Review: The latest missive on Justin Van Der Volgen's My Rules imprint sees the Brooklyn producer rework a lesser-known, previously digital-only track from storied Japanese producer Yukihiro Fukutomi under the familiar Foog alias. On side A Van Der Volgen gives the track the melodious, heavily electronic deep house shuffler the edit treatment, wisely making more of the original's squeezable synthesizer bassline and Fukitomi's bobbing waves of melody. For those who fancy a bit of sleaze, the flipside Dub, in which Van Der Volgen focuses on the chunky groove underpinning the Tokyo stalwart's undulating electronic motifs, is as throbbing, groovy and percussive as you'd expect.
Review: It's been some five years since we last heard from TBD, the alias used by old pals Lee Douglas and Justin Van Der Volgen for their occasional trips into sleazy, techno-influenced, basement-bothering, jack-track territory. Even by their standards, "Below" is deliciously filthy - a throbbing, pulsating fusion of rave-inspired electronics, dark build-ups, freakish acid lines and thunderous low-end bounce. Old pal DJ Kent (AKA producer Kento Sasaki) dons the occasional Backwoods pseudonym on the flipside remix, delivering a similarly dark but more electro-influenced interpretation that draws more heavily on the original's alien funk electronics.