Review: Claremont 56 offshoot Leng becomes the latest illustrious label to be graced by the considered production excellence of Portugal's finest, Tiago. And gosh darn it if the producer hasn't delivered his finest solo work to date in the sprawling gothic disco of "The Source". A guttural acid gurgle and steady percussive throb are the constants on a track that soars through a multiplicity of heavily delayed and truly spellbinding effects. It's the gloriously fuzzy organ refrain that takes over as the track approaches the run out groove that marks the ascension of "The Source" into must-have material. Adding a further gloss of greatness is the accompanying Slow Rave Mix from Claremont/Leng overseer Mudd which brilliantly swamps the acid undertones in a thick viscous bottom end, adding some weight to the bass and introducing a superbly wigged out electro synth line which gets increasingly jagged as the remix progresses.
Review: Very much like the work of label founder Tiago, you're never quite sure what to expect from Interzona 13. This latest label EP - featuring work from Tiago himself - is as eccentric, left-of-centre - and enjoyable as you'd expect. Sitting somewhere between cut-and-paste, sample-heavy reworks, original production and re-edits, all four tracks bristle with psychedelic ideas. Opener "Para Quem" is a humid, chopped-up Balearic soul affair, while "Andar E Esquecer (2)" layers picturesque - if slightly unsettling - music box melodies, rubbery bass and backwards guitars over a bumpin' deep house groove. "Roy Brooks" is a trippy, dubbed-out jazz house affair, while closer "Reach Out & Touch Somebody" expertly combines psychedelic disco and rock samples with a heavy, relentless techno groove.