Next up from the Soul Ex Machina crew, three tasty new drops from EchoBoy, who dips into his much more system-driven roots for this tidy display. We open up with the inquisitive flute toots of 'Roots Of Dub', a grizzly combination of dizzying dubwise delays and slowly growling sub sweeps, giving us a metallic behemoth of an original. From here, things really begin to switch up as 'We Lock Down The Block' deploys a much more LFO driven-drift through atmospheric soundscapes, with the more drippy percussion and lurching subs of 'Chords Trip' then giving us a punchy closer to digest. Awesome work once again, this one packs a punch!
With the Ibiza summer season just getting underway, the timing couldn't be better for this debut album from Radamant and McTo, which has 'Balearic' stamped through it like a stick of rock. 'Icaro Sessions' contains all three of the publicity-shy duo's previous three singles for Kraak - the Spanish guitar-flecked, Middle Eastern-tinged 'Camel Caravane Dance Moves', the headnoddin', skunked-out 'Dub Foggy Thoughts' and the dreamy late-night radiance of 'Footprints In The Sky' - and suffice to say if you were digging any of those, the full-length they come from should prove equally satisfactory. From the haunted Massive Attack-isms of 'Bad Spirits Go Away' to the soft focus ambience of 'Forest Brain' and the Morricone-esque 'Happy People Riding Horses', it's a downtempo lover's delight.
Ever-prolific Croatian producer Vladimir Sivc AKA Funky Destination, a regular on the likes of Timewarp Music, Kraak Records and Cold Busted, returns with what (if we're counting correctly) is at least his eighth album in 10 years. His music's spanned a range of styles including funk, breaks and Balearica over the years, but 'Bless Da Planet' finds him firmly in reggae and dub mode - and pulling it all off with surprising aplomb. Sivc may be no Bob Marley, Lee Scratch or Toots Hibbert, but this album's every bit as convincing as those "regional heroes"-type reggae bands you tend to stumble across by accident on Sunday afternoons at festivals, and that's no mean feat. Worth investigating for sure.
The team over at Deeper Vision Recordings have delivered a real gem of modern reggae with this new drop from Lady Emz and Ted Ganung, who join forces for the sumptuous summer soothings of 'Justice, Truth & Love'. Imagine the most stripped back, organic, acoustic approach to reggae in 2023 and then pile a dash of dubwise class in the mix, you will find the combination unveils this wonderful original, both calming the soul and loosening your grip on reality. This one also comes complete with a full riddim mix of the instrumental, alongside a very tasty Sax mix, which gives a whole new feel to the original recordings in its compositional value. This is a special drop for sure!
Ed Cartwright and Leon Oakey's first collaborative compilation is one of the few we've come across to eschew a narrow focus on one genre or style in favour of celebrating an under-documented era, namely UK dance music's eclectic, impossible to pigeonhole 'post-rave' period in the mid 1990s. Given that lots of great music was released then, it's a great idea. The tracklist boasts a lot of very good cuts, including a near impossible to find Richard D James oddity (as Strider B), a couple of killer Richard H Kirk-related numbers, some stretched-out, acid-fired early morning psychedelia (Thunderhead The Word By Eden), classic IDM gems (Xeper, the Black Dog), a dash of dubby, post-bleep brilliance (Liquid Son, Rotor) and a clutch of hybrid deep house/tech-house tracks (Max, Fretless AZM, Herbert).
Al Wooton and Valentina Magaletti team up once again under the moniker Holy Tongue to release a new album that showcases their post-punk tinged dub collaboration. The album, called "Deliverance & Spiritual Warfare," is the duo's most ambitious project to date, and it is sure to captivate audiences with its deadly sound. Magaletti, one of the UK's most inventive percussionists, brings her unparalleled skills to the forefront of the album, but the pair also incorporate fresh tones into their music. They use obscure and exotic instrumentation and orchestral swells to create a unique and mesmerizing sound that straddles the line between electronic soundsystem music and organic, rugged fare. This album lives up to the high standard set by their previous EPs, and it is truly essential listening for fans of post-punk, dub, and experimental music.