Review: We find ourselves returning to legendary R&S records for this one as they invite the spectacular combination of both Kettama and Lone inside for a three track thrill ride. We begin with the latin-infused drum work and glitchy synth shivers of 'The Way You Feel', which sets the tone for the project through its overall euphoric nature. Next up, 'Anniversary' arrives from Kettama on solo duty, deploying a vibrant display of percussive pushes and spacey pads, before Lone's 'Dragonrush' original combines lethal electric synth pulses with acidic filtration and high energy drum maneuvers to deliver a certified smash.
Review: The latest release on the Boysnoize compilation is a compilation that draws on the label's fine electro and techno legacy. "Travis" by label owner Boys Noize is an acid-soaked, stripped back jacker, while in contrast, Strip Steve delivers a disco-sampling banger on "Dancin". Both Cardopusher and Djedjotronic's contributions focus on tougher, electro-techno rhythm tracks, underpinned by ominous bass, while at the deeper end of the spectrum, there's Jan Driver, who fuses bass drops with a chugging groove and hypnotic synth flourishes. Boysnoize also deserves kudos for scoring a track from Lone, with the UK producer's "For Ed" showcasing his melodic, offbeat approach to techno.
Review: Rounding off its series of tenth-anniversary celebrations, the De:tuned label serves up a mixture of the classic and the modern. This split release starts in firing mode, with Plaid departing from their usual script to deliver a wild 303 reshape of Humanoid's "St18818R", which had appeared on a previous tenth anniversary release. Erik Van Den Broek aka Shiver follows with the reflective deep techno of "Primerose" - a new version of a track also previously issued on De:tuned. Remaining in this mood is Steven Rutter's "Formulate", where the former B12er wraps airy melodies around a steely rhythm, before Lone brings down the curtain with the mellow break beats of "Dream Ache".
Review: It's always good to see the Ancient Astronauts team land a new release in the store and this latest offering from Lone is just what the doctor ordered. It provides an in-depth exploration into bass music as a whole, kicking off with the euphoric chord expansions and glittering arpeggiators that constantly evolve within the realms of 'Glyphic'. Next, the title track 'Not Seeing Is A Flower' arrives with a more hard-edged dancefloor readiness, doused in techno basses and colourful atmospheric sweeps, before we finish up on the more hip-hop inspired rhythms and crunchy harmonic delvings of 'Boketto'.
Review: There's much to admire about Kamaal Williams' contribution to the long running DJ Kicks series, not least the producer, DJ and keyboardist's blend of self-made exclusives (both under his name and his alternative Henry Wu alias) and largely overlooked gems. Highlights in the former category include a stunning live version of "Snitches Brew", the jazzy Latin house of "Projections" (a Henry Wu hook-up with Earl Jeffers) and "Lowrider", a jazz guitar-propelled cut from his collaborative Yusuf Kamaal project. In the latter category, we'd suggest wrapping your ears around Awanto 3's dusty and ultra-deep "Pregnant", the deep jazz-funk bliss of Diggs Duke's "Cause I Love You", the up-tempo dancefloor soul of Peven Everett's "Stuck" and the slow motion wonder that is Steve Spacek's "Hey There".
Review: As ever with a Lone release, we couldn't wait to get our ears involved as he touches down for some fresh heat alongside the team at Ancient Astronauts. We have been trained to expect the unexpected when these EP's come knocking, this one kicking off with some super vibrant drum work and colourful percussive expressions on 'Abraxas', a track which drives forward with weighty sub textures and the occasional flutey slice. Next up we take a trip down a more breaksy avenue as 'Young Star Cluster' combines a marimba-like lead melody with subtle drum chops for some spacey feels. Finally, finish off with another switch up in style as 'How Can You Tell' arrives on this scene with a pad-heavy angelic introduction which quickly moves into spacey breakbeats and potent bass tones. Another fantastic display from Lone!
Review: UK producer Matt Cutler aka Lone delivers the final instalment in his Ambivert Tools series of EPs. Like previous editions, The London based producer borrows respectfully from classic house aesthetics while decorating them with a vibrant and contemporary edge - much like the tracks released on his acclaimed Magicwire imprint. The evocative and breakbeat driven "Pulsar" conjures up memories of the late '90s, sounding like an excerpt from Sasha & Digweed's seminal Northern Exposure series. "Oedo 808" goes down a solid electro bass route and the sensual latin house flair of "Blue Moon Tree" intoxicates you with its shimmering chord progressions and hypnotic bongo rhythms.
Review: "!Kollections" banner. Each focuses on a certain aspect of the long-running label's vast back catalogue. The fourth edition, for example, focused on disco. "Reflections", the latest volume, is not as tight stylistically and instead gathers together tracks that tend towards the deep, poignant, beautiful and melancholy. There are many treats amongst the 27 showcased selections, with highlights including an impeccable chunk of string-laden downtempo pop from DJ Tennis and Fink, a dreamy slice of loved-up house warmth from Lone, the bustling, dream house era Mediterranean holiday memories of Mugwump's "God is Gracious" and the thrusting, big room-friendly late night hypnotism of Dubfire's "Dust Devil".
Review: Representing a spread of some of the strongest operators in the ever-more fractious world of electronica, Bleep celebrates ten years of operations with this strong package of exclusive tracks. The styles run the gamut from nervy droning sub-techno courtesy of Gas through to Nathan Fake's charmingly fuzzy melodic bombast. Notable inclusions come from Machinedrum with an excellent line in live drum funk, Autechre refiguring the slow jam as a hallucinatory march, and Shackleton turning out some fiery percussive patterns. When the cast also includes Lone, Oneohtrix Point Never, Untold and many more besides, who needs any more convincing?
Review: Dekmantel commence their fifth anniversary series with a weighty three-track offering. Awanto3 serves up a roaming 12 minutes of understated groove for the slow blend, employing a moody key line and punchy disco beat to ride out in a haze of warm-up bliss. Makam is a little more in yer face, taking a classic funk sound base to create a masterclass in feeling good without trying too hard. Lone brings his own inimitable style to bear on "Risttowe", full of electronica synth warbles and jacking beats yet still ploughing the same delirious, dreamy furrow that so much Dekmantel output manages to wind up in.
Review: Ever a dazzling and surprising upstart in the UK scene, Lone once again slaps his multicoloured hand across your chops with a loose and funky take on the wonkier side of house music. Wigflex is certainly the right label to be dropping this kind of track, being particularly adept at knowing a cheeky dose of silly but slick party fodder when they hear it. The beats bump hard on this tune, but really it's the loping lead melody that makes this the kind of jam that will stop the dance in its tracks and cause mass-hysterical body popping.