Review: Punk funk outfit !!! find themselves remixed on this new EP from Warp, and it contains some of the most cutting-edge reworks we've heard in a while. Patrick Ford, Jim Eno and Mister Saturday Night's Alex Burkat all do their thing in fine style, rocking and shaking throughout, but the real jewels come from Proibito label head and all-round NY bad-boy Anthony Naples, and UK house-cat Maurice Fulton, who both deliver the goods in gargantuan proportions.
Review: Released physically as part of Warp's Record Store day activities, All U Writers / Gonna Guetta Stomp sees the welcome return to the label of Brooklyn's agit punk funk troupe !!!. Pronounced Chk Chk Chk, the ensemble have been long term fixtures of the Warp roster and this two track release provides further evidence of their talent for constructing a tight beat. Lead track "All U Writers" is a disco-tinged lick with instantly memorable vocals and a rather eerie collection of synths travelling in its underbelly, which sees the well-schooled hands of Ewan Pearson on the production buttons. "Gonna Guetta Stomp" is even weirder and even more of a hybrid tune, where a steady house beat links up with off-kilter piano keys, drunken vocals and sci-fi sonics.
Review: A heavenly collaboration between the legendary musical journeyman Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek, Africa Hitech is a delicious fusion of grime, dancehall and techno that really glistens with energy and has had fans breathlessly waiting for this first release on Warp. Lead tune "Blen" won't disappoint at all, a heavy old-school grime beat with an uptempo but still laid back vocal, it's an absolute joy. As well as a remix of "Blen" and an instrumental, there's also the more plaintive but still riveting "The Sound of Tomorrow". Well worth the hype, check out why fans are getting in a lather for Africa Hitech.
Review: Messrs Pritchard and Spacek have only just dropped a killer new album on us in the shape of 93 Million Miles and now they add more fuel to the fire of critical acclaim with this EP. Not only do they serve up a VIP version of one of the album's strongest moments in "Out In The Streets" but two further new arrangements as well. We have to start with the VIP though which marries the bouncing digital dancehall meets juke of the original with an all encompassing assault of explosive jungle rhythms. We checked the small print and it comes with a guarantee to cause screw face at festivals and warehouses across the globe this summer. Check the flip for the righteous future boogie of "Caveman Style", which is nestled alongside the skittering rhythms and creeping Nintendo head nod vibes of "Seek Em Step". This release also comes with digital bonus track "Looking For The One".
Review: Just four months after the release of the long-awaited Syro, Richard D. James has dropped an EP of all-new material, more than making up for his 13 years of radio silence. Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 is an album comprised of music that's just that, making for one of the most unique collection of Aphex Twin tracks of James's entire career. From intricate piano miniatures to almost jazz-inspired drum rhythms, it's essential listening for those willing to delve deep into the strange sonic world of the producer.
Review: It's rare that an electronic album is the biggest album of the year, or at least the most hyped. That's certainly the case with Syro, Richard D James first official release under his Aphex Twin moniker for some 13 years. So, is it any good? For starters, it sounds like an Aphex Twin album. Listen through to the 12 tracks, and many of his familiar staples are present - the "Digeridoo" era rave breakbeats, the mangled synth-funk mash-ups, the intoxicating ambient-era melodies, the warped basslines and the skittish drill & bass style rhythms. There's madness, beauty and intensity in spades. In other words, it's an Aphex Twin album, and - as so many have pointed out since the album's release was announced - there's no-one else quite like Richard D James.
Review: Some 25 years after delivering his debut 12", Richard D James hasn't lost the ability to thrill or inspire. By his obtuse standards, the material that makes up the surprise Cheetah EP is actually rather laidback and melodious. "Cheetah2 (LD Spectrum)", for example, sounds like a slow house jam written by robots, while the even deeper "Cheetah7B" shuffles along in a metronomic fashion, seemingly oblivious to the increasingly aggressive World at large. Of course, those trademark skittish IDM rhythms are present and the Cornishman has thrown in a couple of hazy ambient cuts for good measure