Review: Twenty years later and we're given another fresh reminder as to why Four Tet is still the guy. Released back in 99, Glasshead, in its original 11-minute form (with bizzarro breaks), sees Kieren Hebden pay tribute to some of his treasured inspirations in the jazz saxophonies of Robin Kenyatta, neu elektronik deutsche musik of Amon Duul and the early mainstream electronica of experimental pioneers Perrey and Kingsley. A future funk classic of freeform fusion, big beat jazz and electronica gone wild, get lost in the ragtime future beats of a legendary artist's formative years.
Review: Portuguese producer Ricardo Cardoso AKA Ritz returns to his regular home of Piston Recordings with his second long-player, which follows on the heels of 2019's 'Meditation'. Across its 12 tracks, '44' finds him exploring a range of deep house styles: jazz-fuelled opener could have been lifted straight off Vanessa Daou's 'Zipless' album, 'Ecstatic' is cool and dubby, while 'No Way Of Coming Out' has a blissed-out, deep prog feel. Generally speaking, though, it's classic Chi-Town deepness that's the most notable influence, and fans of Messrs Trent, Damier, Heard and Parrish will find much to enjoy here.
Theory Of Revolution (feat Georges Perin - Jay Papa remix) - (3:19) 94 BPM
Theory Of Revolution (Jay Papa instrumental remix) - (3:19) 94 BPM
Review: Greek producer Timewarp Inc's 'Theory Of Revolution' is fast approaching evergreen status. First out as the title track of his fourth album back in November, this funk-soul-reggae fusion was then given a full-on dub makeover on February's EP of remixes and instrumentals, and now it's back in single form, with Jay Papa's vocal and instrumental rubs heading in the opposite direction and toning down the reggae and dub aspects. You end up with a contemporary funk/soul cut that has the same kind of crossover appeal as Pharrell, Aloe Blacc or Cee-Lo Green - though whether it can emulate their commercial success remains to be seen.