Label boss DJ Bone mans the controls for the 38th release on Subject Detroit, laying down a typically fierce, three pronged auditory attack. "What He Said" tactfully yet forcefully treads the line between house and techno, cherry picking physiognomies from each side of that ever-blurring line and constructing something fresh but bristling with familiar Subject Detroit elegances. A favourite fixture from Bone's more recent DJ sets, "I Do" sees bubbling, arpeggiated chords simmer and swoop from foreground to background loosely as one solitary, remanipulated ticking hat keeps things in formation. Watch out for the thunderous, doubled-up drum arrangement that crashes in to the picture out of nowhere! Meanwhile "Rhythm Soul Funk" is a genuine hard hitter and another that tiptoes between the old school and the nouveau.
While there have been a number of negative views expressed recently by electronic music producers, the launch of LF RMX shows that there are caring, conscientious people in the community. This group includes Len Faki, Figure boss and Berghain resident. This new series grew out of Faki's desire to edit and tweak some of his favourite tracks, and on this debut release he delivers two fine takes on DJ Bone's "Black Patterns". The Hardspace version is a firing, percussive affair - its cymbals crash and kick drums contain a deep resonance. On the "Hardspace Tool" take, Faki opts for a leaner, meaner and more linear track. More importantly though, is what happens from the sale of these tracks; all proceeds go to StraBenkinder (Street Kids), a Berlin organisation fighting against child poverty.