Review: As you might expect, Valique seems to have been using lockdown to conjure up more cheeky reworks for his popular and long-running "V's Edits" series. He kicks things off with a chunky, nu-disco-meets-disco-house style revision of a vintage Rose Royce tune full of build-and-release dancefloor trickery and a thickset, ear-catching bassline, before re-imagining a Can krautrock classic as an acid-fired chunk of percussive, low-slung house sleaze. He then skips through AOR disco pastures via a heady, deep house style revision of a Jefferson Airplane classic, before serving up some samba-soaked Balearic business ("The Ripe Tones") and rushing, gently tooled-up Philly Soul (a fine rework of a sing-along Archie Bell and the Drells classic).
Review: Scalpel-wielding rework maestro V (the artist formerly known as funk-breaks sort Valique) has been more prolific than usual this year, with the numerous pandemic lockdowns and rules allowing him more time at home working on his popular cut-jobs. As a result, his latest annual 'best of' collection is packed to the rafters with tasty treats. There's plenty of variety too, with the long-serving editor leaping between guitar-heavy workouts ('B-Ware', Deep Purple tweak 'Hush'), weighty '80s synth-pop (Billy Idol re-rub 'White Wed'), beefed-up krautrock (the cowbell-laden heaviness of 'Vitamin D', a tweak of one of Can's most popular tunes), glassy-eyed disco (the Clavinet-heavy 'Little Love') and sleazy, pitched-down glam-rock ('Jewelry').
The McMash Clan & Kate Mullins - "Requiem" (FuntCase Erebus remix) - (4:06) 116 BPM
Review: Curated in celebration of this year's Miami attack, Flux and P deliver a multi-direction four-track attack that showcases just how pies the label has its grubby fingers in. The boss's shake-up of "Bada Bing" is the epitome of the label's past and future as metallic, ready-shreddy electro fuses with swaggering dubstep halfsteps. Cookie Monsta's take on "The Sound Of Science" is equally retro-future with its potty mouthed sonics shattering all windows in a five mile radius. Diskord's take on "Exostomp", meanwhile, fuses trap flavours, juicy funk glitches and dubstep with equal measures of raw aggression and silky synths. Finally Funtcase flips the switch with a killer D&B version of "Requiem" that nods deftly at the likes of Hazard and Majistrate. Heavy.