Reviews: 171

Sebastien Bouchet
Sailor EP
Omnidisc Swim Series

Label head Danny Daze begins the Omnidisc Swim Series with this release from amazing French producer, Sebastien Bouchet. And happy to say it’s rather excellent. Take ‘Sailor’ which begins the EP in earnest with the sort of unfussy groove that proves to be hyper funky as uncomplicated, sassy percussion and bass notes produce magic in succession. Next, Jeff Goes Riot again hits you with heavy-duty basslines this time over nagging synth lines as ice-cool vocals feed off occasional warm chords. Etna, then feels fused with electricity as soaring synthesizers prove bright and seductively breezy over commanding electro beats. The atmospherically charged Pacific Seb ends on moodier notes which are by no means any less rewarding on what has to be said again is an excellent EP. Next please.

Zombie Zombie
Slow Futur
Versatile

By way of an explanation: ‘Slow Futur features two jugglers (Elsa Guérin and Martin Palisse) on a treadmill (8 x 2m) which carries them along a neon light installation which delimits the choreographic space as a kind of space-time tunnel: the hyperspace.’ Lifted from the performance of the same name are these four tracks from Zombie Zombie aka Cosmic Neman, Etienne Jaumet, Dr Schonberg which not only highlights the labels inquisitive nature but also the musician’s creative impulses. Hyperespace, starts the exploration with organic feeling machines producing an enthralling blur of sounds accompanied by the demanding beat of drums. The excellent, futuristic strains of Extra Life proceed via pumped-up rhythms next, while the title track then eases down into a different trance. Finally, the brilliant Blue Screen ventures into ambient territory albeit a darker one with haunting sights and sounds completing a great release.

Release: Vinyl & CD April. Digital May 2016

“Slow futur” – Version courte from CIRQUE BANG BANG on Vimeo.

artworks-000159938309-yelb3p-t500x500Audiojack
All By Mouth
20/20 Vision

Richard Burkinshaw and Jamies Rial aka Audiojack deliver this creatively intense set of three productions for their long standing residence at 2020. Which thankfully for us sees the duo in a more playful mood with the mind expanding Fluent opening proceedings via a pulsating, uber-cool funkiness which is not only thinking forward but very definitely hypnotic in the process. Stutter, then tears at the envelope with more energy injected into its insistent hi-hats, accompanying syncopated bassline plus off the wall vocal edits. Leaving the aptly titled Vowels to continue the theme by twisted the French language around darker flavoured drums and their sparse arrangement to produce yet another intriguing sequence of ideas.

Release: May 9

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wildDJ W!ld
All About You
Robsoul Records

The unmistakable rhythms of DJ W!ld return to the ever excitable Robsoul for yet another breathless journey into repeating beats and grooves. First up is Breakin which comes fully armed with splashing hi-hats and rough-edged bass twisting their way until the breakdown refreshes you via a splash of heated Disco. With You, again hits you with tough drums and unrelenting low-end theory, while dreamy keys seek to add a more soulful flavour to the affair. The excellent Only What I Am is next with super funky bass looping across an inevitable sea of beats coupled with the eventual evolution of the funky sample. The equally excellent, All About You then ends on a more tender note with emotive keys summing up thoughtful, uplifting atmospheres to finish.

Release: May 8
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http://www.robsoulrecordings.com

Jakkin Rabbit
Obsession EP
No.19 Music

The title track doesn’t pull any punches by delivering smoking hot, deliciously sleazy grooves that recline on just the right side of dangerous. Powered by powerful, hypnotic Chicago styled bass and aided by darkly spoken words, that don’t sound all that sensuous, this is best experienced with the lights down low. Energize, proceeds with tougher rhythms that secure the dancefloor with an excitable array of sounds, while third original Love or Money poses the question via breathy French voices and classic Soul vocals over yet more distinct, creative arrangements of sound. Breath-taking remixes come from a typically energetic DJ Sneak who pounds out the beats while highlighting the voices and synth tones, and from Louie Fresco who conversely creates moodier atmospheres most effectively.

Release: April 27
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http://www.no19music.com

Vibe Killers
Some Bang EP
Killer Vibes Records

‘Brought to you from the mean streets of Burnley’ which may not have the same ring as ‘The Big Apple’ but then you could transport these grooves anywhere and they would work just as effectively. Some Bang, kicks things off with rough, tough beats fuelled by brutal low-slung bass accompanied by a voice over plus a tweaked slice of Disco that keeps you guessing. Next, is the irresistibly hot ‘Take House’ which is an altogether funkier affair via its crisp, rattling hi-hats and juicy basslines along with warmer undercurrents that combine into one infectious production. Great début release on this brand new UK label….

Release: June 1
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versatileEtienne Jaumet
La Visite EP
Versatile Records

Düsseldorf based producers Die Wilde Jagd remix Etienne Jaumet’s La Visite (taken from his latest album) with such wild abandon it’s startling – You’ve got to love this. Feeling experimental yet making perfect sense its sizzling blend of fizzy electronics, soulful instrumental touches, alongside playful drums and captivating voices make this first rate music. Low Jack then re imagines the while episode care of a heavy dash of Dub sensibility that lets the hypnotic synth tones race free. Leaving the Gilb’R Midnight version of Midnight Man to drop the beats altogether, aiming the controls for (edgy) ambient bliss and producing another exceptional sequence of sounds and thoughts.

Release: May 4 Vinyl.
http://versatilerecords.com/release/etienne-jaumet-la-visite-ep-incl-die-wilde-jagd-remix-low-jack-gilbr-remixes/

HGL001_FIGUEROA_OBANDO_HUSTLE_WAY_EP_ALBUM_ART_FINALDanniel Selfmade & Karretero
Subzhero EP
Say What? Records

Exceptional production in the shape of Subzhero which pulls all sorts of trippy ideas together into a formula that not only feels expansive but also devastatingly explosive. Driven by sassy electronic drums which feel compellingly organic this strives for all sorts of intensity and reaches fever point somewhere along the way via an undulating, twisted amalgamation of rhythm and atmospheric sound. Formatz, then drives harder with repetitive beats and twisted vocal touches all pounding their way into oblivion.

Release: May 4

http://www.dannielselfmade.com
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Etienne Jaumet
‘Satori’
Versatile Records

Clocking in at over ten minutes this semi – epic from Zombie Zombie’s Etienne Jaumet delivers a brooding production that sits on the very edge of darkness. Light is to be glimpsed inside the tunnel as his vision of seventies analogue soundtracks’ meets addictive acid tones in an undulating sound clash of discotheque proportions. You can’t help but love this. John Convex provides the remix with a more up-tempo feel to the beats and squelchy electro notes reworking the theme most effectively with added vocal snippets. 9

release: 28 November 2011

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Mari Posa
‘Royaume A Stockholm EP’
Yuk-Fü

The enticing Parisian singer and instrumentalist Mari Posa combines beguiling vocals with breezy pop melodies and swirling European electronics to produce music that is unsuspecting and wonderful. Mike Simonetti from Italians Do It Better then gives the song some edge with sizzling sounds and arpeggio signatures which only go to make the voice sound even more appealing. A dub follows with House beats and piano for more dancefloor action but either this EP is well worth investigation. 8

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Jean Wells
‘Soul On Soul’
BBE Records

When you listen to Jean Wells you don’t want to be anywhere else. This compilation begins with her 1967 hit, Have A Little Mercy and touches upon everything great about great about Black American Music that preceded it – with the exception of Jazz. Its cornerstone is firmly rooted in Gospel as vocals and feeling soar on, After Loving You; get mournful with, Our Sweet Love Turned Bitter; then turn sassy on the label’s current single release, Somebody’s Been Loving You (But It Ain’t Me). If you can say that Soul music charts the ups and downs of life then who better than Jean Wells to accompany the rollercoaster. 9

release: 28 November 2011

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Antonio Santana
‘Moroko’
Pole Position Recordings

Pole Position does it once again, this time with Mexico’s Antonio Santana who’s pumping production swings with a groovy intent. The bass is deep, while the tops shimmer with jazzy snares sounding hot in amongst an array of feverish percussion on title track, Moroko. The remix comes from Soulplate who lift the tempo and rework the music into something with a more soulful edge. The second and standout track, Epileptia again features snazzy drums, although this time with plenty of filtered action and comes coupled a sequence of hypnotic edits which make it all feel warmer and funkier. A Groovy Mix of the same completes the picture. 8

release: 28 November 2011

http://www.polepositionrecordings.com/

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