Review: General Ludd is the stage name for Rich McMaster and Tom Marshallsay and Sunset Yellow is their third release on Mr Saturday Night. In keeping with the general tone and direction of the label, they offer house music with an offbeat twist. The title track fuses a stepping rhythm and broken beats with an insistent melodic stab that gets increasingly high-pitched as the arrangement unfolds. "Brilliant Blue" is more stripped back and revolves around a rudimentary bass, hollowed out drums and the occasional cosmic squiggle. Maintaining the offbeat approach to the end is "Amaranth'; with its heavy percussive bursts, dub effects and lunging rhythm it's the most dance floor-focused track on the release.
Review: Glaswegian house dabbler General Ludd is back on New York City's Mister Saturday Night with a new EP, and it couldn't have come faster - we love the stuff that this guy makes. Not unlike his previous efforts, "Are You Losing My Hearing?" is a roughneck house sketch boasting a wonky percussive groove, gorgeous flurries of organic instrumentation and all the electronic oddity you could possibly fit into a club tune. "Moneychangers" is tamer in its structure but more penetrating on the dancefloor, where dusty drums and metallic hi-hats fold into a tidy house cut with a sinister, twisted edge.
Review: JD Twitch's Autonomous Africa series is something of a rarity. Each annual EP, which features modern electronic music influenced by African rhythms, sounds and styles, is used to raise money for a different African charity. Proceeds from this third in the series are destined for Tanzania's Mtandika Mission, a charity run by Midland's parents. It seems fitting, then, that he kicks things off with "Safi", a heavyweight slice of future voodoo that expertly blends analogue electronics and bombastic African rhythms. General Ludd go deep, psychedelic and off-kilter with their brilliant "Burning Mack", while Auntie Flo delivers a stripped-back vocal cut with echoes of his recent material on Permanent Vacation. Finally, Twitch steps up to deliver "Maya", which sounds like LFO's "LFO" re-made by African musicians.
Review: Mister Saturday Night take it to the disco with this riotous release from Glasgow based pairing General Ludd. Whilst the name may be new to you, the duo behind General Ludd should be familiar with Tom Marshallsay widely regarded for his work as Dam Mantle and Rich McMaster part of the excellent Optimo Music act Golden Teacher. Apparently General Ludd began with the pair working on interactive sound installations, before moving into fully fledged productions and their debut release is a real slammer. Lead track "Woo Ha" is the sort of cut DJs every where will embrace as a tool for causing optimum dancefloor mayhem, a crushing array of orgiastic vocal samples, deep bass lines, rickety snares and drums subjected to expert delay. "Brothers & Sisters" offers a more reserved B Side and is perfect for those on warm up duties. More of this General Ludd!