Monday, 22 December
Friday, 19 December
Shackleton triggers another tribalist chain reaction with 'Deliverance Series No. 2'. Shack presents two extended trips subtly refining his craft to a fluid, rhythmelodic flux sparking with vital, hypnotic energy. The eleven minute 'Dominion Rings' coolly charges up percolating drums and fizzing synth dynamics to a signature lather of lilting groove and keening pads linked with a lattice of dub-fried electronics to a staggered polymetric finale. 'Cast The Die' deals in a more worldly fusion of Eastern-gazing chant, Raga-like motifs and natty percussive patter with a queered eldritch quality that's Shackleton to the core.
Tuesday, 16 December
One of 2014's most virulent labels, 1080p, give Moon B some room to stretch out with the fug-house styles of 'Lifeworld'. Dense with crushed samples lopped from boogie, new age and electro-soul tapes and wax, it's a well stoned mooch around Moon B's ferric headspace, previously glimpsed in his productions for PPU and Going Good. The closest comparison would be DJ Screw mixtapes and Delroy Edwards' 'Slowed Down Funk' sessions, but there's also something more esoteric, dreamy about B's vibe and selection that should be taken with caution if you're listening while driving, y'know? Otherwise, "stuff a stocking wid it!"
Monday, 15 December
**Triple LP includes download code** David Moufang aka Move D reprises his celebrated Reagenz duo with Jonah Sharp aka Space Time Continuum for The Bunker New York, five years since their Workshop album and two decades on from their seminal, eponymous debut LP on Source. A live recording conflation of correlating ideas from jazz, house, and ambient electronica, 'The Periodic Table' plays-through six extended meditations effortlessly, imperceptibly segueing between effervescent machine rhythms, dub house momentum and fractured jazz abstraction over the course of … Read more
Most mellifluous garage styles from Huddersfield's finest, starting up the the White Label Series on his own Q Recordings. The original plays cooler with delicious pop/street-soul vocal, sparkling keys and laidback swing; the 2-step remix gives more prominence to the vocal around thee most infectious syncopation.
Rugged, London-style house ravers in four parts. We'd advise drawing for the twisted modern electro-house funk of 'Tempest' and the infectious, darkside swing of 'Granulate' for the shape-cutters.
Ballroom meets techno in Imaabs' banging debut for Trax Couture. Highlights for us are the dry, kicking club constrcution, 'That joint' with its metallic delays, sparse groove and sweetened drops, or the scuffed swing and parry of 'White Noise'.