Review: Brokntoys was one of the best electro labels to emerge before the current hype, and will be still going strong long after the bandwagon leaves town. This is all down to its enviable track record in releasing distinctive iterations of this style; Art 220 kick-starts this release with the spiky beats, drilling percussion and acid-gurgling riffs of "Meur Maei", while XY0815 and Int Main journey down a route sound-tracked by crunchy drums, a staccato rhythm and a tearing bass. On Obergman's "Chronostasis",spooky synths and steely drums are powered by surging low end, while The Jaffa Kid's superbly-named "Intergalactic War Trials" is a hypnotic slice of electronic malevolence.
Review: Blade brings us a rather delectable EP on the Fokuz imprint, full of blissed out atmospherics and lush rolling breaks. Teaming up with Arp 1 for the title track "Lithuanian Beauty", you can expect shuffling, percussive drum work and shimmering SFX to dominate. For the rest of the EP, Blade goes solo, starting with the cooing notes of "Parts Of Me" with its gentle instrumentals and vocal snippets, and progressing through to the end with concluding cut "Tingles" - a delightful, chirpy little number which just oozes soulful vibes. A beauty of an EP here from Blade.
Prins Thomas, Stereolab & The High Llamas - "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" (Stereolab vs High Llamas remix) - (4:15) 130 BPM
Prins Thomas & 120 Days - "Sleepless Nights" - (0:22) 124 BPM
Prins Thomas, Carmen Villain, Continental Fruit, Mats Gustafsson & Sonic Youth - "The Moon Will Always Be There/The Moon Was My Only Witness/Art 3 - Contrabass Sax" - (6:16) 92 BPM
Prins Thomas, Erik Wollo, Alexander Rishaug & Sun Araw - "Ody At Sea/Satellites/B - Sun Araw Saddle Soap Remix" - (3:18) 156 BPM
Prins Thomas, Bjorn Torske, Mats Gustafsson, Sonic Youth, Serena-Maneesh & Sun Araw - "B - Sun Araw Saddle Soap Remix/Arthur's Return - Extended Version/Introspection/Leipziger Love Life - Ancient Mix/Part 4 - Voice" - (9:36) 159 BPM
Prins Thomas & Wildest Dreams - "Off The Lip" - (6:21) 112 BPM
Prins Thomas & Four Tet - "Lovesick" (Four Tet remix) - (4:40) 97 BPM
Review: Celebrating five years of squelchy, neon-lit funk that oozes in the cracks between beats, bass music and plenty more besides, let this compilation serve as a lesson to you all in what a gem of a label Donky Pitch is. With a regular cast of characters that includes Slugabed, Lockah, The Range and Starfoxxx, all manner of low-slung boogie and chopped-up madness radiates from this overview of the Brighton-based operation, and long may it continue. Arp 101's "Slam" is especially inviting with its wonderfully rude bass squelches and slick vocoder, while Tokyo Hands drops flamboyant melodic richness left right and centre on "Letters", and that's just the tip of an exceedingly funky iceberg.