Review: After six long years, Bent's Naill Tolliday has decided to re-activate his lesser-known Smoke alias, a pseudonym he has previously used to showcase the more minimalistic, dub-fired and hypnotic end of his house and techno productions. As you'd expect, the tracks on EP3 fall into this loose category too. Check first 'DBSDUB2', a hypnotic and trippy dub house number wrapped in spacey, late '90s UK tech house synths, before admiring the more percussive but no less drowsy or immersive 'BAQDUB'. There's a sleazier late night feel to the similarly dub techno influenced throb of 'HOTARU', while 'BAUCH3' is the kind of gently loved-up and locked-in number that would sound superb ushering in daybreak at a remote outdoor free party.
Review: Disques Debs is the longest-running and most prolific label to have come out of the Francophone Caribbean. Based in Guadeloupe and helmed by producer and musician Henri Debs, the label ran from the late 1950s to the early 2000s and released over 200 LPs and 300 45s, playing a pivotal role in bringing the creole music of Guadeloupe and Martinique to a wider international audience. Formidable compilers Strut, with the help of Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) and Emile Omar (Roseaux) bring together a second Disques Debs compilation this time chronicling the label's '70s era during a time when the likes of Super Combo, Typical Combo and Les Vikings commanded the label's then-catalogue by breaking through the Caribbean diaspora into Europe and in doing so bringing a new vision of Caribbean music to the world.
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.