Review: Given his rapid ascent from pioneering 'purple' producer to major player, it's perhaps little surprise to find that Joker's long-awaited (and much hyped) debut album sees the Bristolian youngster mixing typically funk-laden synth-step jams with moments of soaring dubstep pop and hip-hop funk. While it's the latter that have propelled his rise, it's the former on which he built his career. It's notable, then, that the best moments on The Vision are those that draw most from his early purple work; the contemporary P-funk of "Level 6", cyber-funk of "Milky Way" and gorgeous Herbie Hancock-does-Purple grooves of closer "Magic Causeway" are amongst the best things he's done.
Review: Ever since the label's formation in 1991, Skam has strived to support innovative artists based around its home in NW England. VHS Head - AKA Ade Blacow - fits into this category rather well; not only does he hail from Blackpool, but he also sources the majority of his sounds from old VHS tapes. This second album follows some four years after the VHS Head debut set Trademark Ribbons of Gold arrived and is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, delivering a quirky but attractive blend of cut-up electronic funk, bespoke IDM rhythms, vintage synth melodies and wayward electronics. If Dam Funk, Funkineven, Autechre and Boards of Canada got down in the studio together, it would probably sound like this.
Review: Seminal Roman imprint Vibraphone had a huge influence on the early-'90s dance music scene alongside its sub-label, Male, and a handful of artists such as Bermuda Triangle, 49th Floor, Minimal Vision and of course The True Underground Sound Of Rome. This was originally released in 1992 and after a much deserved re-press by ourselves, we only thought it right to release it digitally too. "Magic Staircase" sounds reminiscent of the classic vibes of UK legends 808 State or A Guy Called Gerald while "Prelude" or "Night Of Love" have that unmistakeable early 90's sound of U.S. house music that puts them in the same time period as legends like Frankie Knuckles, Mr Fingers or Victor Simonelli. This is timeless history that must be heard!