Review: Finnish dub soldier LAS returns to Innamind with two skin-singeing smoke-stackers. All foggy and dense, both "Gunfam" and "This Morning" hit with real weight and mysticism. The former comes with more of dancefloor edge due to its slight skip in the kicks and a gangster hook. The latter, as the name suggests, is total sunrise material thanks to its evocative chords, trembling synths and sense of restraint. This one's a percy.
Review: Proof - as if we need it - that bass music has a long, long way to go before it runs out of ideas, as here Las has created five reasons why contemporary dub still inspires, motivates and captures the imagination. The strange, trippy riff on the title track summarises this consummately, as does the rich mischievous dub bubbles of "Pirates". Further on we hit the more dancefloor aimed "Lesson" as the rich tribal rhythm paves the way for some ace vocal sample abuse and a bassline that lollops so hard it might damage your needle. "Temper" plays the perfect role of grand finale: powered by a paranoid palpitating sub bass and doubled up kicks, we're suddenly stopped in our tracks by a stunning classical piano refrain. Game changers, the lot of them.
Review: As always with the Innamind team, we are in for somewhat of a treat here as Las unveils a weighty six track experiment, kicking off with the siren-like synth leads and scattered percussive grooves of 'Flo'. From here, the pleasing, spacey chord progressions and pulsating sub structures of 'Trippin' arrive in a flash before the aquatic bass tones and glittering chiming flutters of 'Float' bring us something completely different. Following this, 'Swamp Dub' stays very true to its name with some squelchy bass work before the dubwise drum designs of 'Tarot' and slow marching bass notation of 'Morning Glow Dub' put the final touches on a pretty exceptional package.
Review: Fresh from developing their Blacklist project, Innamind return their focus to the mother label with a collabo joint of heavyweight proportions. From the sleazy live bass lollops and dancefloor creeper sensations of "Outlaw", you know you're in for a treat. Other highlights include "Farout", where strange mid-range bass tones skip playfully around a heavily textured vocal sample, and "Drumspeak", where immense layers of percussion and rhythms are stitched with serious attention to detail. Powerful.
Review: Any (of the many) fans of luscious lounge lizards Mo' Horizons currently tearing their hair out with anticipation of their new album can now whet their appetite with this stop-gap treasure trove courtesy of Agogo. Divided into two halves, we initially have the Hannover duo (Ralf Droesemeyer and Mark Wetzlar)'s latest LP, The Banana Soundsystem, overhauled and remixed before being treated to a further selection of the pair's most impressive remixes of other artists. Mo' Horizons like to celebrate 'the art of musical cross fertilization' and it's never been more true here, with 21 tracks overflowing with international influences.
Review: Label boss Mathias Lederer (DJ Galletas Calientes) has experienced the dark side of the palm tree and he wants to spread the word! The most effective way of doing so, he reckons, is to release this 16-track compilation that aims to provide some unexpectedly thrilling fusions of genres such as cumbia, acid jazz, merengue, moombahton, psychedelic rock and experimental electronics. The majority of acts are Colombian producers and bands, but he's also found some tropical electronic acts from Holland, France, Germany and Venezuela resulting in a sonic version of a ritual ayahuasca session with a mountain shaman!