Review: On this occasion, Nineteen shows that the proverb about the apple not falling too far from the tree is correct. The daughter of label owner Robert Hood, Lyric has collaborated with her father on the Floorplan project for the past few years. However, this solo release shows that she has developed a distinctive sound. The title track is a driving, stomping affair that sees Hood junior take inspiration from her father as she deploys insistent filtered stabs. On "11:11", Lyric opts for a tougher approach: the kicks are tougher, the rhythm at a higher pace and the percussive stabs will destroy any dance floor.
Review: Lyric Hood follows last year's Nineteen debut on M Plant with this superb two-tracker. "Everything" features a woozy filter, hypnotic vocals and a series of subtle break downs and builds, with all of these elements supported by a sleek, linear groove. Meanwhile "Social Distance" sees Lyric address a universal facet of contemporary life; it's reflected in the track's mood, with nightmarish synths looped over a driving rhythm and snares that fire with machine-gun intensity. She may be the younger member of the Floorplan project, but clearly Lyric has got the same intuitive feeling for crafting techno as her pioneering father.
Review: 2020 marks the 25th year of !K7's acclaimed DJ-Kicks series with Mr Scruff following contributions of late from Leon Vynehall, Laurel Halo, Peggy Gou and Kamaal Williams! Mr Scruff's adventures in sound brings to DJ-Kicks more than 30 tracks of wildly varying styles featuring highlighted music from Equiknoxx, Tiger, Errorsmith, Max Graef and Zongamin. Scruff brings to his edition an exclusive collaboration with CyberPunkJazz ("3001: A Space Disco Remix") and an unreleased track from Andy Ash to boot. Alexander Robotnik makes in there with the wild New York post-funk of "Love Supreme" alongside a heavy Tony Allen percussion session in "Gbedu B". DJ Nervoso for the win too!