Review: Total Science dust off the CIA Deepkut controls for their first outing of the year. It comes courtesy of Vienna's Roy Green & Protone and it's an all-out collabo doozy. Russia's Electrosoul System taps in for "Resting", a slice of high voltage soul, loaded with added frazzled, dizzying textures. French Mexican Joakuim enters the fray for the deliciously breezy "Neptune" while long-time collaborator Monologue joins the fun with the disarming mystic hurricane stepper "Prince Vlad". Finally respected Welsh soul soldier Pennygiles completes the set with some divine piano tickling, woozy hornage and restrained growls on "Suburbs". Four absolutely timeless pieces of work here... Not to be slept upon!
Review: Some artists have the midas collabo touch. Artists like Need For Mirrors and Phil Tangent. Both superb vibe maestros in their own right, they also run extensive lines in partnerships... It was only a matter of time before they collided. And they've done so with five slices of pure gold. The whole collection is essential with highlights including the hazy swoops and reverse textures of "Candelabra", the restrained skin-melting poignancy of "Shifting Tones", the propeller-like heads-down rolls of "Residue" and a whole load more.
Review: New York upstart Adred makes his CIA debut with four smouldering slices of rolling gold. "300 Pages" steps with a Lynx style vibe and features faraway vocal flexing from Seba-affiliate Robert Manos, "Into The Storm" glints with more of a Metalheadz feel, all switchy and spacious, "Drones" hums ominously somewhere in a gloomy sky, ready to drop low end stealth upside your features in a highly tense Commix type of way. Finally we hit major depth charge with the future hip-hop flickers of "Red Night" where Adred steps back and lets Lystone do all the talking. A highly accomplished label debut.
Review: Philth is an artist on the cusp of greatness. If you've ever been to see him in the flesh or heard his countless heavyweight releases on labels with passionate fans and hardworking ethics like Flexout Audio, Diffrent and Peer Pressure, you'll already be well-versed in his natural ear for meaty basslines and mouthwatering melodies. Pairing with the thoroughly beautiful Collette Warren for this double-header was a masterstroke, giving him scope to manipulate those bassy depths into far-reaching cinematic soundscapes into the plush backdrop Collette's voice deserves. Massive.