Review: The latest release on Sheik N Beik showcases a range of new artists that fit nicely with the New York label's quirky agenda. First up is Mr Dello, who presents "Pilgrims", a noisy, grimy techno workout. Supported by a rubbery, bleep-heavy bass, it's the kind of track one could imagine appearing on L.I.E.S. Meanwhile, Ray Rose's "Murfed" is a stripped back, minimal workout that is reminiscent of G-Man's music, while Ivvy goes for a full-on, chord-heavy techno groove on "Shape Speed". It isn't all dance floor thrills though and Og Ag's "410 Prospect" is a slower jam, populated by the kind of out there analogue melodies that appear on Xosar releases.
Review: Soupu Music has been going strong since 2010, giving us some of the funkiest house cuts around and now they're back with a monstrous-sized compilation inspired by African beats. There are thirty five chunks of house delight right here, so naturally we're not going to spoil it all for you but there are certainly some Juno HQ picks here - Pepesoup's "Pump Tire" is about as gnarly as you can go for house music and Smoove Kriminal's "Magma (VIP)" is kinda like grime back in the early 00's, but with an Afro touch, whilst DJ Sawman's "The Rise" blends sweet UK funky rhythms with chugging deep house chords.
Review: It's time to lock up your daughters as Fetish drops a collection of harder-edged techno. AG-KW drops the industrial stomp of "Phasen" and Brad Lee's "Visions In Shadow" sounds like mid-90s Lost/Cosmic broken beat tribalism jacked up on angel dust. That's not to suggest that "Our Fetish" is a senselessly banging compilation. Indeed, many of the tracks are much weightier and more intense than much faster tracks and veteran producer Kai Randy Michel's mixture of bleak minimalism and searing acid on "Labyrinth" is a case in point. However, if you are seeking something less abrasive, then "Fetish" also delivers, with Mattias Fridell dropping the hypnotic metallic groove of "Permanent Disorder".