Review: Malka Tuti is a new record label founded by Asaf Samuel and Katzele, two of the founders of Tel-Aviv's 84%Creativity collective. Following up great releases by Tapan and Die Orangen, they now present a bunch of hot remixes by top names in the underground of C Cat Trance: a post-punk band from Nottingham, England. Formed by John Rees Lewis after his departure from Medium Medium, they released five albums before splitting up in the mid-1990s. Local hero Autarkic gives their 1986 single "Screaming (To Be With You)" (feat The White Screen) a new school exotic swagger yet still retaining the fine rock sensibilities of the originals. Optimo's JD Twitch delves even deeper into the exotic on his hazy Middle Eastern journey and Sneaker takes the avant-garde "I Looked For You" into even more abstract terrain that almost defies description.
Mersey River (Gordon Pohlas Remiagination Part 1 & Part 2) - (16:24) 111 BPM
Review: Tel-Aviv label Malka Tuti, ran by Asaf Samuel and Katzele, is an imprint too often overlooked and underrated, even for its iconic aesthetic and single-mindedness. However, we don't mean that to say they are predictable - far from it. The label has constantly provided us with new artists and new forms of experimental dance, with this latest EP from Die Orangen providing even more food for the ears. The duo hasn't put out too much music, as of yet, but their mystical shade of techno sounds full of interesting influences and ethereal nuances, much like the opening rhythm of "Yaranabe (live version)", along with the stuttering, off-kilter tribalism of Tapan's version of "Metal Man". The Gordon Pohl 'Reimagination' of "Mersey River" comes in two parts, culminating in a deep and dubby rhythmic dance with an ambient stance. Strong. Tipped.
Review: Romanian indie dance duo Khidja return to Israeli imprint Malka Tuti for their second release, after great releases of late on DFA, Hivern Discs and Ransom Note. Their new thriller "Plot" is a bold and seductive new dance fantasy, interpreting EBM aesthetics in their own distinct way. This is followed up by the raw and rusty synth-pop of "Am I Really Here" which will appeal to all the retroverts out there and features one truly roaring guitar riff if we've ever heard one. Malka Tuti is a new record label founded by Asaf Samuel and Katzele - two of the founders of the Tel-Avivian 84%Creativity collective.
Review: This is the second volume of remixes of C Cat Trance material. The 80s band's music was previously reworked by JD Twitch and Die Orangen, and this EP is just as impressive. Israeli duo Red Axes deliver a rumbling, tribal take on "Shake the Mind", while on his version of "Take Me To The Beach", UK DJ Jamie Paton lays down a sprawling, messy workout. Prins Thomas soon picks up the groove again though, and the Norwegian's version of "Sudaniyya" is a subtle disco affair, led by clipped drums and gamelan percussion. Finally, on their taken on "Simple Helen", Romanian pair Khidja drop a terse, dub-fuelled piece of mood music.
In My Heart (feat Radwan Ghazi Moumneh) - (12:56) 66 BPM
Bogovi - (7:44) 110 BPM
Trouble - (12:02) 90 BPM
Outro - (5:15) 90 BPM
Review: Following two fine teaser singles on Malka Tuti, Tapan (AKA Belgrade-based producers Nebosja Bogdanovic and Goran Simonosk) are finally ready to unleash their debut album, Europa. A genuinely unique proposition, the set sees them flit between mind-altering Middle Eastern dub-jazz (the trippy title track), delay-laden late night soundscapes (the brilliant "In My Heart"), woozy post-punk dystopia ("Bogovi"), percussion-rich, horn-heavy weirdness ("Trouble") and the kind of dubwise, other-worldly fare that we'd once have expected to hear from early '80s Bristolian bands such as Maximum Joy. It's naturally hugely atmospheric, but more impressive than that is the duo's imaginative approach. While the influences are easy to spot, describing the results is pleasingly tricky.
Review: Kyle Martin and Guido Zen's Vactrol Park project has been on standby for a little too long now. We'd been missing the sound they had proposed via ESP Institute, and so we couldn't be happier to see the pop up on the fiery Malka Tuti imprint, one of our top picks for this year's new leftfield labels. "Caustic Tones", as the title implies, is a cavernous, oddly placed bundle of atmospherics, while "Adria" knock out a subtle house beat underneath another wave of sinister yet alluring sonics from outer space. "Don't Speak Its Name" simply morphs the house gel tighter together, forming a clearer and more dance-centric framework that is perfect for the tail-ends of a DJ set. Welcome back, boys.
Review: Tel-Aviv's Asef Samuel and Katzele have been progressing their Malka Tuti label in a stunning manner, bringing plenty of new talents and exciting new sounds to the foray, ranging from house to electro and even onto starry cold-wave. Xen & Yovam are back together for this latest EP, with both artists already having appeared on the label. "Hayom Etmol" is the dance number, spear-headed by deep, growling synths and a mechanical beat structure, while "Shavit" borrows much more from new age and neo-romance, offering a truly sensual episode of Israeli electronica.