Review: It's the age-old argument that's kept croaky old junglists up past their bedtime for years: does VIP stand for 'this mix is strictly for very important people' or does it stand for 'variation in production'? In truth, it can mean either, depending on who made the VIP and who they intended it for. But now at least we know Eatbrain's stance on the matter as they ask some of their biggest VIP producers to go back over a seminal label release of theirs and give it a good overhaul, update and go-faster stripes for 2020. The results speak for themselves; the added grit and funk on L 33's 'Mafia', Jade's emotional dynamics on 'TV Says' and the complete subversion of 'Need' by Zombie Cats and Abis are just three examples of how very important these variations are. And they're made for you: the true VIPs.
Review: Bulgarian badman L 33 has become one of neuro's leading lights in recent years, having established his brute force and technical muscle on Addictive Behaviour and Program two years ago. Now chowing down on the finest brains in bass, he's ready to flex his musical martial arts on an XL LP level with Karate. Wax on: the loopy MC menace and sandpaper groove of "Grime All The Time". Wax off: the staccato stabs and militant woodblock KO of "Creatures". Wax on: the toxic drop on "Drop It Down Low". Wax off: the intense laser-mania of "Disco Funk". We could wax on and on and on all day... File under deadly chops (black belt level).
Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
Various Artists - "Techno Valencia Triologia Megamix: Asi Me Gusta A Mi/Dunne/Chiquetere/Tonight/The Spirit/Boom Chaka/Streamline/Es Imposible, No Puede Ser/Smile" (Chimo Bayo/Espiral/Chiquetere Band/Kryss/Dagon/Newton/Megabeat the history back to the 90s vol 1 2 3 continuous DJ mix) - (11:57) 146 BPM
Contrasena The History Cantaditas/Foolish Heart/DJ Space/Jerry Daley/Bandido/Piropo/Edison/Tranx-Mission/Robin/The Motiv/Saint Etien/Christin/Plastic/TNT - "Foolish Heart/Blue Monday/Love Kills/I Drove All Nite/Like A Fool/Love Is In The Air/Flames Of Love/Searching For Golden Eyes/Feeling Emotions/Love To Hate You" (Contrasena The History Cantaditas continuous mix) - (48:32) 141 BPM
Foolish Heart - "Foolish Heart" - (5:05) 130 BPM
DJ Space - "Blue Monday" (original mix) - (5:20) 131 BPM