This week at Juno
What exactly did Matt Radio Slave Edwards do over the New Year’s period? Was he ripping up the decks in some post-industrial clubland or reflecting quietly at the moon with a bottle of lighter fuel?
Whatever the Rekids boss got up to, it worked, as he’s started 2011 in blistering form with a killer release on his own label. As much as we like the sprawling house decadence of opening jam “Let It Rain”, it’s all about the B Side here, with “Suffa Groove” characterised by a gloriously demented piano line, chopped up vocals and thumping tech house beat.
That was just one of a glut of new 12″s that arrived this week. The Pinch/Elemental remixes of Shed’s Wax project will appeal to fans of both dubstep and techno, whilst hitherto unknown quantity Objekt delivered one of this year’s first must-have releases with some devilishly good stripped back stepper action.
Elsewhere, Dublin imprint All City begin the year with the first in a new series originally mooted by the label bosses back in 2009. Inviting their favourite producers to knock heads and deliver two tracks, All City deliver a statement of intent with Martyn and Mike Slott at the controls with brilliant results.
Oh, and how cheeky and loveable is DJ Koze, seriously? The Pampa boss gave us a taster for not eins but zwei upcoming albums on his Hamburg based imprint, with a split 12″ from Isolee and Robag Wruhme.
On a download tip, the wonderfully monikered Com Truise dropped an impressive album on Ghostly International, and another slick, on point release from Hyperdub got 2011 off to a very strong start for Kode 9’s zeitgeisty imprint, with Morgan Zarate (who you may recognise as a member of electronica band Spacek) stepping up to the plate.
If you missed Delano Smith’s latest swim into the deep end, check it out nowish, and the same applies to the remix package of sickeningly talented teenagers Jatoma, who come with the Michael Mayer stamp of approval.
It was a bumper week on the CD front, with the new Hercules & Love Affair album arriving as well as killer compilations on Boysnoize Records, Strut and BPitch Control. Meanwhile Modern Love delivered a luxuriously packaged compendium of work from Demdike Stare, rounding up the duo’s trilogy of previously vinyl only albums and throwing in some forty minutes of unreleased material. Stunning.
The disco beards among you will know full well that the tracklisting for Felix Dickinson’s instalment of the famed Originals series on Claremont 56 (pictured above) was such a closely guarded secret that even Julian Assange’s attempts to get his mitts on them were thwarted at every turn. So you can imagine our sense of childlike excitement when a batch finally arrived on the Juno doorstep this morning. Thanks Felix!