Review: The Wisdom Teeth A&R squad are always keen to bring together the most forward thinking sounds, with this new four tracker from Sputnik One being a homage to that ideal. We begin with the acidic flutters and delicate drum processing of 'Microbead' which pushes forward with some siren-like synth pulses and a generally eerie vibe, before the percussive perfection of 'Love From Above' gives us an emotive and completely unique harmonic design. From here we then stray into the realms of footwork as the high energy drum tickles and subtle vocal slices of 'Michael Cera' give us a whole new direction, before rounding off tidyly on the again percussion-lead melodies of 'Powder', putting the finishing touches on a top quality body of work.
Review: Enigmatic before he even knows it, Leeds producer IGLEW appears out of nowhere to give Wisdom Teeth a follow up to Fact's Blush LP. Known so far for the one trip on Gobstopper Records in 2015, IGLEW, some six years later, returns with the hopeful chords, summer keys and subtle dubs of Light Armour. Plunging into slow-mo, deep and diluted house music in "Gold" - as if mimicking an obtuse Ben Klock classic "Gold Rush" - even sparser grooves, subs and percussion come through "Microfunk Lament". Never treading too far off course and into dark territory, "Light Armour" pitches new age synth music with future instrumental pop, helping facilitate "Hawksworth Woods" as an interlude into the arpeggios and hazey ecstasy of "Caffeine Dream".
Review: Like many artists, Oscar Henson AKA Facta channelled the restlessness he felt during the early days of the UK Coronavirus lockdown into creative endeavours, and specifically making new music. The result is Blush, his belated debut album. It's a slim, on-point affair, with Henson utilising the long-playing format to fuse his usual meaty sub bass and off-kilter rhythms with plenty of pretty melodies, colourful electronic flourishes and nods towards a wide variety of styles (Balearica, folk, ambient and the rainbow-hued, loved-up synthesizer textures of turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house, though not the associated house beats). It's a genuine recipe for success, with the numerous highlights including - but in no way limited to - the sub-heavy, sun-kissed breeziness of 'On Deck', the immersive and kaleidoscopic loveliness of 'Verge', and Parris collaboration 'Diving Birds'.
Review: Wisdom Teeth label head Oscar Henson, better known as Facta, rounds off the year with a two part ode to the dancefloor here on the label's 17th release, pitting house and 2-step beats against warping synths in the tradition of Errorsmith and Mark Fell. The Bristol-based producer is on-point here as always: from the reduced and hypnotic swing of "Doves" which will have massive crossover appeal, and is perfect for getting weird during the morning hours. This is followed by the off-kilter, FM tonal bliss of "MPH" which is even more introspective but keeps you locked into its groove with some massive bass pulsations.
Review: Undeniably one of the UK's most creative, original and unique club-music artists right now is Parris, a producer whose meteoric rise has come through labels like Tempa, Idle Hands and the Trilogy Tapes, to Rubadub, and now, as clear as day, Wisdom Teeth! Keeping deep in the murk and space echo dub is the dusty and lo-fi atmospherics of "Soft Rocks With Socks" that resonates with a true Upsetters vibe. With a house groove introduced after its nebulous start, a mellow wave of textural synth is blissed-out and vamped over a sweet and thoroughly enjoyable five minutes. "Sabor A Ceniza" sees some post-garage vocal samples make it into a mix of 909s, uptempo percussion and woozy, filter bubble synths. And like he did with Call Super on last year's CANUFEELTHESUNONYRBACK collaboration, Parris teams up with fellow experimentalist and beatmaker, Minor Science, with the striped back and boiled down steam funk of "Terrapin".
Review: The consistency of Wisdom Teeth really is something to behold as they bring us this stunning six track experience from Shielding under the LP title 'Collecting Seaweed'. Right from the off we are greeted by the stunning pad structures of 'Dunsta', organic percussion and flickering melodies of 'Grass Snow Rain' and constantly expanding soundscapes of 'Mossa' to give us an instant feeling of finesse. From here, the minimal drums and sweeping synth expressions of 'Reserv' keep the good vibes going, followed by groovy rhythms of 'Timekeeper' and finally the outstanding harmonic arrangements of '111 Ways' which provides us with a synthetic experience to see out a phenomenal body of work. Amazing!
Review: Following on from an exceptional string of releases, we see the magnificent K-Lone land on Wisdom Teeth for a top quality LP project, showcasing just how forward thinking his sound is. The whole project is a masterclass in soundscaping and atmospheric processing, with a softened, almost meditative hypnosis running through the heart of the tracklisting. From the chiming melodies of 'Yelli' to the pleasing arpeggio expansions of 'Bluefin', it's just a fabulous listen. Although we would highly recommend taking this one in on long play, we would pick the constantly evolving percussive grooves of 'Cocoa' as our favourite for this one!
Review: Following on from what has been a very tasty year indeed, Facta returns to the home imprint of Wisdom Teeth for a three track extravaganza, demonstrating some extremely cool production methods throughout. We kick off with the choppy, time-dance style drumwork and colourful atmospheric and almost acidic designs of 'Rose Red', before the title track 'Scales + Measures' lands with some incredibly vibrant percussive manoeuvres and synthy explosions. Finally, '4C Loop' takes slower drum rolls and more colourful sound design to round us off in style!
Review: Within UK underground music, we love to see creativity and forward thinking ideas within people's production, and there are few people better at expressing that sense of originality that than K-Lone. He touches down on Wisdom Teeth here for a fire four track piece, kicking off with the minimal drum infusions and high end pops of the title track 'Sine Language', before we dip into the heavy percussion and natural grooves of 'Batuada'. Following this, the rhythmic masterclass continues as the marshy textures and colourful percussive expressions of 'Missed Calls' take the lead, followed by the blissful woodland atmospherics of 'Bells', rounding off an excellent body of work.
Review: Wonderful Welshman Duckett returns to Fact & K Lone's Wisdom Teeth Label, following up 2017's terrific Gannets For Guano EP with this collection of deeply meditative cuts - all delivered in his idiosyncratic style. From the ethereal layers and mentalist melodies of "Looking At Mum Objectively" (yes, the track titles are as curious as always), the broken and introspective mind trip that is "Shoulder Of The Hill" and the majestic minimal-funk of "People Are Sick" - the Untilmyheartstops boss delivers the goods again, following up some great EPs of late on Berceuse Heroique, Solar Phenomena and Snare Tapes.
Review: We now get stuck into some futuristic percussive persuasions as we take a look at the latest compilation from Wisdom Teeth, bringing together some of the most forward thinking electronic musicians active today. Chevel kicks us off with 'TailWind', Before the clean percussive rolls of Alex Coulton's 'Radiance' and K-Lone's 'Broke' take centre stage. Acre then gets crazy on the synthesis with 'Don't Get Me Started' and Etch gets swampy on 'Toxin', before Hodge's 'X' provides us with some futuristic tech treats. We then round up the EP in style with two belters, as Wen supplies the eerie fire on 'Late Night' and Facta strips it back to bass and drums in the vibrancy of 'Poliwhirl'.
Review: Benoit B is getting to a level where his productions are an effortless fusion of house and bass, crossing the lines between genres and winning the minds (and feet!) of dancers worldwide. His last EP for Berceuse Heroique was an excellent ride, although this new outing on Wisdom Teeth sees the producer go one step further into the abyss of sounds that represent his vision. "Vague A l'Ame" is a broken beat tool, surrounded by beautifully aqueous melodies, and "Gyvenimo Tekme evolves the same proposition onto an even looser, more ethereal platform. "Ice Valley" is moody and dubbed-out, bringing through sparse percussion snaps and hypnotic synths, whereas "Kimono" ends on a vast, explorative house landscape in the same tone as peeps like Dynamo Dreesen, SVN, and the Mood Hut collective. A stunning house escapade!
Review: Steevio's output has largely progressed through the Mindtours imprint up until now, but this new EP for Wisdom Teeth is e exactly the sort medication required to push this talented young artist in the direction of open-minded bass enthusiasts. "Syzygy" is a strange and intricate piece of music, swirling its quirky Percussion folds with the same ease as the original Bristol bass crew, with the same going for the understated groove that is "Hiraeth"; badman Batu comes rolling through with the remix and, unsurprisingly, smashed it on all fronts. Killah!