Tight In The Pocket (original mix) - (7:01) 132 BPM
My Lita (Mark Broom remix 1) - (5:18) 128 BPM
My Lita (Mark Broom remix 2) - (5:39) 130 BPM
My Lita (Spencer Parker Work mix) - (6:13) 130 BPM
Review: This is P.Leone's second release on Rekids this year and consolidates the US producer's reputation as a purveyor of forward-thinking techno. "My Lita" revolves around tough, steely kicks but also features dreamy synths and warm, vocal-soaked filters that recall the 90s disco house of Motorbass and Etienne De Crecy. On "Tight in the Pocket", he changes tact; centred on robust broken beats, firing percussion and a mean, system-levelling bass, it shows that the E-Missions boss is also adept at crafting tough techno. Rekids has tapped Mark Broom and Spencer Parker to rework the title track. The Beardman boss drops a sinewy bass workout on his first version and chord-heavy dub techno for his second take, with Parker delivering a firing, filtered rework.
Review: El Dorado is P.Leone aka Salvatore Carlino's third and most impressive release for Work Them. On "El Dorado (Bump Yo Ass Off Mix)", he mines the rich musical legacy of his home town of New York. Tough beats, inspired by those drums that featured on dub versions back in the 90s, provide the back drop for a diva vocal sample that's encased in a whooshing, swirling filter. "Dancing To Get Your Back" sees the fast-rising house producer opt for a radically different approach. Underpinned by rough break beats, it features insistent, deft filters and, bubbling beneath the surface, rave stabs from the hazy early 90s.
Review: This is the first in a three-part compilation series on Bpitch, named after Ellen Allien's party. This volume is an uncompromising collection that takes influence from 90s styles: Allien herself drops the buzzsaw, Heckmann-style "XTC", while Lady Starlight's mesmerising, acid-soaked "Re-15" occupies similar territory. On "Force Majeure" Introversion channels the energy of early Drumcode for a bombastic, drum-heavy workout and Nocow's "Let Em Fall" sounds like man update on DBX's minimalism, with a pared back, jacking rhythm paired with time-stretched vocal samples. Bpitch also deserves kudos for showcasing original techno innovators, and the he compilation includes DJ T-1000's pile-driving "Frequency Kill".