Review: Given her current popularity, it's no surprise to see all-conquering house hero Maya Jane Coles mixing the latest instalment of !K7's long-running DJ Kicks series. The diminutive DJ/producer is in fine form, too, mixing up typically atmospheric house cuts and clandestine deepness with saucer-eyed late night faves and forgotten B-sides (see Bozzwell's surprisingly emotional "In My Cocoon"). As a mix it's as deep, melodic and groovy as you'd expect, with a strong vocal theme running throughout. As it progresses, it tiptoes further into bleary-eyed darkroom territory, via stand-out cuts from Marcel Dettmann, Caribou (his thrilling remix of Virgo Four), Gerry Read and T Williams. Available digitally as individual tracks or one continuous mix!
Review: Detroit native Kris Wadsworth explores techno territory on this release for Odd Even. Previous releases on the label have featured artists like NX1 and Johannes Heil, but this four-tracker sees Wadsworth easily match them in the intensity stakes. "High" is a relentless groove that resounds to ticking metallic percussion and droning synth riffs. On the title track, a similarly hypnotic aesthetic applies; while the tempo is slightly more restrained, Wadsworth builds layer upon layer of droning soundscapes over rickety drums. "Vibe" is focused on a more stepping backing track, but its firing percussion and murky textures lend it a lead-weight depth. The lithe rhythm of "Omen", which unravels to the sound of a muddy, acid-soaked bass, closes out a tougher than usual release from the Detroit artist.
Review: Well, this is surely the most special treat this week and we're not surprised it's coming from the Hypercolour mandem. These guys have been on fire over the last three years, releasing everyone worth releasing and even having them remix themselves such as on this new compilation. You have all the big guns: Maya Jane Coles, Kris Wadsworth, Tom Demac, Mark Henning, and George Fitzgerald. But, the best part of it all is that they're rewired and revamped by none other than: Bonobo, Jimmy Edgar, FaltyDL, Mr G, KiNK, Deetron, Matthew Herbert and more! We don't need to go on about how big this is...just enjoy this festival lineup in whatever way pleases you best. BIG and RECOMMENDED.
Review: Detroit's deep house don gets two wildly different interpretations from his peers. In the soulful corner, it's fellow Motor City man Jimmy Edgar, whose churning bass provides the perfect backdrop for Wadsworth's vocals and angelic chords. In total contrast, New Yorker Abe Duque's version drops the groove into an acid-flecked stuttering break beat, the accompanying strings and percussion pitch-bent and corralled into a hissing fusion of sound. Wadsworth's baleful vocals play out over the top, but the end result is chilling and eerie, closer to blunted hip-hop than a house track.