Review: Relative newcomer Craft steps forth with this first full-flavoured EP for Mindstep... And it's rich in diversity. The second "Funk 140" opens, you know you're in for a treat; all slap bass and salubrious Detroit synths, it's an instant floor elixir. "You Called" follows. Edging down the funk just a smidgeon, the dense polyrhythmic beats are peppered with shards of tight jazz and lush woozy pads. Elsewhere the title track taps into a more classic dubstep tradition, thanks to its gritty bass textures, but the rest of the elements are unique; floaty trumpets, Swindle-style keys and twisted sample-play ensure its distinction. "Bad Boys" continues the dream theme with more key sprinkles laid gracefully over a sturdy, steppy drum pattern. "Phonic" brings us to an emotional climax with a tear-jerking D&B halftime cut that balances bubbly bass and more minor-key, jazz-minded flurries. Immaculate.
Review: Rough and ready old school techno jams on offer here from Rene Pawlovitz aka Shed/Head High on The Final Experiment. Straight out of the galaxy called 'Hardwax Berlin', all these tracks are under different aliases of Pawlovitz. Craft's - "T/FD/WI/E" is reminiscent of Waveform Transmissions era Jeff Mills in all its dry and rusty aesthetic, Operation Amplified's "#32500432" takes a nod to Regis' early experiments on Downwards; in all their grinding and cyclical glory. There's really no comparisons at all: this is Pawlovitz through and through under the alias Seelow - "Wave#16" and this nostalgic warehouse rave anthem has bombastic breaks and cavernous chords throughout.
The Dealer & Space Motion - "Push" - (6:38) 126 BPM
Saccao & Anturage - "Cyclops" - (6:47) 123 BPM
Agatha Pher - "My Only Way" - (6:53) 123 BPM
Kevin McKay - "Glasgow Underground Ibiza 2017: 1AM - 2AM" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:09:16) 123 BPM
Kevin McKay - "Glasgow Underground Ibiza 2017: 2AM - 3AM" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:12:00) 124 BPM
Kevin McKay - "Glasgow Underground Ibiza 2017: 3AM - 4AM" (continuous DJ mix 3) - (1:04:15) 124 BPM
Review: Glasgow Underground's Ibiza compilations are traditionally the biggest releases of the year for label head honchos Sam Dexter and Kevin McKay. It's stated they 'have been working their socks off to collect the best selection of cuts' and aimed squarely at White Isle dancefloors this Summer. Starting off with Sante Sansone's remix for the aforementioned McKay. This 'Italian stallion' drops his usual disco style for "What U Want", Barcelona's finest De La Swing impresses us as always with the rolling peak time stomper "No Rules" and also Vanilla Ace & Dharkfunkh's "What We Gonna Do?" (Kevin McKay remix) really brings the funk like no other on this disco-fied joint. It's a whopper here: comprised of a few dozen tracks, it's all damn good value and there's enough surefire grooves on here to keep the kids on your dancefloor groovin and movin' all Summer. And if you can't be bothered with all that: it's conveniently mixed up to perfection across three volumes by McKay himself.
Review: Languishing in the oceanic pastures of deep, jazz-tinged modern dub-focused electronica, MindStep missions are consistent in their soul and crystalline creativity. Here's a firm reminder - in the slim case we needed one - as the label's exponents are united for the label's second 'best of' style collection. Ranging from the two-step subversions of Sepia's "U Make Me Feel" to the more techno-minded sound palette of Dillard's "Rocks & Trees" to the 22nd century jazz of Jafu & Freud's "Sofia", every facet and feature of MindStep's ever-evolving remit is explored, represented and celebrated in great detail here. Dive deep.