Jerk Ribs (Ben Pearce radio edit) - (3:36) 123 BPM
Review: Forget Blah-once or Schm-ihanna, Kelis has always been the coolest sci-fi R&B gal. From Caught Out There to Milkshake, Kelis was always about being about different and taking chances and, having sought solace from a vicious battle with her former label by training as a chef, she's doing it again with new album, Food. "Jerk Ribs" is the starters and is an unexpected slice of quality retro soul that really showcases Miss Rogers' seductive vocal talents. Remix highlights include Will Saul's quirky house take and Mount Kimble's stunning, tragedy-laced house version. Fresh!
Review: Given that it was her first album for four years, and thus a comeback of sorts, it was something of a surprise to see Kelis' recent LP drop on Ninja Tune. While Food is a fine set, there's little of the frosty, scratchy experimentalism you might expect from such a leftfield hook-up. Step forward Actress, who delivers a brilliantly icy, glacial, sparse and melodic take on recent single "Rumble". Kelis' howling vocal sounds surprisingly good atop Actress's immensely beautiful and melancholic backing track. The heavenly instrumental is included, too, for those moments when Kelis' urgent delivery is just a little too much to handle.
Friday Fish Fry (Maribou State & Pedestrian remix - radio edit) - (4:11) 60 BPM
Friday Fish Fry (Rob Garza remix) - (5:47) 118 BPM
Friday Fish Fry (Visionist remix) - (3:31) 132 BPM
Friday Fish Fry (Darq E Freaker remix) - (4:11) 118 BPM
Friday Fish Fry (Maribou State & Pedestrian remix - extended dub) - (5:30) 60 BPM
Review: The third single to be lifted from Kelis' distinctly earthy Food album on Ninja Tune finds the R&B giant getting yet another salvo of remixes, this time on the bluesy romper "Friday Fish Fry". Maribou State & Pedestrian team up to deliver a slow-burning simmerer that opens up a treat in the second half, and Rob Garza drops a neat and tidy house shuffler with delicate acid ruminations. Visionist then twists out a trademark oddball grime interpretation, while Darq E Freaker takes his own half step style into outer space for a starry eyed version. It's a real variety pack that features something unique to appeal to everyone.
Various - "Hospital Mixtape: Fred V & Grafix" (continuous mix) - (1:04:04) 175 BPM
Review: It must be summer! Hospital Records get the British heatwave season cracking with a brand new whopper-length mixtape, this time from the label's own Fred V & Grafix. The sheer number of quality names clambering all over this tracklist gives the release some weight even before it begins, but then again it's hard to see people like S.P.Y, Lynx, Ivy Lab, Urbandawn, Etherwood, Bungle and Cynatific without getting a touch of the vapours. Look out also for the stunning Logistics remix of Andreya Triana's "Lullaby".
Review: Judging by Toolroom's latest mammoth collection, the sound of the White Island in 2014 will be uplifting house music. Granted, there are some diversions on this compilation thanks to Eric Sneo's rattling minimalism and Doorly's jacking "Thunder Clap", but these are few and far between. Even Kelis gets in on the vocal house sound, with Breach chopping up the singer's vocals on his tracky version of "Rumble". Breach faces stiff competition from his peers though, with Tensnake turning London Grammar's "Hey Now" into an epic vocal anthem. However, the stand out contribution comes from a real veteran and MK's piano-led take on Lancelot's "Givin' It Up (feat Antony & Cleopatra)" recalling classic KMS.
Review: Though located just off the African coast, the population of Madagascar are descended from African and southeast Asian (and more specifically Malaysian) roots in equal measure. Being an island with such an ethnically distinct population naturally led to the emergence of distinct local musical styles such as salegy and soukous, and this compilation explores what happened when those styles collided with western funk, soul and pop in the 70s and 80s. Hammond organs, 6/8 rhythms, vocal chants and high, cascading guitar lines ? la West African highlife are the dominant themes - world music lovers, dive in to find out more!