier of the three, but it's bassline is matched by that of 'Breakin Bread', a wonderfully consistent, solid tune that is definitely aimed at the heads. 'Matilda' is more frantic but all the better of it, with a cool old-school drum sound and a bassline to match. Wicked stuff.
Simmer (Mind Fair 12 Inch version) - (7:21) 102 BPM
Simmer (Warehouse Preservation Society remix) - (6:19) 105 BPM
Simmer (T-Kutt dub) - (10:02) 102 BPM
Review: Initially released last year as a limited edition 12", Flamingo Flame's first single for Rogue Cat Sounds has finally come to digital download. Label mainstays Mind Fair provide the headline-grabbing "12" Mix" of "Simmer", a dreamily Balearic song that combines glassy-eyed, Spandeau Ballet style vocals and the glistening guitars of Simple Minds' most Balearic moments with the melancholic synth-pop beauty of "Behaviour"-era Pet Shop Boys. Sleazier dancefloor thrills arrive via the bubbling acid bass, layered percussion and late night loops of the Warehouse Preservation Society remix, while the version from Parkway Records regulars T-Kutt is as tactile, dreamy and synth-heavy as you'd expect.
Review: As was the case with his fine, self-released debut EP, "Fleet Magic", this EP on All City sees fast-rising producer Fleet Dreams join forces with vocalist and rapper Aj Magic for a warm, woozy and synth-laden shuffle through their distinctive take on 21st century soul. The seven tracks are spacey, groovy and hugely entertaining, cleverly combining elements of future R&B, boogie, hip-hop and deep house into drowsy but attractive new hybrid forms. The EP also boasts a couple of tidy bonus versions: a gently samba-soaked "Balearic Mix" of "Obedience" and an extended "Club Mix" of opener "EKG" that drags the cut further towards late night dancefloor territory.
Review: Last year Canadian electro-jazz outfit Four 80 East proved their club credentials via the house-powered "Four On The Floor EP", whose many treats included a fine collaboration with legendary vocalist CeCe Peniston. Here Z Records boss Joey Negro gets his chance to remix that fine cut. On the opening "Redemption Mix" he brilliantly re-imagines it as a soaring chunk of revivalist disco/soulful house fusion in which Peniston's superb vocals rise above bustling jazz-funk bass, warm chords and hazy orchestration. It's a genuine feel good gem and one of his most memorable remixes for some time. For those in love with percussion and the simple dancefloor pleasures of good-time grooves, the accomopanying Brotherhood Dub is a must-check.
Review: The Italian-born, classically trained DJ and producer Francesca Lombardo makes her first appearance on Poker Flat with the amazing "Flumen" - a mesmerising sonic experience with its hypnotising aesthetic. Prepare to enter freefall down the rabbit hole on this one. This is followed by the slinky and up-tempo groove of "Psycho" which is jam packed full of reliable dancefloor dynamics. In addition to appearances on top labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Bedrock and Bar 25, Lombardo demonstrates her mastery at the controls here, with two tracks that riff on the theme of water, and how rivers move through time and space.