Die Form - "Fear Of The Bloody Night" (IBM Industrial Strength dub) - (7:20) 128 BPM
Review: After a strong first release Contort Yourself returns with "Events at the Fatal Party" which comes over more as a description than a title, brimming with a bubbling sense of tension and fear. Hamburg duo Fallbeil kick things off in impressive style with a crunchy acid monster which twists and turns followed by two killer proto-techno cuts from legendary French industrial band Die Form from their 1985 tape Hurt. Here we find ourselves in a unsettling scenario with metallic voices scowling over clanging machines and guitar feedback in an unhinged way. The mysterious Slugbug (L.I.E.S./Russian Torrent Versions) starts the flip with "GOBACK", a creeping acidic beast moving unstoppably forward as a reverberating voice ripples throughout. Any calm is then shattered by IBM a.k.a. Jamal Moss whose remix of Die Form hammers home a tough seven minutes of mangled synths, bubbling acid and thundering drums. A highly recommended, intense journey.
InnaSelf & Fluid Form - "Out Of Reach" - (6:22) 172 BPM
Butterflies & Kisses - (5:31) 175 BPM
May Field - (4:48) 174 BPM
Summer Rio - (5:54) 174 BPM
Review: One of Soul Deep's most prolific and consistent producers returns with five more premium funk affairs. We kick off with a VIP of this summer's piano-licked "Sunshine", "Out Of Reach" pays more attention to the jazzier textures while "Butterflies & Kisses" aligns itself with the Technimatics or Pennygiles's of the world with subtle soul and sparsity, "May Field" rolls out with a beautiful selection of samples in the same way Utah Jazz does so well. Finally we hit "Summer Rio" where a Latin piano riff whisks us off to sunnier climes for the autumn. If you're familiar with John B's short sojourn into Latin D&B around 15 years ago you'll be all over this.