Review: Straight out of Kingston, Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings team up with the unstoppable force of Bukkha for a melodic masterpiece of an EP. Featuring multiple original vocal performances, this EP entitled 'Unity' sees Bukkha delve deep into his dub roots, especially with the vibrancy of the first track 'Unite' featuring Clinton Sly. The combination of dub-style drum arrangement and airy woodwind melodies on this and 'A Burial' featuring Don Fe makes for very enjoyable listening. The stripped back dub-reggae stylings of 'Peacemaker' alongside Blind Prophet and the murky drum and bass switch ups of 'Dark Future' round the EP off perfectly. This is another fantastic look at dub music from a different angle, a scenario that Moonshine Recordings have become synonymous with in recent times!
Review: Calypso are back with another clutch of exciting mavericks orbiting the weirder end of the contemporary club spectrum. There are minimal wave influences to be tacitly detected on Nicola Cruz's "Tu Recuerdo" as well as kind of stripped back acid freakiness, while in FE's "Tarde O Temprano" there's even more gritty, industrial tinged bite in the billowing surges of machine rhythms. Quixosis takes some wonderfully lilting traditional percussion and gives it a freaky treatment which makes for the kind of slow jam Weatherall would have wielded with aplomb. NTFL finishes this ear-snagging compilation off with the plaintive, Dembow-tinted "Vacio".
Review: Philipp Straub is a successful DJ/producer with more than 26 years experience and one of the leading lights of electronic music in Austria. With releases over the years on Recycled Loops, 8bit, and more recently Ovum and Knee Deep In Sound, he has proven that it's all about quality not quantity - and this new one on John Digweed's esteemed Bedrock testament to the fact. The Seperated Togetherness EP features equal parts emotion, tension and suspense for the late night, beginning with the epic dancefloor drama of "La Aperture" (with Fe Vargas) powered by its monster Reese bassline and shimmering array of melodies, the deep tribal tech house of "Jericho" and the absolutely mesmerising/hypnotic progressive vibe of "Collecting The Stars" (featuring Nilseus).