Review: Electro-deviant Jimmy Edgar has linked up once again with his JETS partner Machinedrum to launch the Ultramajic imprint, and he gets first stab at a release with this taut three tracker. "Hot Inside" is as unashamed a peak-time heater as Edgar has ever turned his hand to, sporting a riotous diva vocal hook and crisp house drums, but there's still a strong techno injection in the synth work and shifting phases of the track. "Strike" is a more abrasive affair with its metallic delay vibrations and relentlessly nagging jack, while "Shout" comes on all electro house in its fulsome bassline and shouty vocal snippets.
Review: Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label has really blossomed since launching in earnest in June last year, with the Detroit producer's own output complemented by contributions from the likes of Matrixxman, Danny Daze, Dance System (aka LVIS 1990) and Spatial. Saline is the third in Edgar's ongoing series of conceptual EPs themed around elements, with Saline representing Earth. How this is represented musically is open to interpretation, but Edgar is on fine fettle here, with the bleep-laden electro cut "Burn" the kind of DJ tool that can be used in all sorts of situations. "Walk Show" features the late, great DJ Rashad on vocals and is a few BPMs short of being a Night Slugs Club Constructions cut, whilst "Who's Watchin" is an exercise in how you should use cut up vocals.
FABRICLIVE 79: Jimmy Edgar (continuous DJ Mix) - (1:12:45) 121 BPM
Review: Jimmy Edgar apparently thought long and hard about what to include on his first contribution to the Fabriclive series, then decided to focus largely on unreleased and forthcoming material from the Ultramajic label he founded with pal Arden back in 2013. In the wrong hands, this could seem self-indulgent, but in truth Edgar's reliance on tracks he's signed gives the mix a distinctive feel. Although there's some fine deep house, Detroit techno and ghetto house selections from other labels peppered throughout (including tracks from DJ Godfather, Patrice Scott and Terrence Dixon), it's the warehouse-friendly middle section - complete with Ultramajic exclusives from Crystal Bandito and a Jimmy Edgar (including a hook-up with the late DJ Rashad) - that really makes the mix.
Review: Dropping single number 3 for his Ultramajic imprint, Jimmy Edgar is bringing some no-nonsense electro heat to the boil across three tracks and then sprinkling all kinds of unusual spices to twist the proceedings up. "Ultraviolet" is the most straight-up affair, strutting on a rigid groove and gnarly synth lines that spit out a clear message that it's time to party. "Qlinda" is more curious with its insistent vocal snippets nagging away against the relatively austere deep house groove, but there's still room for some of the choppy edit trickery that Edgar made his name on. "Mercurio" meanwhile gets on a Dance Mania hype that keeps the mood raw and rough, mixing in a touch of footwork and darting into breakdowns and build ups erratically to keep the dancers on their toes.
Review: One of Europe's biggest electronic music parties sets out an impressive taster for this year's event. Mixed by French DJ/producer Brodinski, it moves from the deranged, siren-led "Slope" by Joe, through the swinging techno of Randomer's "Bring" and the chord-heavy groove of Brendon Moeller's take on Appleblim & Peverelist's "Over Here" before moving into more raw forms. This is articulated by the rough analogue jack of Marquis Hawkes' "Outta This Hood" and the firing, lean techno of Robert Hood's "Protein Valve (Edit 1). Brodinski also deserves kudos for dropping the grainy, surging bass and crisp drums of Claro Intelecto's rumbling electro killer, "Tone"