Review: Oakland's own Balkan Bump steps forward on this one for a phenomenal body of eastern inspired work. From the off we are treated to temptatious horn melodies and super satisfying drum rolls on 'Irfan' which features additional production credits from Paul Bertin. From here we slide effortlessly into the tip-toe rhythms and ascending trumpet melodies of 'Judaeo Slang' before hitting the more stripped back hip-hop arrangements of 'Wonderland'. The EP then rounds up perfectly amidst regal lead harmonies and a guest vocal feature from none other than Talib Kweli on 'Aymo'.
Review: Beat Fatigue remains as alert and wide-eyed as ever as he steps over from Adapted to Lowtemp for a trio of sleazy, glitch funk party packers. "Optimus Jive" sits somewhere between Griz and Big Gigantic thanks to its generous use of horns. "Straight Up Shuffle" strips the vibe back to lava-like bass, swinging drums and a piano hook so fat it's in danger of being arrested by the obese police. Finally we hit "The Bad Sign". Peppered with cut-up downpitched vocals, it's a quicksand jam that sinks you deeper and deeper into the groove the more you struggle. Nu funk creativity at its finest.
Review: A 25 year-old Dutch guitarist, Beat Fatigue, aims to combine all his influences - Jazz, Blues, Glitch, Dubstep, Soul, hip-hop, and Funk into 'one big (musical) sandwich'. He also aims to 'find a new sound that keeps you more awake then your mama after taking her pills'. Here on his Can't Stop LP we actually think he's managed to do it too! There are 13 tracks overall ranging from the stop-start electronic future-funk of "Cherry Bopper" to the woozy off-kilter electropop of "Sexy Planck Time" via the crunchy breakbeat (meets jazz piano!) strut of "Protons and Pretzels". A unique talent.
Review: Let the funk reign true as we listen through this awesome new EP project from Cheshire, courtesy of the fantastic Lowtemp imprint. As a five track project 'Take The Cake' resonates smoothness, with every track sounding clean as a whistle. Let's kick off with 'The Crocodile' which is a jazzy ode to modern breakbeat whilst the scattered drum arrangements of 'Burning Up' allow Megan Hamilton's vocals room to play. The dubsteppy bass synths and sharp snare stabs on 'Liquid Smooth' follow before we land on the incredibly groovy saxophone syncopation of 'Where Are You'. Finally we round off with the title track 'Take The Cake', which features some seriously soulful vocal inputs from Brittney Jay, along with suave horn riffing and crispy percussive design.
Review: Top wobbler and mighty charmer Gramatik is back on his own Lowtemp with the first chapter of the new Re Coil series, a new strain of tunes clearly inspired by sci-fi and the ubiquity of technology. You got six tunes to swell your noggin' good n' propah, kicking off with the suave and laid-back sway of "Future Crypto", which falls neatly into the far-out jazz vibes of Goldilocks Enigma" featuring Anomalie. "Aymo" goes for an Eastern look and feel, dropping some banging bhangra chills, while "Voyager Twins" and "Recovery" opt for more cosmic pastures, and "Halcyon" ties the final knot with a groovy little slice of upbeat nu-boogie for the dancefloor.