Review: New from ultra hip London label Young Turks, "Novias" sees Spanish tropical house producer El Guincho revisit a track from his previous Pop Negro album by asking singer Javiera Mena to lay down vocals over the customarily emotive and swirling beat. The result gives the track new life, as Mena's vocals soar through a slew of warm stabs and vital half-step claps.
Review: It's been a long time since Jamie XX offered up any solo material, so this new release for Young Turks comes loaded with a certain amount of expectation. His trademark knack for atmospheric melodies and catchy arrangements is intact, with "Girl" stepping out on a slow house template anchored by live bass while snatches of strained vocal meld ring out to form the basis for the track. "Sleep Sound" is equally winsome, if a little more energetic as it moves through filtered breakdowns and skittish diversions as though Theo Parrish were on a rotary mixer in front of the final master.
Review: In Colour is of course the long awaited debut solo album from The xx's in-house knob twiddler Jamie 'xx' Smith, arriving through regular home Young Turks backed with a whole host of guest appearances. The more obsessive Jamie xx fans out there (of which we wager there are many) will no doubt already have burned out their laptops and retinas basking in the all too colourful pre-release streams of In Colour, but it's always nice to grip an album in your hands. The eleven tracks on In Colours come across like a low key ode to the rave from Jamie and pals, with Four Tet, Romy & Oli xx, Young Thug and Popcaan featuring, and yes there is also plenty of steel pan. "Hold Tight", which sounds like Jamie's attempt at forest techno, is a definite highlight!
Review: Ladbroke Grove's finest Young Turks introduce the sounds of Quirke, a London-based producer called Josh Quirke, in startling fashion with the Acid Beth EP. Hardcore fans of Pearson Sound will be pleased as punch to see the presence of "Break a Mirrored Leg", which featured on the Hessle man's 2011 Essential Mix and sounds even more stunning in isolation; a cacophony of indiscernible sounds crafted together which build and build in dramatic fashion before dropping away to a brief moment of serenity before the sonic madness takes over once more. Elsewhere "We Landed" and the title track showcase Quirke's mastery of composition whilst "There's A Half Moon In Your Mouth" has shades of Clark about it.
Review: As is now customary, Young Turks round off another productive year by bundling together tracks from some of their key releases. There's naturally much to admire, from the sparse and atmospheric outsider electronica of FKA Twigs' anthem-like "Two Weeks", and leftfield 4/4 dark-funk of SBTRKT's "New Dorp, New York" (featuring the distinctive vocals of Ezra Koening), to the delicate downtempo textures and dub-soaked rhythms of Jamie XX. Throw in a slice of immersive, left-of-centre bass music (Quirke's "Break A Mirrored Leg") and a dash of James Blake style fragility from Sampha ("Too Much"), and you've got a formidable package.
Review: It's already been flagged up as Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record In The World" and mask-wearing, bass music pioneer SBTRKT's new single "Living Like I Do" does not fail to disappoint. Joining the dots between grime and funky with a soft, soulful vocal from the equally hot talent Sampha, it's a sumptuous slice of future garage with catchy, swinging beat and velvety bassline. Accompanying it is the Machinedrum remix of "Look At The Stars", which continues the themes set up in the first track but takes things on more of a stripped back, sultry tip with sparse, slow-building layers of sound.