Electric Safari (Roman Flugel remix) - (5:41) 121 BPM
Electric Safari (dub mix) - (7:41) 121 BPM
Electric Safari (Roman Flugel dub mix) - (5:05) 121 BPM
Review: Rogue D and Memoryman AKA Uovo are old studio buddies. While this surprise single on Crosstown Rebels is not their first joint outing to be released- their collaborations have previously featured on Rebellion, DFD, Snatch and Too Many Rules - it's undoubtedly their most high profile to date. In its original form, 'Electric Safari' throbs and builds impressively, with energy-packed percussion fills, creepy chords, squiggly synth notes and fluid piano motifs riding a driving, kick-drum-driven groove and foreboding electronic bassline. The pair's own Dub mix is as trippy and mind-altering as you'd expect, while Roman Flugel weighs in with two impressive reworks: a dark and hypnotic 'Remix' that emphasises the pair's arpeggio-style bassline while adding denser tech-house drums, and a deeper, more spacey 'Dub' that sounds ripe for early morning plays.
Review: Milan based Take It Easy label and party is back. This third drop comes from label owners Dirty Channels, Bugsy and DJLMP with the addition of the historical Italian dj and Paradise Pizza's label owner Memoryman aka Uovo. After their big success "Watchin Out" and "Catch Me", Dirty Channels open the EP with an Afro-influenced sample stomper followed up by an afrobeat vocal tool by DJLMP. "I Wonder" brings some crackly Detroit atmosphere by Memoryman aka Uovo. "Pomiri Dan" completes the set, percussive sample stomper by Bugsy on his first appearance on the label.
Review: Inspired by Italy's rich history of re-imagining American funk, soul, disco, boogie and jazz-funk, Soul Clap's latest compilation offers up ten tasty cuts from contemporary Italian producers who draw heavily on this heritage. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the throbbing boogie-house badness of "Machete" by Tigver & Woods, and the high-octane experimental electronic Afro-jazz of Boot & Trax, to the chiming dub disco of DJ Rocca, the spaced-out cosmic funk/nu-disco fusion of Funk Rimini's "Don't Smoke" and the rich, treacly, techno-tempo deep house brilliance of Deep88's dream house tribute, "SP1200". Throw in further fine cuts from Lele Saachi, Memoryman and Jolly Mare (the 21st century P-funk/cosmic disco fusion of "Dribbling") and you have a certifiably excellent collection of cuts.
Review: Toolroom Live 01 is a behemoth. At 61 tracks large, inclusive of three continues DJ mixes, this new concept by Toolroom, as they say, is to highlight key artists, present new tracks, and give their fans a taste of the live experience. On here there's music from Harvey Mckay, Gary Beck and Maison Sky, to Bat For Lashes, Hot Since 82 and label owner Mark Knight, and if you're looking to grasp the Toolroom Live concept (and other oddities you might not expect), while getting some bang from your buck, this release is a well informed start.