Review: We now get stuck into some futuristic percussive persuasions as we take a look at the latest compilation from Wisdom Teeth, bringing together some of the most forward thinking electronic musicians active today. Chevel kicks us off with 'TailWind', Before the clean percussive rolls of Alex Coulton's 'Radiance' and K-Lone's 'Broke' take centre stage. Acre then gets crazy on the synthesis with 'Don't Get Me Started' and Etch gets swampy on 'Toxin', before Hodge's 'X' provides us with some futuristic tech treats. We then round up the EP in style with two belters, as Wen supplies the eerie fire on 'Late Night' and Facta strips it back to bass and drums in the vibrancy of 'Poliwhirl'.
Review: After Livity Sound established itself as a self-contained affair originally centred around Pev, Kowton and Asusu, it was intriguing to see the net widen with the introduction of the Ytivil Dnuos sublabel as a place for likeminded, fresh talent to reside. After the previous Livity Sound original and remix compilations, now the 'reverse' label has its own collection, bringing focus on a host of producers who are now reaching notoriety in their own right. From the recent thrill of Simo Cell to Hodge's first outing on the imprint, via Bruce, Batu and Alex Coulton, this is as strong a statement of cutting edge UK soundsystem electronics as you could wish for.
Review: Founded as an outlet for Livity Sound to "release music that is in line with the Livity aesthetic but isn't produced by the trinity behind it", the Dnuos Ytivil began life as a showcase for the productions of Alex Coulton. Having manned the debut Dnuos Ytivil release in excellent style, the Manchester based producer returns to the imprint here with the equally on point War Games, now available digitally! Whereas Pev contributed a remix to that debut 12", Coulton is granted the freedom of all 24" of wax with the title cut mainlining on the sort of minimalistic polyrhythms that Shackleton pioneered. "Pointe Noire" sees Coulton in brain melting mood, pairing dark DMZ inspired textures with crisp booming drums. One for the proper dancehalls.
Review: The cunningly named dnouS ytiviL was established to "release music that is in line with the Livity aesthetic but isn't produced by the trinity behind it". Manchester based Alex Coulton further cements his links with Bristol's ever bustling music scene via a quite excellent Idle Hands 12" by stepping into the breach for the debut release - now available digitally! "Bounce" will advance his claim to be fully accepted as one of the West Country's adopted sons. A ripe slice of broken techno with a sly nod to Skull Disco percussion, you can see why Pev and co elected to found a new label in order to secure it! The Punch Drunk boss turns in a remix which cranks up the pressure markedly.
Review: Alex Coulton marks the third Mancunian to step up to the Idle Hands platter. "Candy Flip" gets things off to a storming start, wrapping a tight beat up in impeccable sound design, but when the bassline drops, you know you're hearing a very special slice of hybrid dance music. There's no drop in quality on "Brooklyn" either, which starts off on a false pretence of bluesy keys and steady beat, before another one of those killer b-lines comes creeping in. Proof if it were needed that there's no need to revisit past styles when such fresh, uncomplicated ideas are being generated in the here and now.