Review: Lank-haired Norse producer Magnus August Hoiberg, better known as Cashmere Cat, signs to the LuckyMe label having made his name through Brussels imprint Pelican Fly and a raft of Jersey Club style remixes of LDR, 2 Chainz and Jeremih. A union with the revered Edinburgh label makes perfect sense given the mutated forms of hip hop/club hybridism pioneered by LuckyMe over recent years and Cashmere Cat's Wedding Bells EP represents a fine debut. As opening track "With Me" suggests, Hoiberg has an innate talent for snaking club rhythms and delicate melodic, almost poppy touches, whilst "Wedding Bells" is reminiscent of the sort of music Jim Blake was making under the Harmonimix guise. Expect to hear this everywhere!
Review: Pelican Fly teams up with the infamous Ed Banger institution to deliver a tight little remix package of Cahmere Cat's "Mirror Maru" EP! Only "Mirror Maru" and "Kiss Kiss" are chosen as part of the project but judging from the diversity of the remixing team, this can only mean one thing: DOPE! Canblaster takes the first shot at the former, transforming the original into a sexy and seductive R&B anthem, whilst Busy P goes for a straight-up hip-hop flex with a touch of electro-tinged balearica, and LidoLido takes us on a soothing journey through sparse vocal-chops and grinding, booty-shaking basslines. As for the latter, G Vump takes a startling broken beat flex, reducing the original to a stuttering mass of kicks, snares and ominous harmonics; but the real surprise comes from Feadz & Kito, who create an all-out monster half-step belter - fresh!
Review: Belgian leftfield dance label Pelican Fly have collated a host of tunes from all the key acts on their roster for this impressively different mini-compilation. Over the course of eight tracks we get taken on quite an adventure: from the bleepy 'G(litch) n B' of Zora Jones to the epic fanfare of Sinjin Hawke's "Prom Nite" and the restlessness of "Rave Land" by Mister Tweeks to the drum- machine-being-drowned-in-Lilt-isms of Lucid's "On & On" and the positively psychedelic "Circular Motions 2025" by the 'imaginative' Richelle.