Review: On Anchorsong's new album, "Cohesion", "Testimony" is a jaunty chunk of Bollywood influenced goodness complete with tablas, Indian style drums and heaps and warm and woozy musical touches. Here it gets the remix treatment by Nina Tune and Wulf duo Letherette, who naturally give it a completely different spin. Their take on the Tokyo-born producer's tasty cut is a much more dancefloor-focused affair, with blasts of Bollywood percussion, drowsy piano motifs and chopped-up vocal samples rising above a smooth and bass-heavy deep house groove. It's a radical re-invention, all told, but also utterly terrific. This is proper UK deep house for late nights and early mornings.
Review: Anchorsong is electronic production whizz Masaaki Yoshida, who recently relocated to London from his native Tokyo. Although known for his remarkable live sets in which he assembles music from scratch, here we have the more traditional pre-recorded version of his sound. Title track "Darkrum" is a perky, jazzy number evoking reminiscent of American early 80s TV themes such as Benson, all set to funk bassline and a 4/4 beat. Throwing Snow's remix is a punishing banger best described as sounding like drum n bass performed by a live band. Kidkanevil on the other hand, delivers a haunting, arpeggiated bleep-out of a remix that dances on that fine line where hip hop and say, witch house occasionally meet. B-Side "Hit The Bottom" sees Yoshida explore moodier territory where laid-back nu-disco flowers into a stunning piano and brass crescendo.
Review: As the title suggests, the debut album from London four-piece Amimanz and Argentinian-Congolese vocalist Juanita Euka is something of a humid, tropical affair. Euka's multi-lingual vocals take centre stage throughout, though it's the vibrancy of the band's superb backing tracks that hit home hardest. Their style is naturally rooted in tropical music, but also draws heavily on exotic dancefloor funk, horn-heavy Afro-beat, fuzzy psychedelic rock, jaunty Afro-Cuban dub (see their inspired cover of Crystal Waters' house classic "Gypsy Woman") and a variety of complimentary South American styles. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the hot and sweaty, hard-wired heaviness of "Them Changes" and sunshine funk workout "Chameleon", to the spiraling, all-action "Reload It" and suitably hallucinatory, cumbia-tinged "Drink The Water". Impressive stuff, all told.
Review: It's some eight years since electronic soul outfit Belleruche released their debut 7" on Hippoflex. Since then, they've become one of Tru Thoughts' most reliable acts, delivering a series of albums that join the dots between nu-jazz, funk, soul and wide-eyed downtempo beats. Here, Rob Luis' label celebrates their career to date, offering a warranted Best Of... that includes remastered versions of many of their greatest moments. Highlights are plentiful, from the string-laden soul shuffle of "3 Amp Fuse" and jazz-flecked bump of "Minor Swing", to the lo-fi soul-rock of "Stormbird" and the downtempo beats of "16 Minutes".