As if releasing their third album wasn't enough, Modeselektor are also busy releasing music on their label, and Elan steps up to deliver some flavoursome electro stylings. "Blackout" is a joyful mixture of dystopian sci-fi grind rubbing up against treated boogie bass in an undeniably funky melting pot. If you ever got down to Dabrye, just you try resisting this release. "Down 4 You" particularly shines with its insistent bump and gently detuning VHS synths. Meanwhile the bossmen (Modeselektor) turn in a surprisingly short and sweet remix that serves as a pleasant bookend rather than a show stealer.
The relentless tidal wave of chunky electronica coming out of the Monkeytown borough shows no signs of letting up with the release of eLan's debut album proper. Funk is most definitely the order of the day, with the West-coast producer's beats clearly indebted to the swagger of g-funk and boogie. Much like his fellow conspirators such as Shlohmo, plenty of space is allowed for the, darewesayit, wonky grooves to strut and tumble around Moog basslines and dreamy samples. While maybe not as wild as some of the Californian beat scene output, Next 2 Last is a thoroughly satisfying record to bump when you want that low-slung jam fix.