Catz ‘n Dogz – Moments – Pets Recordings

Some music sounds better within the warm embrace of sunshine and this new album from Catz ‘n Dogz does just that. Albeit, with an air of uncertainly coursing through certain tracks such as on the opening Sunrise, which has James Yuill’s yearning vocals questioning the nature of being. Grainy structures are then explored on the soulfully tempting Life, while the more celebratory melodies of Meditate featuring Heather Chelan speak for themselves. The use of varying patterns of rhythm, the sheer depths of emotion, plus sweet production values all define this album’s innate strength. The title track itself almost defiantly sets the drums to four on the floor as whispered voices alongside cool trumpet blasts heighten a sense of reassurance. Likewise Jaw’s vocal on Time also feels remarkably transparent. Finally, the prophetic words of Tomorrow seek to end with the thoughts: What if tomorrow never comes, and we’re never going to dance again?

Release: June 26


Catz ‘N Dogz – The Feelings Factory – DIRTYBIRD

Comprised of two tracks this new release from DIRTYBIRD has the undoubted pleasure of Robert Owens voice featuring on the opening Fine Feeling. Which feels reassuringly familiar as grainy Organ hits loop into distraction, offset by big splashing hi-hats and dirty bass. It’s an interesting combination of soulful elements plus the low-down and as such works in irresistible fashion. The intentionally pounding Factory Settings in conjunction with Joseph Ashworth follows with nagging synth lines poking at solidly funky, syncopated drums and bass accompanied by a whirwind of deliciously dangerously fizzy stabs and noises. Again undeniably wonderful.

Release: June 8



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Single of the Week

Fuck Music
Toy Tonics

Must be something about that old time Disco bassline that makes the opening track on the perhaps not so delightfully named (although certainly to the point) latest outing from Kapote and Toy Tonics. In ways you would think that there’s not a lot else to say about filtered Disco grooves over House beats but then listen to this and feel like you’ve just got that one wrong. Aided by punchy timbale, deeply smooth chords this simply feels reassuringly excellent – like you’ve come home. Session Victim provide a great remix by re-tweaking all those lovely elements all over again. N1, then jumps the tempo into gear via a snazzy guitar lick, as indeed does the outstanding Arpeggio. You’ll recognise the guitar sample but not how it has been re-imagined – all twisted amid sizzling electronics. PS limited to 300 copies!!!

Release: November 16

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It’s On EP

cooksitson-2_250Love the imaginative, creative combination of sounds that drive All You Need to an inevitable conclusion. It’s warped sense of reality begins life with a twisted layer of ambience that soon becomes wedded to tough beats and deep bass, emotive vocal snippets and keys all playing out as a first-rate involving piece of music. The equally great, Mind on the other hand gets tougher with darker flavours of bass and hot shuffling percussion while A Nod To 88 not surprisingly follows with sparky Acid electronics neatly contrasted with warmer chords. Nutdown, ends with more breakbeats grooving in-between suitably low-end tones and suggestive hypnotic loops of sound.

Release: November

Christian Piers
Sambos Sub

Brooding, somewhat gorgeous and dark. If that description tempts you into Christian Piers’ (SOURCEUNKNWN) way of thinking then this new Ep on the Catz ‘n Dogz vinyl-only imprint will have you chumping at the bit. The addictive title track springs to life with a commanding breakbeat playing across brutal kicks, all feeling tough and tribal, with the arrival of pulsating stabs sounding particularly appealing played LOUD. Next, Texture conjures up deeper rhythms with undulating pads accompanying taught Detroit bass and further pulverizing beats plus Acid undertones. The excellent Step Into The Light Until We Meet Again, then seeks out the Disco with funkier percussion and Jazzy synth overtones again completing another compelling production. To finish the though-provoking You Shouldn’t Let Poets Lie To You ends with a succession of fiery snares and a sense of urgency leaving you in a rush.

Release: November 6



Rouge Mécanique
Pyramid Of Mars

RougeMecaniqueARTWORKThis hot blast of super psychedelic funk has just about everything going for it, not least of because it was the last thing I expected to hear today in amongst all the tedium. Witches blends – if that’s the correct word – crazed Adrian Below styled guitar together with Talking Heads/ Eno infused rhythms that are perhaps best sample in a darkened room, but which are sheer delight none the less. For those inclined to a Balearic deposition this will have you weak at the knees/ foaming at the mouth. Stringray then compliments the insanity with a brooding slow-burn jam pitching atmospheric guitar against shuffling drum brushes, and let’s put it this way the album sounds like it should be an absolute gem.


release: June 24


9 Weeks
Hot Trax

Davina’s sizzling production for Hot Trax sees sassy percussion fuse alongside addictive organ stabs and thumping kicks drums to immediately demand that the volume is turned up. Love the uncomplicated yet thoroughly invigorating way the production envelops you in rhythm as vocal snippets tease out some soul on 9 Weeks. Second track, Moskitoes Cries cleverly delivers tough, wobbly bass, infectious voice edits and inspired guitar stabs that lend it all a distinctively original flavour that you just know is going to sound huge at around 3am.

release: June 24

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Just Be
Don’t Make Me Wait For You feat. Jesse Monroe
Crosstown Rebels

CRM_112_LabelA(Digital)You could play this Sandee referencing bassline all night long and not get bored of it, however this latest production from Just Be transcends beyond pale imitation. This is in fact a beautifully atmospheric piece of music as Don’t Make Me Wait For You combines sensuous synths alongside classic drum touches, with Jesse Monroe’s emotive vocal proving to be the icing on the cake. The Dub version then explores all of those instrumental possibilities to the full, leaving the Subb-an 5am Remix to re-imagine the bassline while tripping out the vocals across the light fantastic. Another first rate release from Crosstown Rebels.

release: June 17



Nikola Baytala
Nikola Baytala EP
Pets Recordings

nikNext excellent release this week is from San Francisco’s Nikola Baytala whose self titled EP is nothing short of mesmerising. Setting the scene is Zero $ and its neat blend of hypnotic Techno elements that never stray too far from being totally captivating and soulful. In a sense it’s more about the atmosphere created than individual beats or basslines, because as a whole this tension inducing arrangement feels near perfect.  Catz ‘N Dogz then proceed with a great remix that picks up the pace hitting you with heavy bass on another typically effective number. Cityz Angels, is next and is likewise an intriguing succession of musical ideas from Nikola Baytala taking cues from classic Disco and House while giving it all a curious twist. MT’s Pillow Talk remix ends on first rate terms developing the ambience of the track even further while retaining that timely guitar lick.

release: June 10

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