Review: This release marks two important returns - that of both the High & Fly label and the jazz funk band Trevor & Lisa. They may sound like an early couple of characters in Eastenders, but this Parisian outfit are chic as you like. "LA Nights" is a vintage West Coast g-funk jam with Roger Troutman vibes a plenty. "Breaks Droppin'" is a smooth, melancholic slice of Balearic soul and "The Battle" is a sassy 70s Latin-disco-rock explosion. Guaranteed to blow your mind.
Dope On Plastic (feat Raashan Ahmad) - (3:53) 117 BPM
Skit Twister - (0:50) 117 BPM
Soundshake - (3:27) 116 BPM
Theme Of Trevor & Lisa - (4:02) 115 BPM
My Friend (feat Jehro) - (4:32) 96 BPM
Time - (1:28) 70 BPM
Soul Clap (feat Rita J) - (4:26) 115 BPM
Tango Hustle - (4:56) 123 BPM
Until Vibes - (0:59) 76 BPM
Dance To The Drummer's Beat (feat The Real Fake MC) - (3:54) 122 BPM
Get Off - (3:44) 128 BPM
Review: Nope, not a Mike Leigh film about a council estate couple, Trevor & Lisa are in fact a Parisian Funk trio comprising Sebastien Despicht, Mikael Prignot and Stephane Ugolini. Dedicated to the art of live performance, these guys have rinsed the French gig circuit and their resulting musical dexterity has now manifested itself in this debut album. It's a rollicking good listen with standouts including the breaky "Night Of The Wolf", the electro-boogie of "Soundshake" and the spacey, voicebox-led experience that is "Time".
Review: Hayes is a new techno label to emerge from Portugal, and for its second release gathers together some new talent. First up is -2 with "Scherzo", a dense, rolling groove led by dramatic chord surges. It's understated, but its kicks rumble away in the background like distant thunder. Temudo, who has released on Planet Rhythm and Labrynth, delivers deeper, hypnotic, loops of "A2", while on Osse's "Quantum Mechanics", a forbidding future is mapped out through the use of spiky, insistent rhythms and tonal sequences transmitted from outer space. Rounding off this exemplar release is VIL's "Metafora", where claustrophobic drums and clattering percussion prevail.
Review: Punk funk outfit !!! find themselves remixed on this new EP from Warp, and it contains some of the most cutting-edge reworks we've heard in a while. Patrick Ford, Jim Eno and Mister Saturday Night's Alex Burkat all do their thing in fine style, rocking and shaking throughout, but the real jewels come from Proibito label head and all-round NY bad-boy Anthony Naples, and UK house-cat Maurice Fulton, who both deliver the goods in gargantuan proportions.
Review: Released physically as part of Warp's Record Store day activities, All U Writers / Gonna Guetta Stomp sees the welcome return to the label of Brooklyn's agit punk funk troupe !!!. Pronounced Chk Chk Chk, the ensemble have been long term fixtures of the Warp roster and this two track release provides further evidence of their talent for constructing a tight beat. Lead track "All U Writers" is a disco-tinged lick with instantly memorable vocals and a rather eerie collection of synths travelling in its underbelly, which sees the well-schooled hands of Ewan Pearson on the production buttons. "Gonna Guetta Stomp" is even weirder and even more of a hybrid tune, where a steady house beat links up with off-kilter piano keys, drunken vocals and sci-fi sonics.