Malka Tuti is a new record label founded by Asaf Samuel and Katzele, two of the founders of Tel-Aviv's 84%Creativity collective. Following up great releases by Tapan and Die Orangen, they now present a bunch of hot remixes by top names in the underground of C Cat Trance: a post-punk band from Nottingham, England. Formed by John Rees Lewis after his departure from Medium Medium, they released five albums before splitting up in the mid-1990s. Local hero Autarkic gives their 1986 single "Screaming (To Be With You)" (feat The White Screen) a new school exotic swagger yet still retaining the fine rock sensibilities of the originals. Optimo's JD Twitch delves even deeper into the exotic on his hazy Middle Eastern journey and Sneaker takes the avant-garde "I Looked For You" into even more abstract terrain that almost defies description.
Sneaker makes his debut on Uncanny Valley, with an EP supposedly inspired by a hot, humid stay in Indonesia. There's certainly something decidedly sweaty and tropical about the intensely percussive "White Glow" (featuring guests Al Goz and Helena, whose stylish vocal perfectly fits the cacophonous, guitar-ridden groove), while "Misty Mirror" sounds like the product of a combination of tropical fever, and too many nights spent listening to eyeliner-wearing new wave and post punk records. The dubby, wide-eyed and decidedly out-there "Sumatra Rain" - a kind of alt-rock house track, with added post-punk attitude -is similarly inclined, while "Run To You" (a bizarre but brilliant Brian Adams cover) is deeper, but no less fuzzy. Interesting stuff, all told.
Dresden-based imprint Uncanny Valley reach release number four with this three track EP from Sneaker, Cvbox and Stefan Lohse. Sneaker's "You Think You Think" kicks things off with claps and a chuggy bass forming the rhythmic thrust along with some decidedly metallic synth twangs! Cvbox's "Machinematch" gurgles with acidic intent, while Lohse's "Pl'a'tschern" is comprised of water drips and an ominous thudding techno bass drum serving as the metronomic pulse, before a warped bassline comes in to provide the track with that oddball charm that Uncanny Valley specialise in. Be sure to keep and ear out for release number five, which will be helmed by Jacob Korn (with a notable deviation in terms of artwork from previous releases). UV is fast becoming an essential little label.
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