Former F Comm stalwart Alexkid pops up on Freerange with an EP that offers distinctly rougher grooves than the label's usual slick deepness. While "Shesgottoleave" and "Class Of 95" have lush, occasionally gorgeous elements in spades - a husky vocal in the former, and some vintage Detroit techno synths in the latter - both are driven forward by fuzzy, distorted drums that simply swagger with dancefloor energy. It's a real step forward for Freerange. Remix-wise, Bassfort delivers a pleasingly old skool take on "Class Of 95", while Matt Edwards dons his Radioslave hat for a long, deep, druggy revision of "Shesgottoleave".
This Avocado release by French producer Alexkid may well be the best thing he's released yet, which is quite the praise seeing as Alexis Mauri has been putting out records since 1997. Avacado also provides him with a debut on Josh Wink's Ovum, and what a debut it is. "The Dope" is deep, squiggly and atmospheric with pulses of bass tones bleeping in and out of sync like a modular system gone mad, while the future Chicago house of "For Josh" will indeed be a hit, if it isn't one already, for Wink's DJ sets, whether it be in Ibiza or the basement venues of NYC.