Review: Jordan Lieb's Black Light Smoke project first appeared on Hafendisko back in 2011, before joining forces with Scissor & Thread for a string of notable releases. Fire In My Head is the producer's first EP for four years. There's a pleasingly dusty, analogue rich feel about all of the tracks, with the dirty house rhythms, bold pianos and woozy vocals of "Fire In My Head" just shading the deeper and woozier "Signals" in the 'best track' stakes. Pleasingly, Lieb has chosen to include instrumental Dub remixes of each of the tracks. We're particularly enjoying the acid-era dreaminess of the "Fire In My Heart" revision - the extended breakdown is particularly spine tingling - but all three are rather good.
Review: Following hot on the heels of the Lindstrom reissue, the Late Night Tales digital remasters series continues with a typically eclectic and atmospheric selection from Four Tet man Kieran Hebden. Like many other Late Night Tales selectors before and since, Hebden used the opportunity to cram in many weird and wonderful choices as possible, digging deep into his impressively left-of-centre record collection. So, we get American classical minimalism from Terry Riley, a smattering of spooky jazz numbers, the psychedelic folk-rock of Manfred Mann and Fairpoint Convention, off-kilter experimental hip-hop from Gravediggaz and Madvillain, and some clicky electronica from Manitoba. Predictably, the included DJ mix joins the dots in fine style.
Review: The most noteworthy thing about this third sampler for Graeme Clark's first official album of Revenge reworks is the presence of a previously unreleased, frankly excellent dub. Alongside his ace, disco/house rub of Vance & Suzanne's "I Can't Get Along Without You" is a brand new Dub, which takes the cut further towards loopy, hypnotic house territory. Also worthy of note are the Johnny Adams and Electric Smoke edits. The latter offers a super-deep version of original boogie cut "Freak It Out" - tweaked, teased and EQ'd for contemporary dancefloors - whilst the former is a fairly faithful disco-funk rework that bristles with heavyweight horns and slick guitars.