Review: Upon releasing his first, limited edition 12" in 2009, Spatial was compared to Burial. Two years on, it's a comparison that looks frequently less and less valid. Where his early work drew clear influence from the likes of Burial and Basic Channel, Spatial, his eponymous debut album, boasts far more subterranean funk. Sure, the crackling atmospherics, unfeasibly heavy low end and sparse production are all still present, but there's little in the way of creeping paranoia or breathlessly intensity. Instead, Spatial teases and titillates with dancefloor promise, as rhythms pulse, acid house synths stab and reverb-laden vocal snippets ricochet between the speakers. It's dubby and atmospheric, but it's also a lot of fun.
Review: Spatial's own Infrasonics has brought us a truly explosive collection of rugged pseudo dubstep rhythms over the last few years, and we what really like about the artist is our inability to pin him down into a category. Take "Reanimator", for instance; it's a broken piece of metallic drumming that even stretches out into neo jungle territories thanks to its added layer of breaks. "Tensegrity" is another total hybrid, where a rolling bundle of drums are only partly infused to an excellent bed of sci-fi squelches in what seems to be a fight to the death. When it comes to 'bass' concoctions, Spatial is the man - recommended.
Review: As his previous releases have so thrillingly demonstrated, nu skool German revivalist Murphy Jax is more than adept at conjuring intoxicating blends of vintage Chicagoan jack and head-warping electronic disco. "Kevin Spacy", initially released on vinyl earlier this year, is a perfect example of this. Revolving around hard, sharp sequenced basslines, twisted arpeggios and lazy, star-gazing synth melodies, it offers the sort of balls-out, analogue-heavy take on space disco that was once the preserve of fellow Clone adventurer Legowelt. Orgue Electronique take the track back towards Chicago on two string-drenched, Larry Heard on valium reworks, whilst bonus cut "Smoodrama" offers a deeper take on early Chicago house.