Review: The one and only Seba returns once again with new sparring partner Jr Vallo. Last spotted on Fokuz and soon-to-appear on Spearhead together, here we find them going toe-to-toe on Seba's ever-essential Secret Operations. "-15" is a first class ticket to the furthest corners of the cosmos on a bumpy rocket that's so barbed and dangerous you may find it's a one-way trip. Fittingly the second track is titled "Bon Voyage". Less drama and more introspection but loaded with similar sci-fi sentiments, listen and hear as a Good Looking universe unfolds before your very ears. Beautiful - as always from Secret Ops.
Review: Starting the EP with ther hard hitting, bouncing dancefloor destroyer "Koodana", the melody and heavily mutated bass pleasingly echo each other, the track feels intense and captivating, the vocal is demanding us to 'jump' but we already are. 'Cowabunga' is a noisy, high pitched snap shot of exactly where jump up is today, the jabbing synths will smash the floors with no question. Our favourite track of the sampler has got to be 'Equinox', which showcases Levela's deeper side, using shinier, softer sounds which twinkle against the spiritual moans and the warm pulsating bassline. 'Tyrant' brings us back to the Levela we know with the twisting, bassline taking centre stage, decorated with aggressive and eerie elements and a horror show vox. We're looking forward to the full EP.
Review: !K7 Records bring us the seventh in their '!Kollections' compilation series, and it's an album that's every bit as eclectic as the label itself. Accordingly, there are tracks here spanning a range of genres from Afro-folk (Red Axes' 'Abidijan') to stomping techno (BETON's sat-nav vocalled 'Directions') to jazz (Idris Ackamoor's 'Land Of Ra') to out-and-out synth-pop, but highlights for househeads include Gerd Janson's electro/Italo-inspired take on Yovav's 'Running Wave', the retro piano stylings of Anja Schneider's 'All I See' and the stunning Joey Negro Re-Grooved Instrumental of Patrice Rushen's 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.