Review: Some would argue that Aeroplane's productions have not been the same since Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano went their separate ways. While Fasano is rebuilding his career as The Magician, De Luca has been left to carry on producing and DJing as Aeroplane alone. Here he brushes aside criticism of his debut album with a debut mix set. It's actually rather good, offering a typically accessible and synth-heavy mix of groovy contemporary disco (Cosmonauts, Drop out Orchestra, Poolside), unreleased exclusives (his own, auto-tune heavy "Save Me Now") and forgotten gems (Stars On 33) that touches on curious Balearica, Italo and punk-disco. This digi version is available in its intended mixed form, but you can also buy the tracks featured individually!
Review: It's fair to say that Whiskey Disco rarely fails to disappoint. Sleazy McQueen's long-serving label is undoubtedly one of the most consistent re-edit imprints around, making each successive release a "must-check". Naturally, there's plenty of club-ready goodness to be found on the label's latest missive, from the vibraphone-sporting, reverb-laden disco bounce of Alkalino's "Body & Soul" edit, to the beefed-up, Afro-disco-with-house-beats heaviness of Alex Juiev's "Afro Magic". In between, Love Drop pitch up and straighten out a Grace Jones favourite, while Terrence Pearce brilliantly plays around with a spacey disco classic on "Ushukela". In other words, it's another tight collection of cut-jobs from Whiskey Disco.
Review: New artillery of dubstep swelters from the on-fire FatKidOnFire imprint - yessir! Militant bass vibes and deathly percussive stabs all-round with this new four-way compilation from a bunch of newcomers, and it's all very much in the typical spirit of the label. "Fear Spud" by D-Operation Drop is like a war march guided by a band of low frequencies, Iskeletor's "Charizard" is a wild, venomous slice of neuro-funk with a broken beat, while "S.90" by Saule is a more typical dubstep anthem a-la DMZ, and Bukez Finezt goes more acoustic with his harmonious bass experiment tagged "False Friends". Bad.
Review: The team at Circle Vision have set out and made a serious statement with this one, as their 'Various Visions' series returns for It's second helping with four fresh originals from four of the coldest in the dubstep scene right about now. We begin with D-Operation Drop who lands a heavyweight punch in 'Fried Chicken' before man of the minute: Zygos appears with a percussive heavy piledriver in 'BAtte noir'. Next up, Hebbe arrives on the scene with a haunted episode of bitcrushed leads and floating subs on 'Sixes & Sevens', before Mrshi sees the EP out in style with his triplet-driven scorcher 'Biter'.
Review: In a bid to promote their first vinyl compilation, Original & Unreleased Volume 1, the kind lads and lasses at File Under Disco have delivered this digital taster. It features remixes of previously released FUD jams by Drop Out Orchestra and JKriv & The Disco Machine. The former's "The National Theatre" gets a jaunty, extra-percussive refresh from British nu-disco veterans Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert, who make great use of the original's sharp, swirling strings and low-slung groove. Arguably even better, though, is Get Down Edits' remix of JKriv and company's "Disco Rocket", which expertly laces the original's celebratory vocal around a breezy, sparse, bass-heavy disco groove.
Jay Robinson & Supabeatz - "Screech" - (4:25) 128 BPM
Star Eyes & Pharaoh - "Cry Baby" - (5:07) 128 BPM
Review: Four huge funky/garage house tunes come out of their corners fighting on this latest volume of Trouble & Bass' EP series. Label boss Drop The Lime kicks things off in style with the clattering snares of "Thwomp Stomp" - one of the most apt names for a tune in a long time. While DTL's contribution is kept deliberately bare, Baobinga's "Make It Drop" is riddled with looped hip-hop vocals, with the beat cutting perfectly into a half-step for the verses. Star Eyes & Pharaoh lace "Cry Baby" with female vocals and plenty of low-filter bass, while the chopped and pitch-shifted vocals of Jay Robinson & Supabeatz's "Screech" is probably the highlight - thoroughly unique sounds and as funky as hell!
Review: Gathering together the best of NYC's alternative producers for this exclusive five track collection, Trouble & Bass pick the right names to show off the city's progressive side. Label boss Drop The Lime updates The Ramones on "Bourbon Blitz", giving it a subtle tip of the hat via some electro snares and Tex-Mex guitars, while Kingdom keeps things typically fascinating on "Uptown Buck" - delivering a brutally stripped-down kicks and vocals feast. Elsewhere Hussle Club take their cues from the CBGB's, while Cubic Zirconia deliver a tripped out acid freakdown with the beautiful "Lucid In The Sky".