Monday, 01 February 2010
Subtitle is a veteran of the LA underground who has shared stagespace with Anticon, Shape Shifters, Living Legends and the Def Jux posse, this alone shows you how highly regarded this cat is. A killer soulful alien abstraction style in common with the more drugged Company Flow and multi layered vocabz of Awol One. Strange yet crushing lowfly hip hop loveliness. Full album to follow, yes! Strongly recommended.
This beautiful album from Harris Newman experiments with the raw sounds of the naked steel string guitar and a wider palette of instrumentation augmented beautifully in his particular brand of guitar soundscaping . The result is a rather diverse array of sounds and structures, all centered on the acoustic guitar. languid, gorgeous melodies and hefty fingerpicking workouts bump up against ghostly harmonics and acoustic drones. The album is made vibrant by contributions from sandro perri (polmo polpo) and bruce cawdron (godspeed you black emperor), making for a record that acts both as … Read more
Boy Better Know head Skepta unloads his latest long player for 2009 with a prime set of incisive lyricism and road ready riddims from a quality pack of producers. Through serious hard graft and a near unrivalled talent Skepta has risen to the top of his game, holding hands with Wiley and Dizzee to cross the busy dual carriageway dividing the worlds of underground Grime and the mainstream with some of the finest dance-pop tracks of recent years on 'Sunglasses At Night', 'Rolex Sweep' and 'Too Many Man' all included here. His elevated status allows him to pull in the UK's finest with gue… Read more
Returning with another LP's worth of adventurous hip hop and psychedelic sampler use, Daedelus drops 'Love To Make Music To' with the assistance of a host of friends, including Lilys producer Michael Johnson, Grammy winning rapper Paperboy, vocalist Erika Rose and members of Sa-Ra. On opener 'Fairweather Friends' Daedelus sounds as playful and inventive as ever, crafting patchwork melodies from far outside the perimeters of standard instrumental hip hop production, and next up, 'Make It So' bursts into life as if some lost 7" from a new romantic-era band. When he invites guest voca… Read more
Arriving in the midst of a bitterly cold January the Hibernate label could hardly have timed this release any better. 'In Poor Visibiity' positions itself as an ode to your wintry woes, sporting a sleeve image that could have been snapped outside your house this very morn. It wasn't, incidentally; as it turns out the cover-mounted photo is a found picture that electronic composer Tom White took as an inspirational starting point for his music. The evocative imagery of frost, snow and ice continues to be of great inspiration to ambient and microsound composer types, as the list of bli… Read more
This is the latest single from everyone's favourite makebelieve Victorian, Daedelus. Of course being a single we don't just have the fabulous track itself, but we're blessed with a trio of remixes, coming from XXXchange, Moonstar and the hotly tipped Samiyam. The XXXchange mix is predictably high quality moving into throbbing electro-house territory but the real shocker here is the incredible version from Hyperdub signing Samiyam. Known for his associations with the hot-as-hell Flying Lotus the producer shows himself to be just as talented in the low-end shuffl… Read more
The good ship Ninja has made some spot on A&R decisions over the last six months = Sixtoo, Diplo & now Blockhead. That takes some doing and a fresh pair or ears if you ask me. Blockhead's best known to the b-boys (& b-girls :) as THE producer for the man Aesop Rock, esp on his classic 'Float' and 'Labor Days' long players - 'Bazooka Tooth's failing's, though few, rest mostly on the fact that Blockhead took a back seat on that album. Anyway, onto his Ninja debut - as expected not a full hip hop odyssey but a deviously dope excursion into loosely based hip hop instrumentalism. Far from… Read more
Chris Bowden - renaissance sax-player, killer string-arranger and all round musical gem - returns with his first single for Ninja Tune. 'Beautiful Nasty' continues the journey that he began with his critically-acclaimed album (Soul Jazz) - a swinging, complex live breakbeat funk beat combined with mournful double bass, angular string lines and a typically compact and soulful sax solo (where soulful means full of emotion, not a series of cliches). Includes a 4-Hero remix.