Review: Since making their name with the bleep/loved up deep house fusion of "Low Frequency Overload" back in 1990, British duo 100 Hz have continued to deliver occasional EPs. Immersive is full of rich, saucer-eyed deep house treats. Highlights include the darting, near Balearic synths and dream house style grooves of "Rio",the boompty-influenced cut and thrust of "Rub Tub (Edit)", where jammed-out jazz synths cluster around a killer funk bassline, and the ultra-deep, but suitably energetic "Whiskey Pineapple". This latter track is propelled forwards by a relentless bassline, crunchy drum machine percussion, and some foreboding melody lines.
Review: Florence based label Bosconi teams again with 100 Hz aka UK legends Lee Renacre and James Chapman who have been around since the late eighties. This is their second release on the Italian imprint; their Mila EP was their first for the label back in 2009. First we have a re-issue of their 1989 track "Shoot The Bar" a sturdy and cyclical house groove on the tougher side of things with a nice double bass holding the track above a tight rhythm and dreamy Rhodes piano. "Primary Colours" sounds more like minimal, but given more of an edge by all the dusty and lively analogue machines that power it along. Its bumpy bass and restrained synth stabs supporting some simplistic rhythms and works quite well. Finally "Oliva Funk" is more of a classic NYC house cut, those rapid fire cowbell strikes will help it bear even more resemblance to classic Kerri Chandler style vibes.
Review: A collection of talent comes together here to bring us the wonderful vision that is Ahucatl: Intelligent Music on the Empathy Digital label. First up is the trembling rhythms and tantalizing aurora created by Gnomes of Kush, "Winter Morning Dub". Elsewhere we have the sparse, dubbed out sounds of Brujo's Bowl's "Srong Crops", followed up by the curious warping sounds of Lunar Sound's "Light Is A Voice". Next is the surreal "Storyteller" with its aggressive dubstep-inspired soundscape, then cuts from Kaminanda and Mr Bill which continue to weave the narrative. Infamous' "Smack Down" adds some further quirkiness before "Funky Robotz" hits back with futuristic distortions a-plenty and then Grouch's "Trash Mouth" concludes the EP.