Review: Check out the sounds of Lo-Fi electronic producer Magic Panda, on the American Tigerbeat6 music. The rising UK experimental star follows last years 'Days are Numbered' with three new tracks and some great remixes. The overall sound is quite experimental, yet heavily routed in progressive and both credible and accessible. For us it's the Max Cooper remix of 'Distant Places' that will head straight to the front of the wallet, that said.. Lead track Tokyo is strong, and the remixes of 'A Perfect Circle' are well worth checking out.. Open up your mind and give these a go!!
Review: Following a big release for Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label, the London duo return to their own Olmeto imprint and in the process focus on an acid house sound. Indeed, "What Do You Say Now" is an imaginative blend of laid-back reggae vocals, building filters and, as the arrangement climaxes, crashing techno snares. The title track also offers a level of unpredictability: starting with what sounds like a more textbook minimal techno groove, the hissing percussion and white noise give way to muffled vocals and, inexplicably, a sun-dappled Balearic house arrangement. They may have come a long way since the early acid house parties, but clearly Layo & Bushwacka have never lost that feeling.
Review: The long-serving UK duo may be going their separate ways, but before they do so, here's a reminder of what they did best, underground house music. From the pre-orgasmic female vocal, the whipping percussive sound and even some cheeky Arabian samples, the title track makes for a cheeky, trippy journey through the world of basement clubs and seedy after-parties. Aidan Lavelle's version maintains a similar mood, but does so with a prowling bassline, out there filters and pinprick trance riffs. Finishing off what could be the duo's last release together is the Marco Resmann version, which uses tribal drums and frozen techno chords to devastating effect.