Review: UK legend Dego and killer keys-man Kaidi Tatham have been in a rich vein of form of late, dropping brilliant EPs on Eglo, Sound Signature and Rush Hour (the latter under their 2000Black alias). Here, they return to Eglo with four more slices of warm, rich, soul-flecked fluidity. As with previous outings, much of the material has a laidback jazz-funk feel, particularly "Orbiting Uhara" and the delicious "The Vault Descends" (think bustling bruk rhythms and darting boogie synths). They also offer up some tougher, synth-laden bruk-funk in the shape of "Man Made", while "Black Is Key" sees them unfurl a head-nodding vocal roller.
Review: With the Bizarre Feeling EP laying the sound for the subsequent fist year of the label, it is right Jamie returns with EP#2 to move things forward with another twisted take on his unique mutoid-protoid-machine-funk-groove. Starting with Mad Obsession you would be forgiven for thinking you'll have Bizarre Feeling Part 2, with warped vocals - taken from late night, half asleep scribbled notes - and space echo haze, but let the percussion work-out trip you up and the stars in and before you know it things start going leftfild and then deeper with the Free Party Sound System bass line shuffl of Time Nearly Time. What he is on (about), no one knows. It is on the flp however that things take a darker turn. Beyond the confession booth, down sharp stairs and dripping ceiling to a red light lit room of latter day late night blues.
Review: After debuting on Deeply Rooted last year with the ingeniously titled EP 1, French producer Marcelus serves further notice of his burgeoning talent for twisted raw techno rattlers with a sequel for the label. Equally simplistic in its titular leanings EP 2 begins in stomping fashion with the naturally acidic tones of "Sulfuric", with the sort of heavy flourishes throughout that can only elicit gleeful responses. This contrasts nicely with the rumbling heads down vibe of "Shape" which is all reverberant metallic textures cascading around the depths of the gloopy rhythms. Special mention for how Marcelus teases out those vocals! Flip over for the high level intensity of "Life Cycle" and the relentless alien rattle of "Mutation". Do check!
Review: Fresh from the success of their first split 12" on Diggin' Deeper, Michael The Lion and Jay Airiness return to the imprint with more hot-to-trot, dancefloor-ready re-edits. It's the former who handles side A with the bouncy, percussion-laden disco-funk romp that is "Direction NYC" (all razor-sharp Chic style guitars riffs, booming slap bass and dense drums) before putting his stamp on a hazy, horn-heavy disco stepper that should be familiar to a few dusty-fingered diggers. Airiness, on the other hand, starts his side with the trading horn solos, fluttering flutes, jazz-funk tropes and busy slap-bass of "Jazzy Mind", before reaching for the stars via the celebratory disco release of "Disco Dance".
Review: Rote is the latest collaborative project of Daniel Avery and Volte-Face, the former being a mainstay of Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound and the latter already an important member of London's BleeD label. Their second EP, the minimally labelled EP2, lands on the aforementioned imprint with five tenebrous segments of electronic fuzz in all its various styles and guises. For instance, "Lifted" is a chilling, beatless opener made of hollow ambient sonics, whereas tunes like "Rote 3" or "Rote 4" are driven by subtle swarms of 4/4 beats and skeletal blends of percussion and distorted tones. "Sun In The Nigh" is a glorious, wide-eyed noise improvisation, and "End Of The Sky" cools the temperature down with a deep and cerebral slice of IDM-like beats. TIP!
Review: The forward thinking and far reaching Belgian imprint Silverback have impressed in their short lifespan to date, slipping out killer drops from the likes of Damu and Nguzunguzu. Overseen by Ultravid and the Voltron collective of DJs (whose collection of sweaters should worry Legowelt) from their Ghent HQ, the label reaches it tenth release in little over a year and they expand operations to celebrate with their first vinyl drop. Polish producer The Phantom is at the helm with four tracks that veer between genre classifications with aplomb. The A Side pits the sweat-filled house antics of the piano heavy "Ceremony" alongside the neck snapping aquacrunk thizzurp of "Gothic" whilst the flip has what Teki Latex refers to as BokBokian grime ("Voyeur") vying for your attentions with the stunningly inventive "Collosus". An illuminating release from all involved!
Review: Smooth and crunchy each and every... The mysterious Butterfred whizzes up the ingredients and serves up breakfast once again. Slow, spacious, steeped in industrial strength textures, there's some truly unique flavours cooking here. Sludgy Shadowisms on "Toast", Theo Parrish mutations on "Slick Toast", cavernous drum work on "Rubbish Heap" and solemn blues on "Additional Toast", this is a meal like you've never tasted before. Butter up!
Review: Grooveman Spot grew up with DJ Mitsu The Beats in the city of Sendai (north Japan) and is fast becoming an equally as well respected beat maker by heads around the world. His remix work includes Platinum Pied Pipers, Jazztronik, DJ Mitsu The Beats, Fresh Air & Raw Produce and his track 'Voyage' was included on Nik Weston's infamous Japanese compilation 'Moshi Moshi' a few years back. This EP features album cuts as well as a special 12" version of Benzaiten Love where Grooveman enlists the vocal talents of underground favourite Count Bass D who's probably best known for his work with MF Doom & more recently Dr Who Dat (aka Jneiro Jarel).
Review: This new Bliss EP starts off with "EZ One", a jazzy cocktail lounge tune with nice rolling congas punctuated by minimal jazzy scatting vocals. "Lmi" is a low end romping rhythm with a jagged synth panning throughout, while "Aura Soma" is a pure electronic shaker that borders on experimental. Rounding things off is the original mix of "EZ One".