Review: Space trap meets cosmic juke by way of DJ Beeso updates his slim-but-satisfying repertoire with four more out-of-this-world cuts. "Hypnotic" lives up to its name with its woozy sample play and shuffling beats, "Searching" is a fizzy acid juke workout while "In Love2" takes us on a bumpy trip to a new universe with wavy, grainy synths. Finally "Zajj Lid2" brings the EP to a house-tinged close with dreamy vocal textures floppy softly to a hazy 4/4. Trippy yisting!
Review: Car Crash Set, a label ever ahead of the curve, present the debut from US production duo Celoso. On the strength of "Already Know", the pair have a bright future ahead of them; combining lithe ghettotech beats, effervescent R&B influenced synth work and a vocal hook that gets right under your skin, it's an example of how to combine several well worn tropes and come up with something fresh. Meanwhile, Tectonic's Distal steps up to provide a typically hard to pin down remix; taking in juke and dubstep, his version of the title track places the chopped up vocal on top of some jackhammer kicks and an almost eastern melody, whose laid back feel is entirely at odds with the frantic rhythmic flow.
Review: The sparse and multi-faceted sounds of Computer Graphics return to Car Crash Set after three years away from the label. Best categorised under the wider house umbrella, these two tunes are best described as playful and experimental dance tracks. "Prospekt", is wobbly and off-kilter, but the sounds are fresh and summery enough to be enjoyed by passive listeners other than the house heads. "Experiment" is more of a broken groove, and although there is a 4/4 beat to push the track ahead, the sounds and quirkiness of the percussion render this a delight not just for dancing but also for listening and vibing out. Tip!
Review: This extraordinary nine-track package from Mexico's Mekha compromises four original tracks and five remixes. First of all is two minute outing "Process" - a minimal, haunting intro with almost painful humming, which introduces us to the sparse experimentalism that will ensue. "Aneurism" is a deep, dubbed out piece with deftly placed beats, occasional bleeps and quirky SFX. Dsve remixes this, adding in a swishing vocal and booming bass, whilst Kupas Vampire Slaya mix is an exercise in disorientating 8-bit bleeps. "Cortex Feedback" is a more menacing piece with remixes from DMR, MHV and The Raging Sea Unconscious mix, with the original rounding things off.
Review: Mysterious Japanese newcomer Doppio revs up to pole position with the militant, mechanical mastery of "Crash". All race-car traces, twisted engines and militant kicks, it should come with its own reinforced seatbelts. "Caxis" continues the rifle-like kicks with added industrial strength sheet-metal slaps. Finally "Carnival" takes elements of both (the kicks of "Crash" and metal clangs and bashes of "Caxis") and ties them together with ice-cold 22nd century bridges. Racy.
Review: One first listen, "Dwell" could be something you'd play to an old hippy splashing out on a bit of time in a floatation tank; all deep wafting pads and subaquatic cries and cosmic twinkles. Then you listen a little closer and you realise there's a full-on funky two-step riddim riding roughshod in the background. Crisp soothing ambience coupled with crafty drums - "Dwell" really does what its cogitative moniker suggests. "Fall Apart" plays the ideal foil to such a brooding lead cut. Again, it's garage, but a twisted, distorted, fractured garage where sprightly synths and the processed vocal carry class, while the lolloping, off-kilter rhythms add weight and progression. Don't dwell on this for too long.
Review: Over the past few years, a lot of bass music has shifted its focus towards a deep retro house sound. Meja, a 20-year-old from Paris, certainly fits into this category; "Glass" is a killer slice of deep, brooding and raw jackin' house that gives the likes of Maetrik a run for his money. Up next, "Trucks" is a gentler affair that goes even deeper still, with moonlight synths and clippity-clop percussion along the way. A promising young talent - bravo.