Reviews:117

I-Robots present Klein & M.B.O.
Last Call
Opilec Music

The next vital release from Opilec is set to be released on this year’s Record Store Day. And if you aren’t already familiar with the heavily influential Klein & M.B.O from the notorious 80’s then here’s your chance to hear just why they were and still are. Appearing as the European Connection Unreleased Instrumental the number bears all the hallmarks of what was to happen next with Dance music with its shimmering bassline and electronics offset by breezy guitar and drum sounds all set to four on the floor. I-Robots provide two new versions that wash the arrangement in swathes of atmospheric synths, while Chicago stalwart Gene Hunt retains more of the originals playful feel with his two takes featuring the glorious syncopated b-lines in full. DJ Skull proceeds to loop it into distraction, leaving Headman aka Robi Insinna to deliver another killer blow maintaining all the Electro/ Italo Disco reference points succinctly.

release: Vinyl April 21/ Digital May 12

https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-ROBOTS/51899406997

Forty Fings Dynamo
615EP
La Dame Noir Records

The new side project from Adrien (one half of Villanova) and Emmanuel aka Solofour kicks off in fine style with the EP’s title track. It’s all about the B-line here (again) with this euro-disco infused nugget sounding supreme chugging away alongside crisp beats and breathy spoken words, all proving dangerously addictive. My Favorite Robot deliver their own version complete with Electro drums aided by a more caustic bass and unsettling synths lending the vocal an altogether more disturbing twist – lovely. Excuse Me is next with more Acid/ Nu-Beat styled rhythms for your delectation with Alejandro Paz’s heavily treated remix providing an interesting alternative. All in all, a fine release of music.

release: April 21

https://www.facebook.com/fortyfingsdynamo
http://ladamenoir.fr

Murk
Dark Beat (Addicted To Drums)
Murk

The title says it all really. Although originally released back in 2003 Dark Beat still retains its distinctive twisted drumming, though drops the melody of the vocal in favour of darker edits. Updated by Danny Daze with tribal pulsating, abrasive beats coupled with moody swirls of synth this feels every bit as hard, heavy and captivating, in either of the two new versions available here as way back then.

http://murkrecords.com

https://soundcloud.com/dannydaze/murk-ft-oba-frank-lords-dark

orrinOrinn
A Man Was Had
Restless Soul

Great new release from Restless Soul with Orinn’s neat fusion of influences sounding just great here. Centred around a tastefully soulful vocal delivery, plus a melodic sprinkling of synth tones and Tom Tom Club like keys, this shines centre-stage with a determined funkiness that has sunshine blazing all over it.

Out now: https://www.traxsource.com/title/302225/a-man-was-had

Dillion
The Unknown
BPitch Control

Dillion’s second album is a rather stunning affair. Opening with its title track, The Unknown the playlist proceeds to ignite your senses via the sometimes challenging array of emotions on display. From melancholy to melodic delicate vocals float their way across poignant piano and electronic sounds producing music that, is mercifully, hard to categorize yet so obviously mesmerizing. Beautifully produced – I wonder how Brian Eno would compliment it – it’s hard to pick out a favourite track. However, in one sense this is all about the resulting ambience created in your own space. The words contain a certain poetic justice delivering a sting in their tail, just as the music does.

http://www.dillon-music.com

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blackBlack Booby & Gene Hunt
BB-04 (A tribute to Ron Hardy)
Black Booby

The label copy reads: ‘This release is dedicated to the master of the Edit Mr. Ron Hardy, The Music Box and all those involved’. So no doubt this a family vibe that we can all be part of. Side A opens with two from Chicago’s legendary Gene Hunt beginning with Is the Color and its infusion of what’s best described as spacey, jazzy funkiness played out over tough beats with the sample not fully resolving until some six and half minutes into the frenzied journey. Second is LSD Hootie which I guess is an easy give away re-tweaking classic Acid, making you all at once nostalgic, with all those drum machine sounds alongside the 909 sounding effortlessly timeless. Black Booby finish the release with 4 Ron by propelling almost eleven minutes of Disco blended bliss that touches upon many of the tracks that the original ‘master of the edit’ made his own. Inspirational.

release: June

https://www.facebook.com/BlackBooby

http://www.formalworldwide.com/fw/Wink_every_day….html

 

Andrea Bigi & Marius Laurentiu
Music, Love & Romance EP
Catwash Records

You can always rely on something exciting to happen via DJ W!LD and with this latest release on Catwash Records that’s exactly what you get. For the more adventurous of you out there the title track hints at what lies in store with Irving Berlin’s classic getting cleverly reworked in ways you never thought possible i.e. over moody House beats and feeling excellent. Dejale delivers funky percussion and warped eastern sounding scales, with Empty & Blue ending on a more introspective note with questioning vocals and pulsating tribal rhythms feeling deep and frisky.

release: May 23

https://www.facebook.com/catwashrecords

https://soundcloud.com/catwash-records/sets/cwr032-andrea-bigi-marius

 

asaAsadinho
Transgression
RvS Music

Love this from Asadinho whose addictive bass and drums achieve a slinky, sassy groove that’s oh so easy to fall for. Spoken atmospheric vocals come from Natamiq and are backed up by semi melodic synthesized tones which together all feel suitably late night/ early morning – inventive and imaginative. Alex Arnout’s great remix gives it more of a techno sheen with energetic basslines and rhythmic snares pushing the voicel forward. ‘Rouge’ completes with an infectious vocal looped alongside cool, funky percussion and an almost shuffling groove that spells out low-slung nicely. That of course and a certain Robert Owens who talks us through just what’s on his mind making this another compelling production.

release: early June

https://www.facebook.com/asadinho.rvs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Arnout/161634167193604?fref=ts

http://rvsmusic.net

https://soundcloud.com/asadrizvi/asadinho-transgression-rvs004#play

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