Monty Luke - "Behavior Detection" - (6:21) 121 BPM
Pixelife - "Five Month Survey" - (9:39) 120 BPM
Pixelife - "The Doctor Is Out" - (5:33) 122 BPM
Review: NYC label Throne Of Blood pay tribute to Monty Luke's Black Catalogue by inviting the chieftain himself and label-mates the Carter Bros to curate the A-side of their latest release, Throne Of Black Catalogue. The Carters provide a tunnelling, and at times progressive "Jamaica Burning" (version 2)", while Luke supplies a fuzzy-keyed, snare popping burner with "Behaviour Detection" - a track which sounds like a well behaved Kyle Hall. Horn Wax's Pixelife then delivers two tracks, with "5 Month Survey" fit for any jacking Ibiza dancefloor; "The Doctor Is Out" stays in the jacking zone too - with its marching snares, there's an added triumphant italo aspect.
Review: Steadily working his way up with a sumptuous deep house sound, Monty Luke, Carl Craig's right-hand man at Planet E, appears on his own fledgling imprint with some surefire party rockers. "Yesterday & Today" ticks away in all the right places, using an urgent vocal to create tension while the same relentless bassline keeps hammering away at your dancing organs. "Tomorrow" is a stranger affair, taking an unconventional approach to beat-mapping which calls to mind the earliest drum machine workouts of the early Detroit forefathers. With pads to match, it's clearly a nod from Monty to those that came before him and he makes it work a treat.
Review: American underground hero Monty Luke returns with more hot tracks from his Black Catalogue. The Detroit based imprint follows up some great releases recently by Bay Area producer Sepehr and legend Dave Aju with this great various artists EP. The label boss himself kicks things off under the Mandingo alias with the deep hi-tech soul transmission of Mandingo - "Jabari", and reappears with Slope 114 on the trippy deepness "Crystal Ball" led by some truly sultry vocals, Minimal house don Thomas Melchior kicks off Modern Underground Music Vol 4 with the hypnotic sorcery of "What The?" and ending things on a well funky note with the late night dusty disco flavour of "Stop Playin'"
Review: 2020 Vision sub label Fina is still delivering the goods, this time courtesy of Motor City staple and Black Catalogue main man Monty Luke. There's a whole heap of seriously dark soul jams on here and they all pack some punch. Take for instance the tough, bass driven tech house of "Your Love" or even "Rude Photo" which is deeper and sexier but with equal intensity. But our money is on "Ghostown Traffic": a thumpin', funky, surefire dancefloor bomb that'll do the job any night and very typical of the Monty Luke we know. The glitchy and uplifting broken beat on "Turn Out (FM Mix)" commands your attention too. Nice one!
Review: While Modern Underground Music Volume 1 may be a cumbersome title, it's certainly accurate. You see, this split EP is unflinchingly contemporary and touches on a multitude of styles and sounds. There's some loose, off-beat, hip-hop influenced instrumental action (Artie Strongman's delicious "Impressed To Dress"), some fuzzy analogue house gear (the Disco Nihlist-ish "Chasing Rainbows" by Fholston Paradigm) and even a dash of spacious, slightly cosmic hip-house (Monty Luke's "Through The Galaxies"). The Carter Brothers also dazzle with their trip back to the days of loose-limbed techno (check the Detroit riffage and tribal drums on "Ritual Business"), while Kuru goes all crunchy and spooky on the excellent "The Draconian Hybrids". Top stuff.