We hardly need any convincing on the quality of Rian Treanor's productions as he's been completely unfuckwithable from day one, but "File Under UK Metaplasm" is still next damn level.
Rian bashed out the initial demos on returning from a trip to Uganda in 2018 for Nyege Nyege Festival. Inspired by the producers he'd collaborated with in Kampala, he switched up his workflow and began jamming out ideas at higher tempos, harnessing the energy of singeli music without simply carbon copying the style. Initial sketches were eventually fleshed into proper tracks and tested on audiences (and on soundsystems) around the world where Rian could assess the power of each element.
It was worth the hard work, the result is a fiery set of tunes that sound like everything at once and nothing at all. Opener 'Hypnic Jerks' is ragged kick-bubbling 200-bpm club on secondment to Tanzania; 'Vacuum Angle' is wobbly DMT-step that sounds like an attempt to use aging educational computer software to power the Stargate; 'Mirror Instant' is shuffling bassline house kicked up to 45rpm; 'Opponent Process' is EP7-era Autechre with the fun switch turned on; 'Debouncing' is double-speed grime that glides into parts unknown. By the time the album reaches a close on 'Orders From The Pausing', a melancholic gabber tune with an almost inverted, whisper-soft kick (?), Rian suddenly introduces reverb to the mix, just because he can.
Peerless, unfathomably inventive electronic music from the North of England, via East Africa - fucking essential.
Hessle Audio juice three bare boned, tracky DJ tools from Manchester’s First Lady of the rave (FLOTR?) following shots for Chow Down and Finn’s 2 B Real
‘Loos In Twos’ was last spotted on Anz’ ’Spring/Summer Dubs 2019’ set and rolls out on sort of Darqwan-meets-DJ Plead tip with a balance of bashy break-step and defter Mahraganat-like hustle shot thru with rave stabs. ‘Gary Mission’ follows with corkscrewing delays on a martial kick/snare hustle underlined with swooping subs, and she turns the screws on a belly-tightening hustle with the sparring drum hits and gasps-for-percussion of ’Stepper’.
Properly on fire junglist business from Sully on a classically rude and forward tilt for Fracture & Neptune’s Astrophonica
He’s not messing around here, giving nods to the greats in his own style, from Photek-like breakbeat kung fu in ‘Werk’ spun with a nuttier hardcore flex, to the bolshy mix of jungle tempo and Valve-era Dillinja on ‘Poison’, before peaking out with teeth-chattering breaks in the rushy epic title tune, and tucking away the liquid glyde of ‘Memories’ for a wee sob at the side of the ‘floor.
UKFunky OG Karen Nyame aka KG shares new and sought-after vintage gear in a 2nd zinger for Goon Club Allstars, who were behind her 2018 classic ‘808’
Including her early vocal ace ‘Feeling Funky’ (2009), along with a bucking cunty remix by ballroom kween Quest?onmarc, the ‘Sensei EP’ follows her 2019 team up with Scratcha DVA with proper mana for those who can’t get over that late ‘00s style - hand up over here!
Producing since she was 8 years old, KG was in uni at Nottingham when she made the strikingly Cooly G-compatible ‘Feeling Funky’ and issued it via UK Funky.com in 2009. Her remix of Greyman’s ‘BBM’ is a rarer deep cut with marimbas recalling a tuffer take on Ifefe Iku’s ‘Mirror Dance’, and ‘Sensei’ brings us up to date with her brief in a super tight style kind alike Príncipe’s Nídia via Timbaland.
Proper rug cutters. Don’t kip!
Highest grade party fuel from India Jordan, keeping the rave spirits stoked with their rushiest and deepest bag of bangers to last all day and night.
Jacking it from filter house to pill belly piano hardcore and godly ghettotech slammers, ‘For You’ keeps the gauge ticking between heads-down and arms-up in a classic, up-for-it late ‘90s/00s way that came thru on India's 2019 debut EP and split with buddy o’pal Finn.
The teasing filtered come-up of ’Rave City’ is literally giving us pill belly squirms right now, and ‘Emotional Melodical’ also serves the rave some needed trance lushness, whilst the Orbital-riffing ‘For You’ and ‘I’m Waiting (Just 4 U)’ are brimming over with timeless UK dance-poptimism, beautifully in balance with the ebullient pads and Reese bass D&B roller ‘Westbourne Avenue’, and the fast and deep jungle-tekno dream of ‘Dear Nan King’.
Your RDA of endorphins right here.