Review: By getting Tokyo house OG Takuya Matsumoto on board for the first release, Takasi Makajima has launched his new label (Some Lost) Time in fine style. Three diverse originals that cover Matsumoto's vast palette and a dope remix of a Takuya classic, attention to detail is paid throughout. "Time" is a cosmic affair with slightly broken beats and cascading harmonic chimes while "Wrap" goes on the hypno offensive with its warm filtered loops and Detroitian rhythmic elements before "Springsdub" adds a little vocal uplift like it's 1998 all over again. Finally we have an accordion squeezing remix-supreme from Different World. No time lost here.
Review: Given that acid revivalists Paranoid London have yet to put a foot wrong, it's no surprise to find that "(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games" is another absolute belter. It's taken from the duo's forthcoming album and features sometime Posthuman collaborator Josh Caffe channeling his inner Robert Owens and Jamie Principle over a retro-futurist backing track. In its full length, the track brilliantly combines Paranoid London's jacking drums and thrusting acid bass with dreamy chords and just the right amount of glassy-eyed melodic flourishes. It sounds like a classic TRAX release given the Paranoid London treatment, which I'm sure we all agree is a very good thing indeed. If you're in the mood for something even sleazier and more driving, the Bam Bam-inspired Dub has it covered.
Review: Some two decades after delivering his first release, Pepe Bradock continues to make some of the most inventive - if occasionally overly challenging - house records around. This bizarrely titled 12" is the Parisian producer's first for almost a year and contains two typically eccentric cuts. A-side "Tresors" is underpinned by a loose but locked-in groove, but it's the smorgasbord of weird samples and effects - jazz synths, trippy noises, dubbed-out horns, buried acid lines, and so on - that really catches the ear. Flipside "Tsundonku" is arguably even more trippy thanks to Bradock's use of backwards percussion hits, grandiose filtered double bass, more weird noises and a rock solid, techno style kick-drum groove.
Review: Despite both tracks appearing on BBE's killer retrospective of Pal Joey's influential early '90s work, 2013's "Hot Music", demand for original copies of the producer's 1990 EP "#2" has remained incredibly high. It makes sense, then, that the producer has decided to reissue the two-tracker. A-side "Party Time" combines spacey NYC deep house tropes and a surprisingly sub-heavy bassline with a hip-hop head's approach to sampling (the vocal hook was apparently lifted from a Brooklyn Express record). Arguably even better - and certainly deeper - is flipside "Raw Love", which savagely chops and loops loved-up lifts from MFSB classic "Love Is The Message" and turns them into hypnotic deep house gold.
Review: Remix klaxon! Addison Groove unleashes "Shango" from this summer's heavily played "Changa" EP and passes it round his mates for a cheeky buzz. The results include a harmonic Julian Jabre-style tech house riff from Ejeca, a sub-aquatic bubble-n-bleep stepper from O'Flynn, a woozy slo-mo broken beat affair from Nan Kole and a pounding operator-style 4x4 dub shakedown from Professor Amit. Subp Yao takes the closing honours with a spaced-out beat jam that sits somewhere between IG Culture and Roska. Shango-a-gogo.
Review: Fresh from serving up some savage "Rave Reworks" on an ultra-limited 12" single, techno's leading number crunchers return with an EP of fresh studio jams. As usual, what's on offer is intense, full-throttle and mind-altering in the extreme. Check, for example, opener (and title track) "000000005", where increasingly ragged, wayward and psychedelic acid lines surge forwards over a stomping, kick-drum dominated beat, or"000000006", an acid techno onslaught that waves a glow-stick towards the Halcyon days of German techno-trance. The acid-fired '90s techno revivalism continues on the flip with two more chunks of sweaty, mind-altering peak-time insanity. Not one for the faint hearted.
Review: Storage Media AKA Hugo Jay AKA DJ Kush Boogie next on UK lo-fi house merchants E-Beamz who served up that very talked about EP by DJ Boring recently. It is much more of the dusty and dreamy variety: meme house in the vein of Lobster Theremin and we are really digging it! Particularly the crunchy retrovert jack of "002" or the new age groove of "004" with its soothing FM bell tones hypnotising you in style. Nice!
Review: A brand new label and brand new chapter for Ulterior Motive. Guidance was the name of the night they held in Bournemouth as they cut their teeth and chowed down on their craft. Now the Headz alumni return to these roots with four stark, stripped back and roughened constructs; "The Wobbler" takes the lead with its woozy synth hits and SP's distinctive flow. "Clap Ya" is all about the sci-fi bashy steppery while "Anode" sees them sparring with Icicle on a brittle, sinewy one-note jam that gets very messy very quickly. "Kamakura" sends us packing to the Orient for the final excursion as eastern strings and scales shroud a wriggling, spacious drum arrangement that smacks of the duo's originality. We need more Guidance like this.
Review: Bless up Omar S! The FXHE man is always happy to repress and reissue some of his earlier records for those that missed out at the time and here he offers a welcome chance to dig into a veritable slab of label history. AOS002 is where it all began for Omar S, first released way back in 2003 as a four track 12" of tunnelling techno and deftly sampled Detroit house. It's been repressed several times over the years with more recent editions featuring a bonus untitled track deep into the B side. The limited 2015 edition now comes in three different colours; orange, red, or brown. Whichever you chose this should be considered an essential addition to your FXHE collection.
Review: Chicago label Chained Library present some contemplative minimal noise experiments courtesy of the mysterious Agnes who presents the 012016002001 EP and it is mastered by the one and only Rashad Becker: which is fitting really. Fans of Becker's recent works will really appreciate these extreme and at times challenging sonic workouts on both sides, approximately 15 minutes each. Both extended pieces are reductionist electronic sound art at its finest. Very intrigued as to what this imprint is up to next.
Review: MOi? Who? Give it a listen and we'll give you one guess. His sound is unmistakeable isn't it. The new Ukrainian hero of rolling and funky minimal is back under yet another alias (and imprint) and he's already up to number four. "Track 1" on the A side is built for peak time headrushes on the dancefloors of Concrete and Hoppetosse. Expect this one to de destroying crowds of the underground this Summer! The B side offering is a bit more stripped; the fierce bass supported by some swirling and hypnotic pads on this surefire DJ tool that'll make even Ion Ludwig step up his game!