Review: Seasoned retro-futurists Times Are Ruff present their "TINK! Project", a double EP of U.S garage-inspired grooves for veteran Dutch label Tomorrow Is Now, Kid! It's the outfit's most expansive release yet and, fittingly we'd argue, contains some of their strongest work to date. Over the course of the eight tracks you'll find bouncy, gospel-inspired garage stompers (tasty opener "Wingman"), jazz-funk influenced dancefloor smoothness ("Tree House", "What About Samira"), Chez Damier style swinging chunkiness ("Funky Town"), spacey-but-bumpin' dancefloor deepness ("Seven"), turn-of-the-'90s New Jersey fare ("Behind The Curtain") and more heavily electronic dreaminess ("Nero Verde"). In other words, there's enough subtle variety amongst the on-point cuts to suggest that all eight tracks with stay in your digital crates for some time.
Review: Kumarachi is one of the best recent talents to emerge from the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. Time Is Now carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Rebel Man' is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper Manchester-esque sound, especially with resident don SL8R sneaking in a feature on the title track. Yes boys!
Review: The latest offering from the brilliantly named "Tomorrow Is Now, Kid" come courtesy of "Times Are Ruff" an artist (artists? brand?) that has been doing a great job of staying low key while at the same time causing quite a stir on the vinyl scene. A new name to the label doesn't mean a new direction for the label, TINK is sticking to what they do best; delivering 4 house cuts that could quite easily be taken for vintage classics that would go for a fortune on discogs. The first two tracks bring a sumptuous fusion of heavy hats and afro funk. All that grooved out percussion, combined with the reverberated and heavily panned wah wah guitar loops means they will have the dance floor under such a collective state of hypnosis that we would not be surprised if Darren Brown was looking to pick up a copy. The "B side" steps away from the live instrumentation a touch while maintaining the old school smiles on faces house music.
Review: It's been nigh on 30 years since Jon Marsh and co released their second album 'Happiness', which spawned the massive singles 'Hello' and 'The Sun Rising'. A collection of remixes called 'Blissed Out' followed eight months later, but that set has never had a digital release... until now, that is! As it probably inevitable with a collection of mixes that were tailored to the club tastes of 1990, one or two of the cuts haven't aged that well but there's still plenty to enjoy here, including two less-overplayed takes on 'Hello', the ragga-vocalled Muffin Mix of 'Time After Time' and the Ratpack-biting Special K Dub of 'Pablo'.