Review: Roots For Bloom's consistently on-point SHAG Edits jams continue with typically steamy results. Ethyene takes the lead with a big swooning string sample and shuffling Buckethead style beats, LK brings up the rear slowly and smoulderingly with a delicious slo-mo cosmic chugger, Georgi Barrel's "Up The Hill" is another big sample groove with more than a whiff of Sneak's "Can't Hide From Your Bud" to it. Finally David Moran closes the show with the sexiest jam of the set; the boogie breaks badness of "Weak". Strong
Review: The comic book-inspired Quartet Series returns to action, with another four studio superheroes joining the label's unofficial 'League of Extraordinary House Producers'. Returning hero Nachtbraker kicks things off with "Dobie", a quirky foray into percussion rich, jazz-house territory that packs serious dancefloor punch. Laurence Guy successfully breaks up the beats on the deep and woozy "Love & Be Loved", while Tommy Vicardi Jnr works his DJ Sneak style beats and cut-up samples hard on the deliciously energetic "Aplomb". Finally, LK doffs a cap to R&B, hip-hop and Detroit deep house on the pitched-down 4/4 shuffle of closer "Honey", which should appeal to those who enjoy the work of Marcel Vogel, Inkswel and Andres.
Review: Perhaps this tune is putting forward the theory of how the supposedly deceased husband in Mrs Brown's Boys isn't dead at all - he's actually off galavanting in Rio, as far away from his wife as possible. Perhaps. Or maybe it's actually a cleverly chopped up sample from a Romanthony classic with a techy-disco carnival vibe (less likely we admit, but you never know).
Review: In the old days, the cross-cultural, cross-genre fusions of Rio de Janeiro-based DJ LK would have been called "beats and breaks". As it is, his wonderfully sunny fusions of samba, bossa nova, jazz-funk, breakbeat and hip-hop could fall between the cracks. That would be a crying shame, as Misturada is as enjoyable a breakbeat-orientated album as you'll hear this year. While there are moments when big basslines and tough drums take over (see the dutty "Nabby Riddim"), for the most part it's a loveably loose, languid and laidback affair, deftly produced by someone who clearly knows what they're doing.
Review: In the space of two releases, Australian imprint Big Doint seems to have become one of the most hyped imprints on the planet. In many ways, it's understandable; the label's trademark blends of deep house and disco have a genuine freshness that's hard to dislike. This two-track blast from LK (AKA Lee Konitz) has thrills by the bucket load, with lead cut "Body & Soul" - a percussive house jam built around a ludicrously flexible funk bassline - sounding like an anthem in waiting. "Perhentian" is deeper and jazzier, coming on like Francis Inferno bonding with Moodymann over several blunts and an all-night session on the MPC.