Review: It has been quite the musical transformation of Australian west coast legend Greg Packer. A veteran of Perth's electronic music scene, who long time championed the sounds of drum & bass/jungle for a couple of decades, he created the the Dr. Packer alias as an outlet for his new found love of disco and has since enjoyed some of the biggest success in his career thus far. Ahead of a full-length album coming on Glitterbox Recordings, the reigning king of disco re-edits presents four of his versions of soulful dancefloor favourites old and new, giving a flavour of what's to come from the LP. From the uplifting soul power of LaTrece's "I Want To Thank You" (Dr Packer Re Edit), a downright electrifying slo-mo take on a funky house classic to "Bad Habit" by ATFC featuring Lisa Millett, and Soul Rebels powerful 'I'll Be Good" featuring Lisa Miller.
Review: Kicking off the double-headed mix album opus that forms the third such compilation on their own Monkeytown imprint, this EP offers up the individual tracks for those who crave them. The first disc unfurls in serene electronica tones from such luminaries as Fennesz, Nosaj Thing and somewhat surprisingly The Fall. Akkord's supple, dark techno gets channeled here into a more brooding broken beat excursion, but it's more of an exception to the sweet-natured quality in most of the tracks. When the likes of Howling and Born In Flamez close out the compilation, the tone has shifted to outright indie styles with a Sigur Ros regality about them.
Ragga Twins & Cogee - "All In Check" (Remaster feat Aquasky) - (6:58) 138 BPM
Living Legends (Remaster feat Aquasky) - (5:45) 128 BPM
Coffee (Remaster feat Aquasky) - (7:07) 138 BPM
Who Inspired You? (DJ Chef continuous mix) - (1:17:42) 138 BPM
Review: Flinty Badman and Deman Rockers' historical compendium hits second volume stage with an equally firing collection of reversions, remasters and stone cold classics produced and remixed by the likes of long-term production partners Aquasky, Rico Tubbs and 601. From the sinewy acid wriggles of "Loko" to the rampant rips and tears of "Soundbwoy Killa" to the tech-drenched dancehall stamps of "Raggatron", this is an irrefutable lesson in UK bass culture from electronic music's most versatile and distinctive MCs. Step out!
Review: Estonian producer and head honcho at DubThing and DepthWise, Thing steps up to Doc Scott's 31 imprint with two slick iced-out gems. "Future Roots" rolls with slippery sonic attitude. All subby and spooky, its dynamics are instantly distinctive and wholly deadly. "Untitled Render" flips with alien funk as ricocheting rhythmic elements pop and spring with tight presence. Two uncompromised slabs of darkness, Thing is writing a whole new chapter right now.