Confirmation Bias (Jesse's live at Haista Studio mixxx) - (6:22) 118 BPM
Review: Norwegian producer Skatebard has been working away for over a decade on his own electro-flecked sound, with prime releases on Sex Tags Mania and his own Digitalo Enterprises imprint. This latest offering is for Untz Untz, and sees Bard Aasen Lodemel working a monster bass synth to devastating effect as he contorts it through all manner of filtering. The real joy is in the beat though, as it effortlessly bumps along with excellent snare fills and a gentle swing to make for a sturdy floor smasher. On a remix tip, Chmmr's "Borgerlig Konformasjon remix" takes the bassline into experimental Italo territory, while Telephones deliver an impressionistic Chicago house version filled with thick bass and deep, searching strings. Finally, Jesse's "Live at Haista Studio mixxx" offers just that, with the original bassline transformed into a hollowed out, relentlessly twisting leviathan.
Review: Dusty, slammed down disco-house cosmiq. Whatever you wanna call it; space western discoteque pop from the techno future is still fun too. With dub trailing atmospheres streaking across the face of tracks like "The Light", all three here surf the skywaves of Detroit techno and Chicago house, lifting key notes and aquatic stabs from somewhere deeper in between too. Ripping key-tars and twangs bring the funk in "Volpi Polari" with "Fluto" going to Eiffel tower heights of Jean Michelle Jarre trance and '90s warehouse beats to lift you high.
Review: Global Underground's Nubreed series has a huge amount of kudos, having brought respected DJs like Lee Burridge, Steve Lawler and Danny Howells to attention during the early 00s with a series of iconic mixes. Although it was on hold for much of the second decade of this millennium, it has been successfully resurrected and now gives the same platform to Theo Kottis. In keeping with its usual format, this instalment sees the Beautiful Strangers boss explore a range of styles and sound across two mixes. Accordingly, his selection ranges from Gigi Masin's melodic piano composition, "Maja", to the Mountain People's sensuous deep house "La Onda", taking in some underground classics like DJ Assassin's garage/house hybrid "Face in the Crowd" as well as left of centre oddities like The Horn's "Villager". It's a fitting testament to the Nubreed aesthetic.