Review: Who's tried to attempt Lucid's finger 'Heartagram' and failed miserably? Well, we reckon its Photoshopped anyway and that's our excuse. More easily attempted is listening to the record, which features four excellent, otherworldly synth jams. The title track is all delirious trance stabs, pitched vocals samples and build ups, "Pops 2" is an electronic ricochet grinder, "Pops 1" dips into doomy trap territory and "Galant" is all warped synth motifs and carnival snares, but we're still wondering what Richelle's input is.
Review: Pelican Fly teams up with the infamous Ed Banger institution to deliver a tight little remix package of Cahmere Cat's "Mirror Maru" EP! Only "Mirror Maru" and "Kiss Kiss" are chosen as part of the project but judging from the diversity of the remixing team, this can only mean one thing: DOPE! Canblaster takes the first shot at the former, transforming the original into a sexy and seductive R&B anthem, whilst Busy P goes for a straight-up hip-hop flex with a touch of electro-tinged balearica, and LidoLido takes us on a soothing journey through sparse vocal-chops and grinding, booty-shaking basslines. As for the latter, G Vump takes a startling broken beat flex, reducing the original to a stuttering mass of kicks, snares and ominous harmonics; but the real surprise comes from Feadz & Kito, who create an all-out monster half-step belter - fresh!
Review: After first appearing in Belgian label Pelican Fly on a compilation last year, Samename is back with a full EP on which to show off a crossover sound that brings in elements of Eastern mysticism to collide with sleek modern production skills. The bass is monstrous on "Sakura", even if the melodies are delicate and fluttering. "Nuriko" is more malevolent with its hectic grime moves and jarring elements, while "Shinigami" shows off just how many layers of percussion Samename can juggle into a deadly, precise bomb of a track. "Gishki" takes a sparser route into grimy throwdowns, using plenty of curious found sounds to decorate the bin-busting b-lines and snapping claps.
Review: Fresh from Newark in the United States, producer Nadus (aka Rashon Bright), delivers five debut-shaped forays into future bass for Pelican Fly. It's a very idiosyncratic sound that he's cultivated - with shrill, fizzy synth stabs meeting vocodered samples on "Nxwxrk", a homage to his home state of New Jersey. The stabs get choppier for the hyped up Rocky-esque frenzy of "Marriage Proposal" and the bonkers choral trap of "Sharpe James" round things off nicely.
Review: Belgium's busy Pelican Fly label has been dropping bombs of all shapes and sizes over the last five or so years, and they show no sign of stopping or slowing down if this new scorcher by 1180 is anything to go by. While his previous - and debut - release for the label was a harsh, aggressive shade of trance, this new single "Lick It" verges onto the juke end of the bass spectrum. With a fluttering vocal with the vocal "work it"on repeat, 1180 launches a fiery, stuttering groove boasting a stop-start flex that is bound to cause some serious uproar in the dancehall - just wait for that bass to drop, son! Jeez...
Review: Belgium's Pelican Fly are back at it, and new Ukrainian wonderkid Inodi makes his return to the imprint with five new piece of digital fire. Remaining largely genreless, each tune on Digital Heart is simply a fascinating piece of studio work, starting with the sweet chimes of "Never Let Me Go" - watch for those video game sounds - and ending on the euphoric waves of "IWU", a tune that is actually representative of Inodi's sound throughout. That is, an incandescent blend of cascading synths and sparse IDM beats. Lovely.
Review: Released on the new Belgian label Pelican Fly, the mysterious Mister Tweeks drops this heavy set of originals and remixes, all very much in a garage-influenced French house mould a la French Fries or Club Cheval/Canblaster. "Money" is a wigged-out beauty, with rock-hard future-funky beats mixed up with wonky-pitched vocal shots and delirious top-end synths, while "Elevator" is a filthy, R&B-inspired half-stepper that's both hectic and perfectly formed. The trail-blazing High Powered Boys drop a wrecked-disco mix of "Numero Sept" however that steals the show on the remix front, despite stiff competition from DJ Rizzla's Afro-electro mix of "Money" and Lucid's stripped-down and icy mix of "Elevator".
Review: Vasco's "Fez", apart from fitting perfectly onto his head, is exactly the sort of gear that we were expecting to hear from the man, a fresh and compelling take on UK bass music, both in terms of style and flare. The cut is effective either as a club tune or simply as a banger for you to twist your hips over in the bedroom; its dense mould of deranged vocals swimming gracefully over broken bass drums and an utterly tight rhythmic groove. Lush.
Review: Belgian leftfield dance label Pelican Fly have collated a host of tunes from all the key acts on their roster for this impressively different mini-compilation. Over the course of eight tracks we get taken on quite an adventure: from the bleepy 'G(litch) n B' of Zora Jones to the epic fanfare of Sinjin Hawke's "Prom Nite" and the restlessness of "Rave Land" by Mister Tweeks to the drum- machine-being-drowned-in-Lilt-isms of Lucid's "On & On" and the positively psychedelic "Circular Motions 2025" by the 'imaginative' Richelle.