Friday, 31 July
Dubstep original and erstwhile pirate, Jack Sparrow launches a tribal steppers assault upon Deep Medi. 'Hold and Pull' barrels forth with high-pressure 4/4 subs and grounation-style drumming carrying serious momentum; 'Pula Riddim' cools off on a rootikal digi-dub skank for the Adriatic beach set; 'Where Am I' goes one 'step farther into dank, skunked-out dub pressure.
Shan turns out a peaking rave sesh for Running Back. 'Work It' does the business in five versions, stripping down from a pumping, KMS-style 'Piano Mix' to the ruder NYC garage bounce of 'Bassline Party', a sun-dazed breakbeat 'Miami Mix', and Belgian-style 'Rave Beats', plus the lush 'Padapella'.
Just as you thought they'd run out of narcs, Cerberus Future Technologies catch a 3rd wind of 'Frequency Adjustments' to keep the party bent. Ringmaster, Ste Spandex parts the waves with the bugged out hypno-canter of 'Red Lights', opening a portal for his other aliases and collaborations to stream forth, from the Chicago bumpty bump of 'Sex (Untucked)' featuring Sarah Bates to the freeform synth and drums freak-out, 'OSC Mix' with Nova, plus stacks of grease from Montauk Boys, Kindred Dicks, Skanky Magic, and Licking Mirrors. A big tip to fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Danielle Baldelli, drugs.
Handsome haul of ruggedly percussive yet svelte Trance-Haus tribalism coming via Barcelona's Hivern Disc imprint - home to John Talabot, Teengirl Fantasy etc. Kresy is the man behind the two original tracks; 'Lords Of Percussion' locks into a stealthy, stylishly uplifting Techno groove with strong shades of classic early '90s Belgian trancers a la Praga Khan, and 'Holding Spaces' treks out into mystical Acid House zones also charted by hardware explorer Legowelt in his many guises. The remixes are suitably ace, too. Kresy's fellow Barceloní Aster drags the tempo of the title track down… Read more
The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production roles from erstwhile Vex'd bod, Roly Porter, plus Berlin's Phoebe Kiddo a.k.a Mind:Body:Fitness, and Canada's Egyptrixx, the nexx chap… Read more