Review: Since dropping his debut single in 2007, Eli Escobar has proved himself adept at changing with the times. His inspirations may change - from house to disco and back again - but his insouciant attitude remains the same. "Work It" is undoubtedly a fun record. The title track captures the spirit of hip-house and uses it as inspiration on a fearlessly cheeky cut that sits somewhere between nu-disco and shiny electronic house. Vocal cut "I Believe" goes even bigger and shinier, turning into a techno-tempo nu-disco workout with all manner of layered synths. "KOD", meanwhile, sounds like a nu-disco producer's take on classic Masters At Work - all bumpin' grooves, twinkling synths and impeccably soulful vocals.
Review: Jogyo's raucous blend of global bashment first came our way in 2011 and wooed crowds instantly with its uncompromising dancehall rhythm, aggy lyrics and a classic sample from Nas's "Oochie Bang". Now available in remix form, treat yourself to Eli Escobar's deep bass and acid flex, Whatever Whatever's classic Chicago-tinted version or Wildlife!'s warped, freaky beat bass rub. Each one adds a refreshing perspective on an already interesting release.
Review: An intriguing side-project of post-rock gods Trans Am, Publicist is the more electro-skewed work of drummer Sebastian Thomas. Having done solo shows alongside Joakim, ESG and Lindstrom, this new release sees Thomas in rude health as he creates a cosmic-vocoder voyage in the form of "Hardwork", which comes with a stunning acid rerub from Walker & Royce. "I Won't" mines a more synth-funk sound, satisfyingly fusing '80s boogie with more Terje-styled production, while the "galactic classics" dub of the same song is a must have for fans of DFA.