Review: To help celebrate the expanded re-release of Brassica's 2014 debut album Man Is Deaf, the man himself has decided to drop a new single. "Get Down" is a bright and breezy affair, with interwoven synthesizer melodies, broken-house beats and flowery chords combining to create a colourful, ultra-positive mood. It seems well timed, with festival season set to get into full swing; certainly, it's mood enhancing capabilities are beyond doubt. It's accompanied by a similarly cheery and vibrant rework of album favourite "Tears I Can Afford" by Belfast boys Bicep. They combine clear Italian house, nu-disco and classic trance influences on a version that virtually pops, bubbles and spits from the speakers.
Review: Bicep has long been fans of Brassica's brand of hard-to-define electronic music, so it's little surprise to see him delivering the latest single on their revitalized Feel My Bicep imprint. He begins with the tactile, four-in-the-morning hypnotism of "Time Tunnel", where spaced out electronics and cyclical riffs ride an ultra-deep, locked-in groove, before doffing a cap to vintage Meat Beat Manifesto and early Orbital on the thrilling "Wryders". You'll then find two interpretations of "Time Tunnel": a warm, hazy and slightly more loved up edit by The Sphinx, and a thrusting, high-octane acid-meets-psychedelic techno assault from Roy of the Ravers.
Review: Brassica is a trusted staple in the field of outboard house and techno, from time served on labels as esteemed as Dissident and Civil Music through to more recent outings on Feel My Bicep and others. Here The UK producer has been snapped up by Vivod for four tracks of deep analogue house and electro to warm the cockles a treat. "Coco Diaz" is a tightly wound jam that hinges on a broken beat, while "Splash" opens out into a blissful melancholic reverie. "Nothing To Say" amps up the sleaze and the acid a treat before "Blue Function" heads into more trippy soundtrack territory.
Review: An established artist since 2015 that's earned a reputation through labels like Civil Music (think Darling Farah, Drums Of Death, Debruit) and a release with Headman on Relish Recordings before that, Brassica makes his return to Feel My Bicep! Having debuted on the label in 2016, the artist's last transmission was a solid three years ago and like before Brassica continues to channel early dance music inspirations attached to a set of UK influences, and it's sounding fresh. Think space age electro given a silky bleep touch in the title-track with highly effective acid progressions to tug at those heart strings, with some more lo-fi, underwater dwelling electro in "Storm 87". Find an undeniable bassline, syncopated rhythm and flecks of Aphex Twin acid furthermore in "Sauna" next to the EP's definitive rave track "Synthetic Being". Stellar release.
Review: For 'BORIV' read 'Best Of Relish 4', as Headman's label serve up another best-of collection, this time drawing mostly on the years 2009-2011. Featured artists include Daniel Avery, David Gilmour Girls and JR Seaton, as well as label boss Robi Insinna in both his Headman and Manhead guises, and the album comes packed with exactly the kind of angular, new wave-y nu-disco and electro you'd expect, complete with some new mixes to tempt long-term fans. What's most interesting, though, is that these tracks don't sound half as experimental or out-there as they did 10 years ago, which speaks to just how influential a label time has proven Relish to be.