It's been a long time coming, but the third platter from Bristol hub Schmorgasbord is here pairing long term West Country fixture Al Tourettes with German producer Paradroid for a clutch of back scratching productions. Face up it's a Tourettes original backed with a Paradroid remix and face down the roles are reversed and the results are pleasantly diverse. "Reality Hostess" leans with a drunken swagger, veering off to the left as weird analogue funk careens around your dome piece; somewhere deep within the machine hides a sensuous ghost. Paradroid straightens out proceedings with his remix as swift, crisp 808 snap away amidst the cacophony of reverberant stems, whilst his face down original "Brother Rides The Jailhorse" bumps with all manner of off centre delight. For his remix Tourettes replaces the playful house foundation of Paradroid's original in favour of woozy, stuttering broken electronics.
Schmorsgabord is a new label, and it launches in style with this collaboration between Laurie 'Appleblim' Osborne and Julian 'October' Smith. The release sounds like a perfect meeting of the former's DJ-friendly bass excursions and the latter's tendency towards deep, dubby techno. Indeed, lead track "NY Fizzzzz" perfectly encapsulates this meeting of minds: the beats are tough and DJ-friendly, yet contain a swinging, Applepips-esque feeling that will let the track get noticed amid the deluge of straighter techno and tech-house releases. Up next, the duo focus on a more experimental approach. "Fountains of Paradise" eschews the dance floor, but the deep, brooding chord soundscape is lent some urgency by the shuddering waves of abstract percussion that occasionally break through the ponderous surface. That the label has decided to put its weight behind two different facets of this collaboration ensures that the end product is very tasty.