Review: 2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for Golden Bug aka Antoine Harispuru. Following on from an EP on Ivan Smagge's Les Disques De La Mort, he now drops this idiosyncratic release. The title track features stop-start beats and heavy use of the echo chamber as an eccentric male rambles away in the background. "Tamba", featuring Viktoria Wehrmeister on vocals, resounds to strung out tribal drums, while on "Yama", Harispuru delivers an immersive, dubbed out sound scape. The label has chosen the remixers wisely, with Marc Pinol turning "Trigger" into a wigged out acid track, followed by Krikor's broken beat version of "Yama".
Review: The latest installment of the epic Dusty Fingers series of original funk, soundtrack, library and rock breaks contains some seriously fascinating material from the archives. Take the blustering "Confunktion" by D Richmond fro example, or the melodic instrumental baroque funk of Jack Kayborn's "Music People", the incredible jazz drums of "Type A to E" by Hiro Tsunoda and even a cover of Bob James' breakbeat classic "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", done in a psyched-out way by The Spotnicks.
Review: Pete Oak is back on Stil Vor Talent with a three darkly emotive and mysterious tracks with serious dancefloor dynamic. On "Yama" Oak creates the perfect journey track which gradually builds in chapters, building the mood and drama. With its slow grinding arpeggio, doomy strings and wonky melody working its magic: this one is tight! "Celsius" is definitely the most energetic offering with razor sharp and evolving melodics over nefariously adrenalised elements. Finally, Oak teams up with Notize on "Noctua" which goes for the jugular; this one's definitely made for leading into the peak time slot with its humming and grinding bassline, restrained arpeggios and mood-lighting pads all working together to create the perfect storm.