Review: The second EP of remixes from Man Jumping's reissue on Emotional Rescue features luminaries Bullion, Reckonwrong, Gengahr and William Doyle with their reversions of songs from the Jumpcut album.
Nathan Jenkins aka Bullion follows his recent rerub of Thomas Leer (ERC072) to provide two remixes. His remake of In The Jungle keeps the originals (leftfield) dance floor roots, but sprinkles the ubiquitous warm glow and off kilter fun(k) that he evokes; while his retake of Walk On, Bye drifts back, highlighting intricate percussion; congas, bass and vocal atmospherics along some breezy swing.
Reckonwrong is next; turning the bossa vibes of Sqeezi into his own new wave meets Italo reversion; topped with his unique 'under the cupboard stairs' vocals. Funky, driving, this overlooked star adds to his cannon for Whities, Pinkman and DEEK.
After a string of impressive releases for Trangressive / Beggars, Gengahr make a surprise addition, lifting Down The Locale from deceptive beginnings to anthemic heights, adding echo-laden guitar and vocals to the original's underbelly, before a bass break and return lifts to the heavens.
Finally, William Doyle provides perfect closure. Moving away from his East India Youth moniker (XL Recordings), his output has drifted towards ambient introspection, however, here points to addtional layers; rebuilding Belle Dux On The Beach with added bass, guitar, drums and finally vocals that culminate in a prefect 'to the skies' outrospection.
Review: Joseph Ashworth is known as a house and techno producer, but his latest outing on Disco Halal finds him exploring more downtempo/leftfield territory. Imagine getting Burial to produce a 1980s Kate Bush track in the style of those "chill-out" mixes you used to get of fluffy Eurotrance records in the late 90s, and you're somewhere close to an idea of what the Original Mix of 'Breathe' (feat Vanity Fairy) sounds like. Dropping the female vocal (well, mostly) gives the Instrumental a slightly darker feel, but for dancefloor play head for the Tunnelvisions Remix, which makes great use of an old school breakbeat and a dubby bassline.
Review: For the deepest digging label out there Music From Memory brings together a highlighted retrospective of songs from Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Priscilla Ermel. Drawn from a body of work that was originally recorded between 1986 and 1994, it's the label's first release for 2020 which dives deeper into an epoch of music touched upon in the label's Outro Tempo II compilation released last year. Calling upon new age sounds of percussion, deep double bass and folky, experimental field recordings, this album combines a history of Brazilian music with Ermel's own explorations into retro-active music technology that opens up a mystical space between the ancient and new age that evolves into an emotive language of love, time, space and folk instrumentality.
Review: Inspired by a trip to the remote Olympic peninsula in America's Pacific North West, Eric Philips began work on "Departure", his debut album as Kennebec, way back in 2017. While it took over two years to complete, the resultant set is impressive in its scope, vision and imaginative approach to intoxicating musical fusion. Rich in live instrumentation - folksy fiddles, acoustic guitars, bittersweet pianos, fluttering flutes and languid jazz horns - but rooted in broken beat, nu-jazz and downtempo grooves, the album is so assured and well produced that you'd expect it to come from a far more experienced producer. It has the feel of a future downtempo classic to rank alongside the best sets of the nineties and noughties, and we can think of no higher praise than that.