Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: Top wobbler and mighty charmer Gramatik is back on his own Lowtemp with the first chapter of the new Re Coil series, a new strain of tunes clearly inspired by sci-fi and the ubiquity of technology. You got six tunes to swell your noggin' good n' propah, kicking off with the suave and laid-back sway of "Future Crypto", which falls neatly into the far-out jazz vibes of Goldilocks Enigma" featuring Anomalie. "Aymo" goes for an Eastern look and feel, dropping some banging bhangra chills, while "Voyager Twins" and "Recovery" opt for more cosmic pastures, and "Halcyon" ties the final knot with a groovy little slice of upbeat nu-boogie for the dancefloor.
Review: Gramatik's original cut to "Satoshi Nakamoto" was a funky, breakbeat kinda lick that would please both the bass fiends, and the B-boys, so this three-pronged remix EP feels like a refreshing take on the tune. The Beat Fatigue remix largely stays within the same waters, preferring to evolve the bass frequencies further, rather than change anything too drastically, and Psymbionic's version takes a turn down a more break-filled alley, reminding us of the Plump DJs or Stanton Warriors. The Cobrayama remix, however, feels like it has a lot more in common with traditional US hip-hop than anything UK-related, and Probcause's original lyriccs sound better than ever.
Native Son Prequel (Jenaux remix) - (4:15) 113 BPM
Native Son Prequel - (4:13) 140 BPM
Review: Gramatik's "Native Son" has already been given an extensive makeover through a recent remix album and, just in case you didn't know, the original tune featured Wu-Tang Clan's mythical vocalist Raekwon. Yeah, kind of a big deal, right? So here we have "Native Son Prequel", which features Leo Napier on the vocals, but remixed by Jenaux. The Frenchman veers away from the original's hip-hop sensibility and heads towards a more electro-leaning house approach a-la Daft Punk. An instant hit.