Bitches Brew & The Beat Goes On Mix (continuous DJ mix) - (45:11) 126 BPM
Review: This is an excellent little Bitches Brew retrospective from label boss, DJ, promoter and producer extraordinaire Cosmo. Starting with the electronic soul elegy of Chi aka Cosmo's "Mistaken" branded by the distinctive vox of her long time muse Billie Godfrey, your ears are treated to Bambu's instrumental of their timeless Sergio Mendes cover and Jimpster's 2003 Rhodes heavy house rerub of Jinadu. The metallic rhythms and dubbed atmospherics of the MC Chickaboo featuring Freek by The Flaws make this a worthy purchase for those that dabble in melding deep house with more Latin and broken beat flavours.
Review: No, it's not Rowland Rat on the cover of this new EP, but the sounds contained therein could almost hail from the 80s. Except that this producer doesn't rip off the sound of that era, instead he pays homage to it by attempting to update it in a sympathetic way. He succeeds too with five contemporary-meets-vintage cuts that mix elements of boogie, soul and funk. Some of our fave retro jams here include the shimmering, soft bleep boogie of Focus, the cut-up breaks workout "Best In The World" (featuring Cheshire) and the tough grooves of rock-step jam "Good Timed".
Review: If you like your house music seriously deep and leaning towards the leftfield, this latest bullet from the Sonar Kollektiv camp shouldn't disappoint. Opener 'Yapasu' is a laidback, lazy, bass-heavy groover with male scat vox, 'Itsa' - with its fractured beats and heavy bass throb - suggests Sumo's been paying attention to goings on in the further reaches of the bass spectrum, 'Dahilt' brings the deep Afro vibes, 'Shima' is another slice of bottom-heavy machine soul, 'Setoko' is a meandering, weirded-out small hours excursion and finally 'Hokori' is a slo-mo/downtempo affair with a delicate female vocal.