Porsche 944 (The Vibe Drops remix) - (3:29) 95 BPM
Review: Laurent Bardainne is a French saxophonist who's played in the bands Poni Hoax, Limousine and Lost. Last year his new combo Tigre D'Eau Douce made their debut at a European jazz festival, and how here are the first recorded fruits of their labours. Deep funk meets smooth jazz would be the overall idea, with Bardainne's sax naturally taking centre stage. Jazzbos should head for 'Aot' and 'Marvin' itself, 'Porsche 944' is the pick for the funkateers, while the Vibe Drops Remix of the latter caters for the b-boys and b-girls with an added rap vocal.
Review: Some six years ago we met Mr. 8040. It was 2357 A.D. and our hero was in the throes of hazardous journey back to his home planet. This premise was set up with Welcome To Mikrosector-50 LP in 2013, a debut Space Dimension Controller album for R&S. Love Beyond The Intersect, it is told, sees Mr 8040 again exploring "the unknown world in the hope of finding help." With Space Dimension Controller at the controls, this return represents a deeper touch to the story, with Moodymann levels of deep house depth reached in "Alone In An Unknown Sector" alongside the equally ambient and evoking sounds of "Sundown On Memory Point". A new level of maturity and minimalism shines through on the album with the power of subtleness is on display here. Cue ambient swells of cosmic atmospheres dusted up by the soft pitter-patter of luscious drums and sweet shining synths. Godspeed Mr. 8040!
Review: It's been a long time coming, but we are very excited to now see the 1Forty imprint dropping their releases through Juno, with this latest compilation project being the latest, showcasing just how strong they have become as a musical imprint and brand. They here return to their grimey, 140BPM roots with four absolute heaters, kicking off with a high energy, war-ready combination between the legendary Killa P and rapidly rising Fork And Knife. Next up, NothingNice arrives on production duty with more heavyweight flavours, over which Dizzle Kid & Killa P provide the vocal artillery before 9TRANE teams up with Fork And Knife for a monstrous 4x4 roller, dripping in OG grime energy. Finally, Hayz takes old school to an entirely new level as he employs super nostalgic synths and melodies over minimal, authentic drum patterns on 'High Top', to put the finishing touches on an awesome selection!
Review: Fresh dancehall? What's not to love as we welcome an all star cast to Raider for the second edition of 'Dancehall DigITAL', a super forward thinking compilation showcasing the best in new school reggae and bashment. We kick this one off with a look at Danny T & Tradesman's high energy collaboration with 'Here I Am', which features catchy vocal lines from Dark Angel, before King Toppa gives a serious digidub relick to G Duppy and Peppery's 'Happy'. Next up, Interrupt joins forces with Tenor Youthman on the nostalgic masterpiece named 'Murderer', chased up by the bashment vibes of 'Kill Dem Already' from Mowty Mahlyka and King Toppa'. We then finish up with the mastery of Shaolin Digital teaming up with Dusty Wata on super swingy 'Rumours & Inequity'. Excellent work from start to finish!