Gacha Bakradze - "Something Nice For My Dog" - (5:57) 122 BPM
Felix Fischer - "Changeline" - (7:33) 122 BPM
Luis Junior - "Chicago Rain" - (7:43) 121 BPM
Review: The Berlin based Best Works Records is a collaboration between the producer and DJ Andre Lodemann with A&R by Daniel W. Best; known for his work with Jazzanova, Sonar Kollektiv and Best Seven Records. For the first installment in what seems like a new series, Lost & Found I features some great tracks reflective of the current Berlin clubbing landscape. Local trio Ann & Bones' "Elope" (remixed by label mainstay Fabian Dikof) is the kind of sultry and shimmering pop inflected house that you could imagine Lodemann himself playing during one of his acclaimed sets. Gacha Bakradze's "Something Nice For My Dog" is a soothing and majestic excursion in deepness, full of lush bell tones and ethereal pads in the vein of Dial Records or All Day I Dream. With deep house bases covered, the label then presents two seriously dark journey tracks: Felix Fischer's "Changeline" is rather nefarious indeed and geared for some proper strobe-lit dance floor drama (wonky synth leads guaranteed, too) as is Luis Junior's evocative little number entitled "Chicago Rain".
Review: One of Jamaica's most beloved vocalists, Gregory Isaacs' incredible career stretched over three decades, providing one of the dancehall and reggae scene's most instantly recognisable voices. This original Isaacs sample has been "revoiced" by Bones courtesy of Liondub as part of JungleXpeditions' "Junglist Sound" project, set to feature jungle, drum and bass, new school reggae and dubstep in its repurposing of classics back into contemporary dance music. You can call it remixing, you can call it re-fashioning, you can even call it a project of good will if you like; "Number One Sound (Jungle Dub)" offers a 'way in' to non-junglists and provides old-school fans with a chance to hear an Isaacs classic reborn.
Review: Two Mind crash back into our lives with another full-fire VA collection on their own Big Freaks imprint. All-out, balls-out business once again, every track hammers home some serious messages: "Heavy Weight" lives up to its name with savage jungle strength, "Champion" nods towards the old Bingo-era with its bubbling bass riff, "Trying To Kill" is a stone cold necksnapper with its chiselled two-step and poisonous sub bass while "I Don't Believe In Ghosts" jumps and wriggles like an old Formation stepper. Moscow mandem Cluster Bones makes the final play with two epic damagers - the spooky groans of "Close Quarters" and the screaming high voltage bass of "Slaughter Final". Big bad and freaky, Two Mind are crushing us right now!
Review: The Bass Rejects label, seemingly an outlet for the productions of Psychofreud and friends, was founded in 2006, was put on hiatus in 2010, and returned last year with a newfound vigour. Here, they deliver a two-track assault of dub and reggae-influenced dancefloor D&B. Enjoy Tribe Monster kick things off with "Surviving", a fluorescent fusion of shuffling jungle rhythms, booming wobble bass, reggae toiuches and a memorable patois vocal. Psychofreud joins forces with Bones for "Ing", a more obviously skanking cut. A reggae riddim is transformed into a scorching hot stepper via bouncy pianos, punchy electronic beats and a classic rastaman vocal.
Review: Eight years old and still capable of knocking crowds sideways, JHz's "Jack Jack" was a huge hit for TCR back in 2005. Layered with pre-dubstep sines, techno-flavoured 4/4s and a nagging vocal loop, it's got every hallmark of a timeless heads-down bomb. "Timewaster" has aged equally well; rolling with the slinky, live bass thunder that Koma & Bones made their names for, it's a cool reminder of how bountiful the mid noughties breakbeat scene was.
Review: A true (and somewhat rare) success story of the, producer-ran-record-label within a large empire, is John O'Callaghans Subcultre (via Armada). Over the past few years JOC's hands on approach has kept a perfect balance between new, and established talent with just the right amount from his own studio. This March collection is prime example, featuring; Ost & Meyer, Gareth Emery, KhoMha, Super8 & Tab, plus the Jorn Van Deyhnhoven remix of 'The Real You' from Dark Matters, and the banging Heatbeat cut of Parker & Hanson - 'Afterthought'. 16 full length tracks for just L7.49!!