Four new tracks forthcoming for Huxley’s imprint each pulling their own unique punches, each party packed. My favourite on first listen is the undeniably hard-hitting Subsurround which sequences fizzy Acid basslines along with commanding vocal edits plus super crunchy drum machines tuned into nightclub intensity that feels just as good night or day, or both. The EP’s title track follows with a blistering, almost Hip-Hop informed rhythm section that plays fast and loose with beats and bass, then contrasts by emotive, if slightly warped, pads. The sefl-explanatory My Answer Is Moog follows with the most brutal production on here as nasty drums fight for your attention with caustic synths. Order is then restored via Dusty In The 313 which journey’s back to the gritty realities of House Music with tough, gritty grooves offset by deep keys and punchy vocal hits to complete this standout release.
Remembering the more soulful end of the spectrum is this most choice release from Atjazz. Jullian Gomes cool original version not only has keys to die for but when the deep bass hits alongside the breath of Sio’s delicate voice then this is clearly heaven sent. Spine-tingling in the way that only certain sounds and notes can provoke. New remixes come from Kaytronik, Osunlade, Fred Everything and Atjazz himself, with the latter two reworking the emotional intensity into blinding proportions. Please go listen for yourself.
Searching for something a little deeper, a little bit more challenging. Then you’ve come to the right place as Kostas Georgoudis & Alex Dimou’s smoky grooves breathe life into the airwaves care of the excellent Theme Of Roman. Unnerving, brutal atmosphere’s charge up the stereo backed-up by strident beats as quick-fire vocal edits get strange and engaging across some eight minutes of rapture. Play Loud. The almost softer in comparison, Palouse follows with a sense of relief that allows the more rigorous drumming to excite the accompanying layers of curious sounds as they traverse the arrangement. The celebratory Mozy completes the release with a sense of optimism as the addition of a simple yet devastating claps hit the button around mid-point releasing all sorts of energies into the ether.
Release: April 3
Celebrating 10 years with this 300th release (hence the title) is quite something in this day and age so its perhaps most fitting that the labels owner gets to hit the jackpot. Find The Love, seeks and locates the answer care of sizzling hi-hats, punchy percussion, yearning vocal samples plus carefully crafted keys which add a sense of soulfulness to the arrangement. While the bolder, bass heavy rhythms of No Gimmicks reminisce of days past with poignant piano chord progressions until the eventual rush of vocals and timely stabs ignite across the breakdown.
Celebrating big numbers here as Dana Ruh’s inspired label is now ten years old, plus this is one of three new twelve inch singles to form part of their 40th release: Past / Present / Future. Vid’s tantalising Camelie begins the ‘Present’ section via this 2014 number that still resounds as beautifully spine-tingling with its haunting piano motifs dancing delicately around machine fuelled drums. Next is Oshana’s outstanding Different Places, Different Spaces which defies time and logic like a maze of brilliant musical ideas that you never tire of. Andrea Fiorito’s Black then ends the record by contrasting with brisker drum rhythms alongside talking sound effects and tasteful, darker atmospherics. All recordings are excellent.
Release: March 21
Killer release for sure with four tracks delivered hot and heavy from the creative Japanese producer. The bass pulverising Be There starts the EP as it means to go on with thundering kick and low-end notation fuelling the shuffling rhythms as uncomplicated organ stabs hit the repeat button, aided by occasional emotive flourishes of sound. Give Me continues the theme with whirring jazzy keys and smoky voices continuing the intention as the tougher Feel It Dizzy sequences vocal hits with punchy percussion. Leaving the deliciously deeper Live Ur Life co-produced by Miki Shinichi to add a definite message to the music.
Hold on to anything you can grab hold off (recommended). I love this no holds barred, ignore the cliques, burn the rulebook production that is primed to blow more than the doors off. This is the debut release from the French artist and if this bass grinding, energy defining arrangement is anything to go by, well you can guess the rest. This will get under your skin coursing excitedly though your vessels leaving an indelible sensation. One way or the other. Guaranteed.
Release: March 31
Beatport Exclusive March 17: https://www.beatport.com/label/digital-devil-recordings/60358
Following hot on the heels of last week’s (reviewed) number is this second from the label this time with Julien.M & Aaron Baron’s deeply, provocative production Indust. Love the absolute determination displayed by the rolling rhythms plus the deep, moody bass which prove to be immediately engaging, but then when the gritty synth arpeggio hits you all sense of control gets lost. Concluding at 8.08.
Mind, Body & Soul opens this excellent release in a blaze of Sci-Fi otherworldliness that wouldn’t be out of place somewhere on Forbidden Planet. The dots then connect further as brisk hi-hats and pulsating bass propel this creatively juiced affair forwards alongside its title as a spoken determination amid eventual warm sprinkles of keys colouring the emotional palate. Next the Matt Tolfrey collab, Habitual sees determinedly tougher rhythms ignite the electrics across engaging minutes, while Joaquin Joe Claussell’s Body Rhythm Soul Version of Mind… reworks it all beautifully with Latin-Jazzy references care of smoky Trumpet blasts plus hot piano and percussion leaving you feeling typically infused.
The beautiful thing about music sometimes is how it transcends the borders of time, restrictions and so on. Emanating from somewhere in Nottingham this is the first of four new releases from the enigmatic Russian Linesman following on from 2013’s expansive Nostalgia Story. The titles suggest their own storyline such as from the melancholy strains of How Can the Sky Be So Beautiful When We Have Been So Bad? Which are then contrasted by the electro pulsations of Fauna, returning to the blistering ambience of Olympiapark next. And for me it’s those heart tearing movements that work most poignantly. Beats then inform the telling, I Thought You Were a Legend Until You Apologised leaving the remaining numbers to meander between the two themes ending on the juxtaposition of brilliant light and joy on Odin!
Release: March 27