Review: Alphabets Heaven is Jonny Wildey, a Brighton based musician with a focus on sub-pressure and home recordings. His latest offering is about all the small things that fall just below the conscious that make up life in the 21st century. There's a roughness to the aesthetic on Your Lifestyle, unlike his previous EPs on WotNot or King Deluxe. However, it features lavish helpings of the creative and warm sound design with which Wildey has made his name. Jumping from the more familiar beats, to bumping four to the floor, via spaced out interludes - the music feels like channel-hopping through adverts in a surreal parallel dimension.
Review: To our ears, it was Danvers who delivered the best moment on WotNot Music's recent Dancefloor Sweets Vol 2 EP. Here that label gives the sometime Hoxton FM DJ and fast-rising producer another chance to shine. Naturally, it's one he firmly grasps with both hands, laying down a quartet of contrasting cuts. Check out the breezy synth riffs and punchy, broken house rhythms of "Abraka", the 112 BPM deep house wooziness of "Sense 99", and the garage influenced old school shuffle of drowsy closer "Bodytown". Best of all, though, is "Linx", an inspired fusion of bubbly electronic motifs, Balearic deep house chords, sludgy vocal samples and fizzing jazz drums.
Review: With the Christmas gorging season fast approaching, WotNot Music thinks it's an appropriate time to crack open a second selection box of Dancefloor Sweets. EMV128 kicks things off with the sugary soulfulness of "Warm 'n' Easy", a deliciously rich and tasty fusion of broken beat, future jazz and deep house. Galactic Ganesh impresses with the soft-centred, but hard-boiled electrofunk/house fusion of "Tell Me", before Danvers invites us to unwrap the gooey melodies and popping drum machine hits of "Hoxton 203". The last sweet in the tin comes from Body-san, whose dub-wise fusion of heavy bass, undulating organs and cheery positivity will leave you hungry for more.
Review: Jackson Almond is from the north of England and hosts a show on Hoxton FM, and has released on BBE, Warner, Studio Rockers and Cavendish Music. His new one for open minded London label WotNot is the Open Your Head EP which features four deep and sunny cuts: from the groovy disco/balearic swagger of the title track, the bittersweet deepness of "People, Places, Things In Spaces" (with its irresistible melody) and the swing-fuelled Afro house of "Ee Ye" which has that Money $ex/D.KO style of MPC dustiness about it - which we are huge fans of!
You're Alive (There's Still Time) - (2:50) 139 BPM
Review: Under the K15 alias, Kieran Ifill has been responsible for some wonderful deep, expansive and soulful music on Eglo, Wild Oats, Lo Recordings and WotNot Music. Here he returns to the latter for the first time in four years. He hits his stride straight away with "Be Glad You Create Anything", a sparkling, mid-tempo shuffler that wraps darting, Kaidi Tatham style jazz-funk synth motifs around loose and languid beats and a suitably warm and attractive bassline. Ifill's love of fluid piano lines, eyes-closed electronics and dreamy chords once again comes to the fore on 120 BPM deep bumper "Communion", before the producer treats us to the deliciously loved-up, poignant and sumptuous head-nodding bliss that is fine closer "You're Alive (There's Still Time)". In a word: superb
Review: UK deep broken beat nu-jazz shenanigans from one very talented young producer named William Florelle with the Two & Three EP for Wot Not. First track "As The Sun Sets" is some jagged and soulful deepness that follows in the tradition on Kaidi Tatham, 4hero or Recloose. Other tracks "Next Time I'll Learn" or "Follow" are deeper R&B jams with sultry vocals accompanied by dusty blunted beats; but all rather evocative. Then there is some great remixes but we were particularly fond of K15's rather Detroit sounding remix of "Next Time I'll Learn" that had that real Theo Parrish or Rick Wilhite kinda vibe about it. Hotlanta's Stefan Ringer handing in a fairly nifty rendition of "Follow".