Monday, 15 June 2009
Opening track 'Anything' skips into action with a thinned out string sample that provides a backdrop for the usual litany of MC platitudes and declarations of proficiency. "I'm better than you in the bedroom/I'm better than you on the mic" goes the taunt. While listeners of an exceptionally generous, Ned Flanders-like nature might be willing to entertain giving the vocalist the benefit of the doubt on his first supposition, the latter boast rings eminently hollow. Perhaps instead of repeatedly announcing the superiority of his MC skills we'd all be better served by him actually demo… Read more
Germany's top-a-top dub imprint Police In Helicopter roll it out white vinyl styles with a juicy riddim from Mungo's Hi-Fi backed with a darkside dubstep piece from Phokus and Mr Boogie. Mungo's 'Tweeky' is our pick, generating nuff heat with clipped polyrhthms and turbo charged bass sounding like Shackleton inna face off with early Coki productions. Phokus and Boogie come in hard and heavy on the flip with a DJ's rave tool built from Acidbass turbulence and low-riding halfstep patterns. Tuff!
Prime house heavyweights from the deadly effective duo of Werner Neidermeier and Andrea Nzekwu following up their very warmly recieved 'The Rock' anthem, which was played extensively by the likes of Ame, Seth Troxler and Jay Haze. Both 'Adonai' and 'Source' may not have the immediately catchy vocal of 'The Rock', but their knack for physically shifting and efficiently heavy house rhythms is in full swing with the bobbling Tom Tom patterns and shuffled hi-hats of 'Adonai' giving way to an immense subbass shift that will carry like a dream on a decent soundsystem. You could very easily imagine… Read more
Regular Mojuba contributer Nick Solé returns on the label with two tracks of purist deep house. This will tick all the boxes of the most hardcore Mojuba types with thick sub driven rhythms and functionally clean and crisp percussion executed with enough finesse and sophistication to warrant a release on Mojuba. Title track 'Simple Things' is the one to check, stealthily building a rich beat before revealing an insistent lead line that will work wonders in the club. Ace.
Steinhoff & Hammouda With Donnie? Surely coming up with a band name would have been a more economical measure? Presumably this bunch had the fullness of their creative energies invested in the production instead, which on 'Touch' builds nicely, with waves of incrementally shifting percussive flourishes encasing a deceptively simple electric piano stab that runs through the centre of the entire mix. The remix on the B-side is a more heavy duty affair with rolling 808-style kit sounds and warm pads.
Alluringly extravagant abstract electronica from NYC scenester Rusty Santos, who's made his name mixing and collaborating with all the city's major musical exports (Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and Panda Bear, most prominently). The Way We Are follows up his Loaf debut The World I See, and takes a more experimental form than any of the projects he's helped out on previously. Although there are shades of Black Dice running through these playful effects-driven soundscapes, Santos avoids anything so organised or straight-forward as a loop - or even an orderly rhythm. 'Salt Water Tra… Read more
This remix EP gets underway with a raw, minimal production from Samuel Davis, whose relatively flat, simple beats house a grinding chord riff with occasional interjections of sampled dialogue. Avoiding four-to-the-floor beat structures, the DJ Qu remix of 'Black Panther' propels itself across an intriguing, subtly sculpted sound field taking in various melodic diversions and detours along the way. We're back into more conventional and steadfast dancefloor territory for Federico Molinari's remix of 'Deepest America', which expends all its energy on wily percussive dev… Read more
Tony Allen is a true musical innovator. His pivotal role as Fela Kuti's drummer in the 70's established the Afro-beat style which has since spread around the world to infect bands and artists as diverse as Vampire Weekend and Bugz In The Attic. Released in 2006, 'Lagos No Shaking' is the set that gave birth to a slew of celebrated remixes, but more importantly is Allen's return to the super-funked and soulful sound he pioneered with Fela Kuti over 30 years ago. His tightly syncopated yet fluid rhythms have become the cornerstone of much popular West African music and it's really diffi… Read more
Heavyweight housers from Chicago legend Mike Dunn, shaping up two club dedicated burners featuring the gospel inflected vocals of Mina Jackson on Clone's new Club Series. Dunn has commendably kept abreast of the times with 'Pray', featuring up-to-the-minute production techniques compatible with any of todays bigger hosue tracks, but still pumping them full of the raw and undiluted Chi-Town spirit that signified the best of his seminal work on Djax Up Beats/Trax etc. Mina Jackson's strong vocal performance steers this away from cheesy pitfalls, but make sure to check the instrum… Read more
Clone's Loft Supreme series is shaping up to be a suave beast with Elitchenique's 'Munich Emotions' lending some sincere Italo-disco glamour. For those that don't know, Elitechnique are the pair of Dutch heads behind the essential Edit Technique series and also function as a super tight live disco outfit with a blend of synthesizers, guitars, drum machines and vocals. 'Munich Emotions' slipped out of the Clone camp a few months back on a limited white label that changed hands for silly money on ebay, but they've done us a favour and plonked it on the A-side here, so we… Read more
Stones Throw bring the club heat with the long awaited '100 Dolla Billz' single from sometime Lootpack member and label fixture MED aka Medaphoar. Production duties are left in the safe hands of Madlib, dippin' low with a Texan styled slow-rider - all down-pitched electronic bleeps, glutinous bass and rude strings to compliment MED's harder delivery. Flipping it for the beat heads 'Soon Find Out' is closer to what you'd expect from the 'lib, sketching 80's soul bass with swinging drums and lowlit slow-jam vibes. Both tracks come with instrumental, clean and dirty versions. Uh huh.
Cincinnati musician Alex Cobb might be best known for the label he runs, Students Of Decay, but his output as Taiga Remains pursues a potent sub-strand of the drone om-niverse. These guitar-driven sustain-fests range from eerily tranquil meditations to scourging discordance, often turning on you within the course of a single piece of music. This art is probably best exemplified by 'Leaf Green Bodies', whose verdant, luxurious hum soon boils over into an ear-dazzling sensorial overload, stringing together cacophonous insectile chatter and pandaemonious organ-like timbres. 'Hoverer' starts… Read more
Stones Throw hook up a veritable meeting of minds pushing forward their runt-like oddity James Pants to meet electro legend Egyptian Lover on a remix of Pants' 'Cosmic Rapp'. There's not much to say about this track other than it's an Egyptian Lover track, and sounds like every other Egyptian lover track which is exactly what 100% of his fans want to hear. Matters get more intersting on the flip with Pant's original track 'Tape Rolls' getting on a mashed psyche-rock tip with tumbling drum breaks, or the wavey funk meets cock-rock guitar solos of 'Looks That Kill' followed by another short psyche out experiment. Crazy sh*t.