Monday, 19 January
Christian Piers aka Laszlo Dancehall shakes out three slickly hypnotic yet gritty tech-house grooves for Curle. 'Never Born Beautiful' feels like a Radioslave meets PAS production; 'Angels' weighs big bad bass motifs and tense, warehouse-ready builds; 'The Kissing Of A God' eases off with warmer chords, subs and laid back swing.
Mayer Hawthorne drops the Mark Ronson schtick in favour of a saucy boogie sound with Jake One as Tuxedo for Stones Throw. Thankfully no Bruno Mars in sight.
Badlad D&B rollers from Manchester's long-standing MC DRS. Newcastle's Jubei furnishes him a hard-stepping slab of darkness called 'The Puppeteer'; Marcus Intalex runs a dubwise liquid jungle roller under 'Emergency'.
Kessler twists the lines of European and American dance music for the Cleveland, Ohio and Cologne-based Low Hanging Fruit label. Wonky electro meets B-more club and dubstep in opener, 'Say Hey', alongside the pressurised jack of 'True Love After Almost Rape', and the Wolfgang Voigt-gone-EDM stomp of 'Factum'.
2nd single from the French-Cuban daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Díaz, taken from their upcoming, eponymous debut album.