Review: The third EP from "outsider club music specialists" Basic Moves comes from veteran Belgian producer Sebastian Snoeck under the long-forgotten Caustic 14 alias (previously used just once, way back in 1994). The two tracks showcased here were apparently recorded by Snoeck "between 1999 and 2001". A-side "Message in a Box" sets the tone, with Snoek layering spacey melodies, Drexciyan electronics and vintage B12 flourishes over a punchy, electro style breakbeat. In contrast, "Rising Star" sounds like the long-lost illegitimate son of Speedy J (in Artificial Intelligence mode, before he went super-heavy), Orlando Voorn and Underground Resistance. This, we think you'll agree, is an enticing proposition.
Review: DJ.Booth aka Driss Bennis aka OCB is a newcomer to the elector game, but we wouldn't be surprised to find that he's actually a Detroit great under disguise. Conspiracies aside, this producer is making some of the illest electro around these days, and this new EP for Basic Moves will undoubtedly appeal across the board. "Night Train" is a heavy, bass-driven thumper of a track with a rumbling bass and shards of UK jungle's sample style while, on the flip, "Overseas" acts as the perfect B-side thanks to its relatively calmer waves of synths... backed by a growling, omnipresent bass, of course. TIP!
Review: Brussels-based Driss Bennis aka OCB aka DJ.Booth serves up the tenth release on the local Night Moves imprint - run by Walrus and Ailsa Cavers. With his good pal Chris "Funk" Ferreira manning the console again, Bennis serves up a couple of fierce cuts here: on the A side get down to the classic electro beats of "Interflug" taking the very best of NYC and Detroit at the same time - that'll have you doing the Electric Boogaloo in no time. On the flip, the same booming bass heavy approach is all over "Rover" while merging the soulful melancholia of second wave Chicago - think Alleviated when you hear those dreamy bittersweet pads throughout.
Review: A sticker on the front of this 12" from Brussels-based Basic Moves proudly proclaims that 100 per cent of sales royalties will be donated to charity. It's a nice move and one that should guarantee that the record is taken even more seriously. Like much of the label's output, it boasts self-styled "outsider club music", this time from Casablanca-born DJ Booth and label co-founder Walrus. DJ Booth handles side A, first romping his way through a bleeping, intoxicating, peak-time techno club jam ("Defaulted (Industry)"), before reaching for the breakbeats, deep electronics and electro shuffle on the superb "The Door". On side B Walrus takes over. "Can't Get New Shoes" is a bubbly, acid-fired chunk of electro/techno crunchiness, while "Free City Light" is notably deeper jazzier and way more melodic.
Review: For their latest must-check release, outsider club music specialists Basic Moves welcome debutant The Sect3000, a Swiss producer who originally recorded the material showcased here for his own private amusement way back in the mid 1990s. It's great that we finally get to hear them, though, because both tracks are superb. "Blaupause", an organ and acid-fired chunk of techno futurism closer in tone and style to Detroit is undeniably emotion-rich, while flipside "Plastic Dream" offers a trippy, deep space romp through pitched-up, Motor City style electro reminiscent of both Aux88 and Drexciya.