Review: Playgroup founder and all-round DJ guru Trevor Jackson follows up his excellent Metal Dance compilation, which unearthed some seriously mind-blowing '80s post-punk, EBM and industrial grooves, with a special three-track single of some of the highlights - including The Cage's incredible robotic take on T-Connection's disco classic "Do What You Wanna Do", performed with Labelle singer Nona Hendryx on vocals, as well as an outstanding edit of movements of the soundtrack of John Carpenter's '80s classic "Escape From New York". Truly wild and obscure stuff that fits in nicely with the more underground tech sounds out there today.
Review: A trio of recent Theo Parrish productions get the remix treatment, though why these versions are any more or less "special" than others isn't made entirely clear! The laidback and heartfelt 'This Is For Your' (a Maurisse Rose collab first out as a single in 2019) will suit soulful floors, while 'Ain't No Need' by The Unit (something of a 'supergroup' consisting Parrish, Amp Fiddler and friends) leans more towards jazz and broken beat. The standout to these ears, though, is 'What You Wanna C', a deep, jazzy shuffle par excellence and one for the proverbial "heads" for sure!
Review: Despite the artist name and album title, this is far from being the collection of 15 limp, same-y soul ballads you might be fearing! Instead, Secret Soul Society - AKA Neon Heights front man Cal Gibson and friends - serve up veritable smorgasbord of Balearic delights, from the dusty, looped disco-soul of 'Better Get To Know You' and the folksy Laurel Canyon vibes of 'Groovy Coconuts' to the 80s soul redux of 'Find Our Way', the bonkers 'Leeping For Joy' which should appeal to fans of 4hero, Four Tet et al, and the Stevie Nicks-biting 'Stevie Loves Bettye'.
Review: Sam Black's Slacker project, nursed to life through Lobster Theremin over the years, is granted a debut album on the label following Amen To The Lonely (2017) and Leviathan (2019). What Would I Do With Saturn sees Slacker fully export his hybrid and atmospheric take on the hardcore and jungle continuum. Wading in with the timeless ambient number "Let These Waves Wash Upon You", heavy stepping drums, searing rave synths and mad acid sequences rear their head "Nothing Is Enough" next to a more emotive "As I Fear The Ground Opening". With tumbling drums and stutter effects holding down "My Own Moon", syncopated beats stand out in "The New Face Of England" with deep, oriental and fresh as f*** jungle hitting the spot in "One Hundred Ideas". A hugely fresh LP adopting old school influences with new school techniques for a release that looks to both the past and present.