Review: Like Downwards back catalogue, there is something bleakly industrial yet alluring about "Manifesto". Boasting a title that sounds like it could have been named after a Throbbing Gristle project, the mood here is abrasive and unforgiving. The brilliantly named Death Abyss deliver dark breaking techno, with corrosive riffs unfolding over lurching drums. Meanwhile Sagae's "No Way Out" features harsh beats and a slamming rhythm, while the ghostly chords suggest that a supernatural force is at play. Thankfully, Inigo Kennedy delivers some light relief: while it would be difficult to describe "Pakkanen" as mellow, its mournful melodies and lithe, metallic rhythms are in contrast to the punishing soundtracks that preceded it.
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (Tedd Patterson vibal vocal) - (8:18) 123 BPM
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (Tedd Patterson soul kitchen dub) - (6:46) 123 BPM
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (Tedd Patterson mama needs her beats) - (5:29) 124 BPM
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (Quentin Harris back woods reproduction) - (6:07) 123 BPM
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (Quentin Harris back woods instrumental) - (6:07) 123 BPM
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (Quentin Harris Detroit beatdown reproduction) - (6:07) 123 BPM
Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen) (original deep n sexy vocal) - (8:47) 123 BPM
Review: It would be fair to say that Muted Trax has put together an excellent remix package to accompany Mike Domico's "Doin' You (Mama's In The Kitchen)". While the sultry original - a rolling, bass-heavy house jam featuring sampled harmonicas and Kennedy's perfectly pitched vocals - is fine enough, the accompanying reworks take it to another level entirely. Tedd Patterson drops a trio of reworks in his throbbing, late night tribal style - the choppy Dub, full of cut-up vocals, sirens, heavy bass and delay, being our pick - before Quentin Harris takes over. The deep, soulful house don delivers warm, inviting and swinging vocal and instrumental interpretations, plus a smooth and evocative Detroit Beatdown take.
Review: For their fourth split release. Granulart brings together well-known techno producers with some rising artists. Inigo Kennedy's "Stellation" is a great stepping track that combines the UK producer's signature crystalline synths with dense drum patterns, while on "Uncoperative Cog" Stanislav Tolkachev teams up with Albert Chiovenda for a searing rhythm track that revolves around pile-driving drums. The tracks from label regulars Kessel and Eric Fetcher are just as impressive. On "The Return of the Archons", Fetcher drops a mesmerising, dubbed out track that also features bleak synths, while Kessel's "Codebreaker" resounds to tough, visceral drums and is the kind of dense tool track that wouldn't sound out of place on a Purposemaker record.
Review: A range of house and disco styles are touched upon on this split EP from Copenhagen's Jahn Solo and New Zealand's Kennedy, coming on Manchester label Paper Disco. Driven along by insistently fluttering guitars and a full-phat bassline, Kennedy's 'Who Rocks '89' recalls nothing so much as late 80s Italian house while 'Superfly' is one part early 80s Eurodisco to one part mid-90s house euphoria. Not to be outdone, the man from Copenhagen gives us the laidback but jaunty 'It's My House' with its lively brass stabs and sing-song vocal, and 'Night People', an authentically 70s-sounding disco workout topped with a cheeky harmonica line.