Review: A 25 year-old Dutch guitarist, Beat Fatigue, aims to combine all his influences - Jazz, Blues, Glitch, Dubstep, Soul, hip-hop, and Funk into 'one big (musical) sandwich'. He also aims to 'find a new sound that keeps you more awake then your mama after taking her pills'. Here on his Can't Stop LP we actually think he's managed to do it too! There are 13 tracks overall ranging from the stop-start electronic future-funk of "Cherry Bopper" to the woozy off-kilter electropop of "Sexy Planck Time" via the crunchy breakbeat (meets jazz piano!) strut of "Protons and Pretzels". A unique talent.
Review: Beat Fatigue remains as alert and wide-eyed as ever as he steps over from Adapted to Lowtemp for a trio of sleazy, glitch funk party packers. "Optimus Jive" sits somewhere between Griz and Big Gigantic thanks to its generous use of horns. "Straight Up Shuffle" strips the vibe back to lava-like bass, swinging drums and a piano hook so fat it's in danger of being arrested by the obese police. Finally we hit "The Bad Sign". Peppered with cut-up downpitched vocals, it's a quicksand jam that sinks you deeper and deeper into the groove the more you struggle. Nu funk creativity at its finest.
Review: Dutch glitch vibes from one of Adapted's most prolific and consistent of contributors. "No More" comes with truly show-stopping guitar riff and a super-fine bluesy vocal sample, "Slashy Cricket" continues the raw, undiluted funk vibes with more of a Bootsy-style squidginess, while "Ain't That A Glitch" and "Walking All Cool" continue the guitar-motifs and bluesy feels. The former is on a slower, wonkier rhythm while the latter is on more of a peaktime, Featurecast-style full-flavoured swing. "Quarterbouncer" and "All That Muting" bring us to a jazzy climax as the guitars' blues distortion is swapped for a much crisper, wandering freeform approach. Super funky and impressively creative; if you're not playing air guitar while you're playing any of these tracks then something is seriously wrong.
Review: With glitch and funk being two crucial ingredients in Adapted's bass-baked cake, it's kind of surprising that they haven't curated a set like this before. 15 tracks, each one focusing on the more laidback, groove-heavy side of the dance, the title really does say it all. You want highlights? Of course you do... Check the shimmering, soaking wet guitar lines and Bootsy-busting P-funk of Beat Fatigue's "Funk Tube", the 80s synths and LA vision of Farfectch D's "The Fever" and the grizzly gurgles and short, sharp horn stabs of Spekrfreks' "Juke Joint". Job done.