Dance To The Drummer's Beat (feat The Real Fake MC) - (3:54) 122 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: 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.
Review: As far as stage names go, ?! is right up there with !!!. That said, it doesn't stop the artist in question from delivering an impressive, dubby house release. Inspired by the San Francisco tribal sound of the late 90s and the spacious warehouse tracks of turn of the millennium UK tech house, "Shattered Mind" sets the tone for the release. Spooky vocal samples, system-levelling dub bass and a jacking rhythm all combine to deliver a lethal dance floor track. "Push The Boundaries" is more of the same, albeit with a more jerky groove and dubby whooshes, while "Detox" sees the mysterious producer veer into a deeper, moody techno sound.
Review: So far this year, the Gent-based Token have been in suitably rampant form, issuing material from Inigo Kennedy and Xhin, reissuing a Mark Broom classic and unleashing Token Introspective, the label's first official mix that's been compiled by founder Kr!z, which arrived last week. Whilst most labels would stop momentarily to catch their breath, Token don't even countenance it and instead ramp up the expectation for the upcoming LP from label mainstay O [Phase]. Due out in the Autumn, Frames Of Reference is the long awaited debut album from O [Phase], aka South West Londoner Ashley Burchett and a taste of what to expect on it arrives in the shape of the On The Edge / Perplexed EP, with both tracks here showing true techno grit.