Review: Released physically as part of Warp's Record Store day activities, All U Writers / Gonna Guetta Stomp sees the welcome return to the label of Brooklyn's agit punk funk troupe !!!. Pronounced Chk Chk Chk, the ensemble have been long term fixtures of the Warp roster and this two track release provides further evidence of their talent for constructing a tight beat. Lead track "All U Writers" is a disco-tinged lick with instantly memorable vocals and a rather eerie collection of synths travelling in its underbelly, which sees the well-schooled hands of Ewan Pearson on the production buttons. "Gonna Guetta Stomp" is even weirder and even more of a hybrid tune, where a steady house beat links up with off-kilter piano keys, drunken vocals and sci-fi sonics.
Review: Seven months on from the release of their fine debut album, Be Nice To Each Other (a title that seems more apt with every passing day), Paper Recordings stalwarts 2 Billion Beats are given the remix treatment. Richard Seaborne ropes in pal GizMo to lend a hand on his rework of "Papa", a thrillingly driving, low-slung affair built around live disco bass, glistening organ stabs and rolling percussion, while Brighton's Leon Sweet casually joins the dots between rolling nu-disco and melodious deep house on his interpretation of "Slow Down". Arguably best of all, though, is Magnus International's rework of 2011 single "To Andromeda", which sees the Oslo producer pepper a loose limbed jazz breakbeat with typically woozy, Scandolearic chords and tasty analogue synthesizer melodies.