Review: Rich Thair's agenda-setting Red Snapper return with the first taste of what we can expect from their next album. Their seventh to date, it's their most psychedelic outing to date with a mad 70s Senegalese road movie concept behind it. If "Card Trick" is anything to go by, the album's going to be a real treat... Vibrant, star-gazing grooves that twist and turn by way of slippery synths and analogue textures, it's wholly immersive and will resonate with DJs across the board... From techno to disco. Remix-wise Tici Taci adds a little more dancefloor beef. Further on we find two remixes of "Village Tap"; Aunty Flo pays full attention to the emotional pianos with a subtle percussive bed and soft-yet-driving dynamics while band leader Thair unleashes his inner drummer with a deep, dubby, swinging reversion. A consummate return from one of the UK's most long-standing, free-thinking dance acts.
The Last One (feat DJ Food - DJ Food mix) - (7:23) 59 BPM
Strike One - (3:22) 93 BPM
Thomas The Fib (feat Mr Scruff - Mr Scruff mix) - (5:12) 96 BPM
Crusoe Takes A Trip (feat John McEntire - John McEntire Tortoise mix) - (6:45) 79 BPM
Son Of Mook - (5:58) 104 BPM
Son Of Mook (feat Depth Charge - Depth Charge mix) - (6:11) 105 BPM
Get Some Sleep Tiger (feat Plaid - Plaid mix) - (6:48) 68 BPM
Review: As a unit, Ali Friend, Richard Thair and David Ayers produced some of the most iconic UK dance music of the 90s. The trio have benn and still are a foundational pillar of London's mighty Warp label and, alongside the likes of Squarepusher and even the God-like presence of AFX, they will go down in history as having produced some pretty pioneering stuff. They've disbanded and regrouped several times throughout the years, and their last album for Warp came in 2000; sadly, we're not getting a new one here, but we are getting a masterfully repackaged version of their debut album, Prince Blimey. This is electronica-trip-hop-techno at its finest, blending all the best of those genres. There's moody instruments, deep basslines, psychedelic tones spewing from all angles, and a subtle hint of junglist culture. It's a timeless album and, if you haven't properly tasted it yet, we recommend you to do so. You'll wonder how you've gone on without it.