Review: Bristolian merchants of the finest lo-slung grooves Futureboogie return, with this absolutely hot release by Holding Hands boss Desert Sound Colony and label mate Baby Rollen. The Beta Burner EP comes with added psychedelic flavours courtesy of an A Sagittariun Remix. From the bumpin' late night acid funk of the title track, it then gets a Yorkshire style '90s bleep techno rework by A Sagittariun (Re-Dream) before the loose and off-kilter electro breaks of "Dumpster Truck" (original mix) goes for something looser. Finally DSC goes solo on the funky "Seismic Soy Bean".
The Darker The Room The Bigger The Tune - (5:54) 130 BPM
Pulled Through The Wormhole - (6:17) 134 BPM
Echo Shaper - (5:22) 128 BPM
The Gobbler - (5:15) 134 BPM
Review: Wow, it's safe to say that Holding Hands have stumbled upon some gold with this one as Desert Sound Colony fuse the old with the new across four bad boy breakbeat originals. We kick off 'The Darker The Room The Bigger The Tune', a homage to both hardcore roots and futuristic pitch slicing and progression, before the shuffling drums and electrifying melodies of the title track 'Pulled Through The Wormhole' whirl into play. Next, the combination of punchy percussion and dreamy padlines of 'Echo Shaper' give us something a little bit different before 'The Gobbler' rounds us out in style, linking up choppy synth plucks with a moogy UKG bassline for a truly unique final run out.
Review: The well respected Holding Hands imprint has been on a real roll of late, with this latest four track expanse from Desert Sound Colony keeping that pattern going. The EP is a fantastic exploration into rhythm and sound, kicking off with the computer blips and shuffling breakbeat drum work of the title track 'The Bruce', alongside the squelching bass inputs and moody sub textures of 'The Ventus'. Next, 'Mega Globule' unveils a seriously smooth array of garage flavours, before 'Pompey Cruiser' delivers another glitchy expanse of groovy percussion and inviting basslines. Lovely work!
Review: Following up a terrific inauguration of Nick Hoppner's new Touch From A Distance imprint, in addition to releases on Me Me Me and Scissor & Thread - Desert Sound Colony returns to his Holding Hands imprint for another collection of oddball grooves. This follows up a great one on the label not long ago by Adam Pits. The A side features the tripped-out minimal tech house of "Tickle Me Pink" calling to mind the emerging sounds of mid-noughties minimal - in a good way! On the flip, beeping and glitching reductionist funk continues with the quirky "Birds Fly Dry" followed by "Grabbing The Golden Goose" which is a tunneling and claustrophobic journey down the vortex which ends the EP in interesting fashion.
Lose My Rhythm (Scott Fraser remix) - (7:30) 124 BPM
Review: For their 5th release the London label born of the clubnight of the same name make a b-line straight for the dancefloor. The title track of Desert Sound Colony's latest EP is equal parts anthemic vocals, stabbing guitar lines and a motorik backbone which combining for a hefty slice of post-punk inspired dancefloor churn. The last two tracks take the themes found in Lose My Rhythm and head down the rabbit hole to drown you with a flurry of breaks led rhythms on Suffocation and put you to rest with the pitch black basslines of The Blacksmith. On the remix front local hero Scott Fraser delivers an acid drenched expansion of the title track.
Review: At once foreign and familiar, Desert Sound Colony brilliantly scores a nostalgic journey through the proverbial looking glass. The plaintiff vibe of "The Way I Began" envelopes the listener in warm guitar licks and hushed vocals, transporting them to a time when innocence and insecurity gave way to transcendence. The road takes a turn with "Fire Egg", a classic stomper that drives introspection with looping guitar melody and bouncy bass. And before we return to size, "Iris" carries us further inward with scattered claps and a skipping kick, before releasing us into a deep and chugging, eyes-wide-shut, euphoric roller.