Reviews:167

Aladdin
Girls in Uniform
Versatile

How could you not love this. Yes it’s about ‘Girls in Uniform’ but please put that preconception down and enjoy what is a playfully amusing lyric, although pitched over spikey, punk attitude that sees racing beats fight against punchy guitar and bass to produce a gloriously edgy, yet exhilarating experience. By the way Aladdin are the sum total of Nicolas Ker (singer, chaotic poet) and label boos Gilbert Cohen. The excellent Gilb’R then delivers a smoky Dub version that at once commands your stereo with its array of death defying weirdness that plunge the depths of cool. Followed by Trevor Jackson’s downbeat exploration into further dub excursions into intensity which also proves to be deliciously dangerous and rather f**king fantastic.

https://soundcloud.com/versatile-records/sets/aladdin-girls-in-uniform-ep

Marc Romboy
Counting Comets
Bedrock Records

Returning with this exceptional remix care of Watergate resident Rüede Hagelstein, ‘Counting Comets’ is now injecting with a new lease of life for 2016. A tastefully crafted production that is driven by addictive syncopation accompanied by somewhat sassy percussion and contrasted by ethereal synthesizers which ultimately climax into a thing of darker beauty. And I’m glad it’s almost ten minutes long. Equally stunning is Marc Romboy’s own captivating beat-less Part 2 version which is cut through with a shining ambience that doesn’t require words, while also playing out across ten perfectly timed minutes.

Release: March 9

The Orb
Alpine
KOMPAKT

Suggesting something of a theme this week (in parts) is this latest from seemingly ever present The Orb. Masters of their own landscape ‘Alpine’ doesn’t disappoint either via its lush textures spilt into three sections. ‘Morning’ favours a sleepy evolution of sounds that combine the surreal and wonderful, while ‘Evening’ not surprisingly adds the pulse of four/ four beats to its looped equation of rhythms. ‘Dawn’ then returns to an evocative, haunting bliss via a reworking of the previous ‘Morning’.

http://www.kompakt.fm/releases/alpine

 Alex Under
Olas De Quila Quina
KOMPAKT

Three new tracks go to make up this debut release on KOMPAKT from Alex Under. Beginning with the title track, ‘Olas De Quila Quina’ which delivers waves of pulsating bass notes together with tripped-out vocal effects and swirling reverberations that become all the more impressive once the beat drops, causing all sorts of high-level impact. In a word, spectacular. Next, ‘El Reflejo Del Lacar’ hits the Techno button, leaving the cool melodies plus funk-infused bassline of the excellent ‘Lolog’ to complete.

Release: March 11

http://www.kompakt.fm/releases/olas_de_quilaquina

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Single of the Week

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
https://www.facebook.com/wildthedj
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
https://www.facebook.com/JakkinRabbit
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
https://www.facebook.com/vibekillers
https://www.facebook.com/killerviberecordsuk

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
https://www.facebook.com/karreterofficial/timeline
https://www.facebook.com/saywhatrecords

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