Chris Coupe and Chris Watson's first album as FYI Chris, last year's Earth Scum, was a thrillingly imaginative, impossible to pigeonhole affair that effortlessly blended elements of ambient, hip-hop, bass music, jazz, post-punk, peak-time house, bleeping electro and much more besides. There's a similarly boundary-blurring feel to Unreal Naseau, a follow-up EP packed with high-grade musical treats. Opener 'Things To Do' is a dusty, jazzy and hypnotic twist on dubby deep house that keeps building in intensity throughout, while 'Hair of the Dog' sees the pair wrap ultra-dreamy chords, acid bass and star fall electronics around a sweaty, percussion-laden Latin beat. Elsewhere, 'Orange Wednesday' is a drum-heavy peak-time workout peppered with sharp bleeps and spaced-out samples, and 'Terrarium' blends ambient techno, dubby deep house and glassy-eyed electronica.
WSNWG showcases collaborations between label chief Rodhad and a variety of like-minded artists, all recorded in the warm creative environment of his Berlin studio. This release sees him team up with modular synth extraordinaire JakoJako for a full-length titled In Vere. Whether it"s the dreamy IDM of "Helonias" or the evocative ambient soundscape of Orchis, this release is largely experimental much unlike the label"s previous output. However, the duo make room for some dancefloor oriented material, such as the pummelling main room cut "Lilium" or the deep and linear minimal techno of "Passeri" (Floor mix).
Bristol's Shall Not Fade presents a new DJ mix by Polish producer Bartosz Kruczynski aka Earth Trax, who just last week dropped his third LP for the label - The Sensual World. The 13-tracker saw the Warsaw-based producer prove himself as one of the most versatile and consistent producers in the game. This hour long continuous mix, however, proves his abilities behind the decks and comes also the individual tracks. Some of the highlights not limited to: the understated stomp of Trudge's emotive "When The Rain", the airy electro of Tom Vernon's "Disappear" or the ever reliable Harrison BDP taking you aboard the acid express on "Immortal", as well as the mandatory Earth Trax cuts "Trust Me" (dub mix,) "Fireflies" and "Dream Pop".
The 3024 Mentoring Program helps producers of all experience levels to find their own voice and develop it, based on label chief Martyn's integrated approach to music. It Was Always There Vol 3 is the final installment of a 28-track project 'and possibly the most exploratory and international of the three compilations.' It features Catalan producer Shelly with the downbeat acid redux of "Rogues", EM Fields creates a brooding atmosphere on the dystopian beats of "We Were No Different", Nabil Hayat unloads some seriously off-kilter techno on "Edge" and Finland's Omnitron explores the grey area of drum 'n' bass on "Esoteric Break Device" among others.
Andrea Bonalumi aka Big Hands enlists the services of trumpet player Abraham Parker to deliver this distinctive, left of centre release. Both "Aperta (Improv. 1)" and "278 Dub (Improv. 2)" are slow paced, dubby pieces, with Parker's evocative playing adding an extra layer of mystery to the arrangements. On "Doppio", Bonalumi veers in a different direction; the rhythm is faster and percussive, with Parker's trumpet playing lending a musical dimension to the track. Al Wooton, who regularly releases on Trule, closes out the release with a stripped back dance floor transformation of "278 Dub" that doesn't sacrifice the original version's jazzy sensibilities.
[Re]sources is a Parisian imprint led by French bass music DJ-producer Tommy Kid. For its latest release, he"s tapped Bristol"s Jurango who returns to the label for his second release following up 2020"s Rift EP. The result is the deep dubstep journey of "Concrete Blossom". with Two more tracks are featured, such as the entrancing polyrhythms of "The Undisputed Sleuth" sure to transport you deep into the exotic, while the hypnotic beat arrangements of "Flourine Mink" will affect with strobe-like intensity