Review: Banks is an aspiring female singer hailing from Los Angeles. She's very trusting, offering her phone number on Facebook as 'social media has never been my thing". We reckon that number won't be online for long as judging by the tune, she is surely is destined for big things. Someone who did phone that number is acclaimed British producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs who has produced this dreamy and almost beatless example of hipster RnB (PBRnB anyone?) at it's finest.
Review: Veteran Berlin outfit Modeselektor take their "selektion" very seriously indeed. Perhaps this is why each instalment of Modeselektion, their painstakingly curated compilation series, takes so long to arrive. Here we finally have another sampler from part three. Highlights of these four tracks include the blissful synth fest of Alex Banks' "Be The One", the quirky, live electro-pop of Heinrik Schwarz's "We Are Bankrupt" and the off-kilter, acidic soulful hip-hop of "Jungle Love". Looks like the full-length album will be worth the wait.
Review: The first slab of tracks curated by Modeselektor for Modeselektion Vol. 3 may have been on a more introspective tip, but there's no such holding back to be found on Part 2 as bold colours and tough rhythms abound for the party-starting side to the German duos repertoire. L-Vis 1990 brings the heavyweight boogie influence while Illum Sphere marches forth with an electro urgency, Onra drops some cosmic '80s flourishes, and Brandt Brauer Frick link up with OmMas Keith and Vic Mensa for a mad intersection between broken beat, techno, R&B and plenty more besides. As ever eclecticism and a taste for the unusual define Modeselektor's choices, and they pull it off with style.
Review: UK main room drum and bass heroes finally present their debut album, entitled "Life". The album features all the hallmarks of the Sigma sound: fierce breaks, epic breakdowns and the finest vocal talents in the business. Wasting no time getting started they launch into the soulful "Redemption" featuring Jacob Banks, no doubt honed by their experience releasing on Hospital Records and Breakbeat Kaos. It crosses over into rock territory with a bit of help from Jetta on "Slowdown". All the hits are on here too, don't worry: their massive collaboration with Paloma Faith, "Changing", the radio friendly anthem "Nobody To Love", "Glitterball" featuring Ella Henderson and the fierce "Rudeboy" featuring the rhyming talents of Doctor, amongst more surefire future hits!