Review: It's encouraging to hear that And It Was Good, Klasse Recordings founder Luca Lozano's latest retro-futurist outing for Optimo Trax, was inspired by his time growing up in Sheffield, circa the turn of the '90s. You can certainly hear the influence of the Steel City - and early Warp Records material, in particular - in "Fantasy FM", which sounds like Sweet Exorcist style bleep techno fused with Tuff Little Unit's dreamy, bleep-era deep house gem "Join The Future". There's more clanking drum machines and attractive bleep melodies to be found on "Third Eye Open", while the intoxicating "Telekom" - all psychedelic electronic riffs and bubbling techno bottom-end - sounds like a long lost Xon cut. The superb, lunar-inspired title-track is pretty tasty, too.
Review: Following on from their excellent Hands of Doom collaboration on Sex Tags, Lozano and Fett Burger get together again. On this occasion however, Lozano delivers three tracks, with Fett Burger providing a remix. The title track is a tracky, acidic affair, based on a discordant rhythm and shot through with high-pitched vocal snippets. "Come With Me" is closer in sound to Hands of Doom, with its robust break beats supporting ponderous tones and bleeps. It sets the scene for "The Afterworld", an atmospheric, fluid track, supported again by lithe back beats, while Fett Burger sends the track into a dreamy state, with a balmy, serene house groove.
Review: Perhaps before he was swanning about running Klasse Recordings and all, Luca Lozano worked in customer services vowing one day to serve musical revenge on all the insufferable souls one serves in that world. Whatever the inspiration, we now have a killer new four trackers from the man. Echoes of early Warp abound as always - "Super Rhythm Track" features mocking bleeps over a techno pulse, "The Path Of Most Resistance" is angrier, drawing on late 80s hardcore for vibes. Elsewhere "The Faith" is deep, sparse and bleepy whilst "No Team In Lozano" is moody Chicago house at its best.
Review: In the space of just a few years, Luca Lozano has made a busy schedule for himself. Managing Klasse Records and Grafiti Tapes, he has released a load of music both form himself and a number of artists, such as Kris Wadsworth and DJ Fett Burger, among many others. This time he's up on the excellent Super Rhythm Trax with a little vintage flavor; "Outer Space" makes up the A-side and it's a gorgeous, break-ridden dance stepper in the same vein as stuff from the likes of Horsepower Productions, back in their day. On the flipside, "End Of Line" is a certified UK swinger, a grimey beast of a tune with a heavy percussion march and that inimitable London feel. Recommended.
Review: Tsuba bossman Kevin Griffiths has assembled an impressive quartet of talents on this fifth and final edition of the label's well-regarded Last of the Samurai series of EPs. Klasse chief Luca Lozano kicks things off with "Crucificks", a curious and slightly eccentric fusion of winding melodies and heavyweight 303 work that builds to a rough, acid-flecked climax. Cardiff-based Bristolian Owain K goes deep and techy on the basement-ready "Flush", which is reminiscent of his excellent work with Jamie Anderson for Dessous. Nil By Mouth go cowbell crazy on their swinging, loose-limbed tribute to wonky New York alt-disco, "Lumbar", before Little Fritter draws things to a close with the groovy and driving "Fifth Avenue Funk".