Review: "WTFAI" may rely on many of the nuances and sounds that are part of mnml's everyday language, but it's what Broombeck does with them that make this release interesting. The original version does indeed follow the tried and tested rolling route, but its noisy beats and reverberated vocal make it a more interesting proposition that 99 per cent of its ilk. The non-vocal mix pushes further in this direction, with more tweaky beats, while Whebba's version goes down a tribal route, with shaking percussion and dense drums underpinning the sound of a thousand alarm bells going off. In case any listener is longing for a more traditional take on mnml, the M In & Jonas version's white-nose heavy breakdown has it in spades.
Review: Bukkador & Fishbeck continue their long and fruitful relationship with My Best Friend by dropping more high-quality DJ tools. Inspired in equal measure by mnml's sample-loving approach and the drum-heavy grooves of labels like Oslo, the duo's title track is based on loose drums, the occasional burst of white noise and an irresistible, tweaked acid line - a combination that should win it support among fans of Jonny D and Nick Curly. "Physx" pushes more towards the minimal house sound, its rolling groove peppered with stuttering vocal snippets,chord stabs and a woman claiming 'you make me feel so good'. The remixes, from Broombeck and Sebastian Porter, alternate between filtered house and jacking rhythms powered by humming bass licks and are sure to broaden "Camino's" appeal.
Review: It seems that there is no end in sight to the minimal house explosion that started nearly a decade ago, but thankfully there are some producers committed to pushing the sound forward. This is certainly true of Bitroom. The title track features a stripped back rhythm and clicky, microscopic beats, but Bukkador & Fishbeck infuse it with a stepping bass, jazzy riffs and the inclusion of a tense vocal from a black and white movie ensures it stands out from the pack. "Gears" is less individualistic, but is anchored by a powerful sub-bass and its ringing bells and insistent filter ensure it doesn't revisiting well-worn cliches. Well worth checking
Review: To celebrate its 100th release, long-established label My Best Friend has put together a mammoth compilation. Featuring classic MBF releases like Cosmic Sandwich's "Man in a Box" and Dirt Crew's "Rock Da House", 100 is also notable for unearthing some lesser-known killers. There's Crowdkillers' "Miss Jones", an awesome stripped back house track powered by lithe Latin vocals and a disturbed female vocal, and the deep, haunting synths of Florian Meindl's "La Nuit". Even when My Best Friend follows more conventional sounds, as it does on "Get Down" by Filthy Rich and Danny Serrano's "Likenobody", the tribal drums are loose and organic, the filtering subtle and the vocal samples atypical.
Full Metal Package (original mix) - (6:35) 126 BPM
Zero Hour (Gow remix) - (6:56) 126 BPM
Zero Hour (Arjuna Schicks remix) - (6:37) 126 BPM
Review: Death by imbibing Mexican spirits might be one of the less conventional ways to shuffle off this mortal coil, and Intu:itiv aka Karsten Lutz and Kai Santanius have soundtracked it with a visceral take on modern minimalism, the title track populated by dark riffs and noisy bleeps. "Zero Hour" tells a similar story, a rolling groove populated by jarring stabs, but "Full Metal Package" is more relaxed, as a walking bassline and an insistent vocal sample lighten the mood. The remixes are also less intense, with Gow's stripped back take on "Package" centring on a filtered break down and Arjuna Schicks' version of "Zero Hour" favouring a more spacey approach with acidic licks. Best of all though is the resonating Crowdkillers remix of the title track, which is fuelled by an evocative chord sequence.