Review: Thunder Jam's latest EP comes from a producer yet to make his (or her) mark in music, the capital letter loving REZ. The artist has another EP due out on Hatched soon; if this debut EP is anything to go by, that will be well worth a listen. We're particularly enjoying the chugging, slow-motion disco-rock head-nod that is opener "Too Cool To Be Careless", a revision of a well-known 1980s AM radio hit that will have your dancefloors singing along when the chorus eventually drops. Elsewhere, "Believe In Magicians" re-imagines a quirky and bluesy swing number into a locked-in chunk of hip-house, while "It Was All A Dream" successfully rearranges a slap-bass sporting chunk of "juicy", 80s-inspired 1990s hip-hop/R&B.
Review: Hi REz is a Californian producer who has caught the re-edit bug. Alpaca Edits are helping him work through this fever. So far he's tackled the likes of Phil Collins, The Stones, Sade and Nina Simone. Now he's tackling the big guns again with Dionne Warwick's fur-lined disco ballad "Deja vu", slowed down into a touchy feely haze. Next Silver Connection's "Fly Robin Fly" is again slowed down, this time into Italo disco style arpeggiated glory and finally the mighty Al Green's "Love & Happiness" gets gently retweaked into a four to the floor jam. Impressive work!
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous movement is starting to become a frightening prospect, as they put together yet another storming release, this time alongside St Louis native: Rez. From start to finish the EP is a dubsteppers delight, as we tuck into the delicious designs of the title track 'The Valley', followed by the minimized growls of 'Item 9' and incredibly punchy drum/ reese combos of 'One By One'. From here we step into the evil atmosphere and metallic bass maneuvers of 'Borders & Boundaries' before finishing up with the matured percussive rolls and spacious drum work of 'Diagon Alley'. This is a great overall project and yet another instant classic from the DD&D team!