Dont Go Down There (Afrikanz On Marz Voyage 1) - (10:39) 140 BPM
Dont Go Down There (Sundogs remix) - (9:53) 127 BPM
Review: Two Danish producers, one with a penchant for acoustica and the other more rooted in electronica and house, Mountain Folk have rightly received some generous support from Don Letts, Steve Lamacq and Rob da Bank on Radio of late. Their talents gel superbly on "Don't Go Down There" - recalling everything from Hot Chip, When Saints Go Machine and early Four Tet and Caribou with an earthy texture coming from their mix of natural and analogue sounds. Mixes from Afrikanz On Marz and Sundogs make this quirky delight more floor-friendly, but the originals' still the main attraction for us.
Review: There's something pleasingly loose and baggy about this mini album from new Brit funkateers Phase 5 Stereo, aka producers/instrumentalists Simon Ham and Jo Brooks. Joined by a string of vocalists, hired players and a scratch DJ, they lay down a comfortingly hazy collection of '60s and '70s inspired grooves. It's a musically expansive set, but one that retains a consistent sound thanks to Ham and Brooks' consciously sunny production. Opening with a dash of Afrobeat ("Two and Afro"), 8 Track moves through Hammond-laden psychedelic grooves ("I Want You"), Latin-tinged hip-hop funk ("Raskins Skank"), baggy blue-eyed soul ("Out For The Count") and dubwise reggae-soul ("Get Together").
Disco Lights (Kooky's 90s re-work) - (5:07) 125 BPM
Disco Lights (English Electric Disco Eyes remix) - (3:30) 128 BPM
Review: Hotly tipped Liverpool quintet The Street Band are set to breakthrough big time next year, and here they look to reach a wider audience with some housey mixes of a€iDisco Lightsa€™. Tom Eno leads the charge with a shimmering proggy cut that uses just a few elements from the original, while Beatphreak take on the full vocal and capture the unique sound of the band. Also worth checking out is the 90a€™s re-work from Kooky. A decent release from a band you will be hearing allot more from in 2013.
Push The Feeling On (Baltic Fleet remix) - (4:51) 135 BPM
Push The Feeling On (English Electric remix) - (5:34) 136 BPM
Push The Feeling On (Keo & Burns remix) - (7:08) 128 BPM
Push The Feeling On (Kooky remix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
Push The Feeling On (Muz remix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
Ptfo (Karpia remix) - (7:05) 128 BPM
Review: Take Delphic, tie them up on a yacht and push them off into a deepest corner of the cosmos - only then will you find yourself supping a cuppa with The Tea Street Band. Here we find them handing over the controls to a whole range of remixers, each of them adding a new twist to their chugging, urgent Balearic jam. Highlights include Baltic Fleet's coma-like washes of depth and mood, Kooky's more classical electro stomp flex and Karpia's synth-soaked meanderings. Keep pushing on!