Review: In the 12 years since he unfurled acclaimed debut album Clarence Park, one-man electronica factory Chris Clark has produced a vast body of work. He's been particularly busy on the remix front, completing a huge array of reworks. It's this work that makes up the vast majority of Feast/Beast, a remix retrospective (which, curiously, also includes some notable reworks of his material) split into two distinct halves. The first disc, Feast, focuses on the more melodic, other-worldly end of his output, delivering wide-eyed remixes of Amon Tobin, Kuedo and, most beautiful of all, Silverman. Beast, the second disc, moves into darker, tougher territory, joining the dots between techno, bass music, vintage hardcore and wonk-hop thanks to notable versions of Massive Attack, Maximo Park and Depeche Mode.
Review: The Late Night Tales mix series - going strong since way back in 2003 - never ceases to both amaze and please our eardrums when they're in need of a sonic massage. With legendary artists such as Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, MGMT and many others on their roster, you just know it's going to be quality throughout. This time it's up to Domino man Jon Hopkins to give us an outlook onto his own tastes and musical influences. The selection is vast and varied, with everyone from Four Tet to Darkstar and even Peter Broderick featuring within. An incandescent blend of sci-fi electronica, tropical bass nuggets and lighter shades of drone-fuelled house. Quality.
Review: Two years ago, Letherette launched the Mander House series via a limited-edition cassette of sweaty, hip-house influenced workouts. This belated follow-up is similarly sample based but stylistically a little different, with the sometime Ninja Tune-signed duo offering up a mixture of dusty deep house, loopy disco-house box jams and hazy, loose-limbed jazz-house. Highlights include the dewy-eyed female vocal samples, swirling strings and jazz-fired house drums of 'Break My Heart', the R&B-sampling peak-time bump of 'Too Much' (think Seven Davis Jr, and you're close), the chopped and screwed heaviness of 'I Don't Need You' and the soaring, Soundstream style disco-house weightiness of 'Triple'.
Review: Dusty, jazzy lo-fi grooves are the stock-in-trade of Wolverhampton-based duo Letherette, known to their mums and the taxman as Richard Roberts and Andrew Haber. Since producing three albums for Ninja Tune in the mid-2010s they've mostly focused on their 'Brown Lounge' mixtape series, a strategy that's presumably been working as they're now up to the fifth installment in just two years! As they rattle through 20 tracks in just over 40 minutes it's hard not to sometimes feel it would've been nice if a few of the featured sketches and scribbles had been fleshed out a little more, but this is something of a headnodder's delight nonetheless.
Review: Some six months on from the launch of their "Mander House" series of club-ready reworks, mixing tools and beats tracks, sometime Ninja Tune twosome Letherette are ready to unleash a second volume. As you'd expect, highlights are plentiful, from the cut-up blues-house bounce of "Oh Lord" and strutting, bass-heavy deep house hypnotism of "Chains", to the loopy jazz-funk-goes-disco-house bump of "Tell Me That You Like It". The EP also boasts two versions of '80s disco revision "Just For You". The first is a swinging, sun-kissed, loved-up chunk of tactile house goodness, while the second - a "Live Edit" - is a much more locked-in, percussion-heavy roller that giddily emphasizes a rubbery bassline and rush-inducing breakdowns.
Review: Wolverhampton duo Letherette are two childhood friends with a current of empathy between them so strong that they seem more like brothers. The Ninja Tune staples return to their Wulf imprint, this time with Mander House Volume 1. With the essence very much akin to their Brown Lounge beat series, Mander House sees Andy Harber and Richard Roberts up the tempo. They're all relatively short tracks which are great to use as tools or for looping and assembled like a collage - using an extensive collection of samples from dance music's yesteryear. There's one very familiar hook on the infectious house of "Major" or the lo-slung disco groove of "Baby Who" through to the melancholic and bittersweet dustiness of "I Do".
Review: Comprised of Andy Harber and Richard Roberts, Letherette have become staples of Ninja Tune - having released their third album on the imprint with 2016's Last Night On The Planet. Having recently created their own Wulf imprint (probably named after the stomping ground of Wolverhampton), Brown Lounge Vol 1 was the first Letherette album in the Brown Lounge series written between 2006 and 2008. Many of these tracks first appeared as excerpts during the heyday of Myspace and bootleg copies could be found floating around on Youtube and other sights. This is where it all began and they are pleased to announce the album will be available, digitally, for the very first time on their own imprint. There's a treasure trove of lo-slung, neon-lit and disco-tinged Balearic oddities on offer, in addition to a few blunted hip-hop joints for good measure. They are perfect as DJ tools or for looping for any serious DJs ergonomic pleasure.
Review: Wolverhampton's Letherette (aka Richard Roberts and Andrew Harber) have released a lot of work through Ninja Tune, but now they release solely through their own Wulf label. There are four full length tunes here, with an additional skit, the swirly whirly, "Wet Fig" tagged on. The overall vibe is half awake soulful house: the first tune "Feel It' includes warm chiming piano loops, thumping raw drums and out of focus vocals. Elsewhere "Flowatch", samples a cool 80s soul riff, "Side Fade" is deep 'n' distant tech-house and "Give My Love" builds into delirious New York garage from sparse beginnings.
Review: Wolverhampton based duo Richard Roberts and Andrew Harber aka Letherette return on Ninja Tune with their new full length: a 40-minute mix of previously unreleased productions have been unearthed in conjunction with their recently released second album for "Last Night On The Planet". This collection which explores ambient and deeper beats territory was originally released on a limited run cassette, but will see a digital release in 2017. Harber has stated that the tracks were "saturated onto cassette (Marantz CP430) a number of times to give it a crusty, aged and brittle edge, the playlist was conceived on a typically bleak night-bus ride through Birmingham."
Last Night On The Planet (feat Pyramid Vritra) - (4:36) 113 BPM
Review: Some three years on from the release of their acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Letherette's Andy Harber and Richard Roberts are finally ready to share the follow-up. Happily, it's another sublime set. Over the course of 10 impeccably produced tracks, the duo shimmies between dreamy instrumental hip-hop (the traditional Ninja Tune grooves of opener "Momma"), loose-limbed, jazz-flecked electronica, spacey Dam Funk style electrofunk (the brilliant "Shanel"), garage-influenced UK house ("Wootera"), blazed downtempo pop (the claustrophobic "Bad Sign"), and various strains of imaginative, colourful deep house ("Dog Brush", "Soulette"). They even find time to squeeze in one of the most beautiful cuts of the year, the crystalline "Rubu".
Review: It's been nearly three years since Letherette announced their arrival with a widely acclaimed debut album on Ninja Tune. Here, they return to Coldcut's legendary stable for the first time since. The duo begins in confident fashion, delivering a hazy, jazzy take on dusty deep house ("Rayon"), before going deeper into UK deep house/classic US house fusion with the similarly wavy and quietly positive "Look No More". They're often at their best when including post-dubstep production techniques within their garage-influenced deep house tracks, and that's exactly what's delivered on "Without You". Best of all, though, is toasty, floor-friendly closer "Don't Think About Me", which layers soulful vocal samples, twinkly samples and fluttering chords atop a deliciously warm groove.
Review: Although the Letherette duo may hail from Wolverhampton, their hearts seem to lie in sunnier climes on the basis of this release. "D&T" is a gorgeous slice of shimmering synth-heavy Euro-disco, compressed and propelling, it's the sound of hurtling down the Cote D'Azur in vintage sportscar in 1986. Clark delivers an equally killer slo-mo version, while Dorian Concept throws in some steel drums and rat-tat-tat-tat percussion in his mix; The Invisible provide a lovely chillwave mix too. Bonus track "She Shines" throws a bit of jazzy trip-hop in the mix for good measure.
Review: Emergent chameleons Letherette are making quite a splash following their initial appearances on Ho Tep and Brownswood, and they deliver their first EP for Ninja Tune with an assured tone to their hybrid sound. At times sounding positively housey and at others locked into a fractured kind of groove, the overwhelming feeling is one of savvy pop music that reaches for all the right kind of signifiers to hold weight with the underground without fearing to embrace song structures and brief moments of anthemic bombast. There is a largely downtempo feel to Featurette even when the tracks are a touch more lively, but it binds the EP together smartly to offer a cohesive group that appeal on many different levels.
Review: To celebrate notching up ten years in the game, London blog and party-turned-record label SlothBoogie has decided to offer-up their most ambitious release to date: an epic collection of previously unheard cuts from a mixture of imprint regulars and like-minded friends. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, with highlights including the sparkling jazz-funk-meets-deep house sunshine of Levan's "U R Beautiful In The Face", the deep, breakbeat-driven dreaminess of Philippa's "That's What I Mean By Free", the piano solo-heavy disco-house bump of Leatherette's "Your Love", and the dub disco-meets-acid house heaviness of "Rewind Run" by Pablot. Throw in similarly impressive contributions from Kassian, Luvless, Casino Times and Soul Wun (the classic jazz-house of "Thank You, St Germain") and you have a must-have collection.
Review: German label Compost excel with their Future Sounds of Jazz compilations and this latest instalment is no exception - ranging from the dubby, almost Dilla-inspired swing of Der Dritte Raum's "Swing Bob" to the cut 'n' paste psychedelics of Letherette's "In July Focus", via Sepalcure's mighty "Fleur". With names like The Glimmer Twins, Scrimshire, Timo Garcia and Eden all attached, quality is most definitely assured throughout.