Single of the Week

Neil Parkes
Me & You EP
Leftroom Limited

Hats off to Neil Parkes for delivering such an exciting production which doesn’t follow the rule book, consequently sounding rather spectacular. Me & You is the led track and combines a distinctive, undulating synth line along with brooding chords and suitably leftfield vocals. A great remix comes from Richy Ahmed who punctuates it with Chicago styled vocal stabs and Detroit synthesizers augmenting the certainly tough bassline. Dixon, then sees the producer in deeper territory with moody atmospheres and shuffling percussion again delivering singular results. The excellent, ‘You Were’ ends on a high with provocative basslines amid weirdly addictive vocals and further tech keyboards that feel uniquely soulful.

release: November 10

Beats & Bobs Vol.2
R2 Records

I did mean to bring you this a couple of weeks ago but circumstances got in the way. Never-the-less the sumptuous Klearkut chimes with the current vogue for shimmering, marimba styled keys underscored by tough beats, which is in this case superbly highlighted by an extra layer of percussion and subtle synths at mid-point. Great track, for sure. However, it’s to the timeless quality of Earth These Beats that attention turns. Replaying the Beats version of the 1990 classic Earth People ‘Dance’ and extending it out to ten minutes is tempting on paper but played loud releases all that funky energy at full blast.

Max Chapman & Kieran Andrews
The Factory EP
Lost Records

We’re just about to hit November and already there’s a great list of music in store.  Following neatly on from their Temperature EP for the label comes this blistering, bassline infused production in the shape of Factory 7. It’s all thumping beats, crisps sounding snares and atmospheric noises swirling round the ether, and it’s positively nasty. Philip Bader’s remix drops the loser funkier vibe of the original in favour of more attacking House beats surrounded by a pulsating vocal stabs and a creative selection of sounds for high impact. Leaving, Loving Arms to feel more emotive with hooky vocal loops and driving rhythms to end the show.

release: November 17



Music Man Records

deeArriving just ahead of Deetron’s superb, full scale long player is this new single featuring Ben Westbeech’s soul drenched vocals. This kind of shimmers with sparkling synthesizer sequences yet has a darker, brooding undercurrent as the arrangement lifts and drops throughout lending it an uncertain edge. But, it’s the combination of hypnotic, electronics and flawless human voice which sounds so both distinctive and unique. Karizma’s Kaytronik Wiv’em remix then proceeds to transform it via moodier, insistent chords and less of the sparkle, but which none-the-less succeeds in giving the vocals all the more impact. The Will Sual & October version drops any sense of melody opting instead for an assault of beats and bass which offset by the soulfulness of the voice works impressively. Leaving the Instrumental of the original mix for you to compare and contrast.

release: October 7


Angel Moraes ft.Chanel
Stay With Me
Good For You Records Black Label

angelMORAESIn stark contrast comes this from Angel Moraes who’s infectious Garage flavours are set to add a smile to your face. Having just missed the summer there’s something delightfully reminiscent of good-times here as punchy piano lines bounce over shuffling rhythms and breezy, accessible melodies. Kenny Summit & Abdul Shakir’s Ridiculous Mix conversely adds a heavier tribal feel to the drums and a bit more welcome intensity to the vocal, while Lenny RX & Justin Time’s Deepah Dub supplies a deeper atmosphere offset by skipping hi-hats. Finally W. Jeremy’s Dub Dance Mix gets sassy with the bassline alongside hints of the vocal to end the labels second release.

release: October 21


Breakin Raw EP

RSTLSSTRX011eThis EP from the London trio has been knocking around for a couple of weeks now but just in case it has passed you by then let me highly recommend it. Shake It Off opens with the kind of intensity you can only relish in. It doesn’t do that much apart from loop a killer organ-based groove into distraction, but then this delicious heavy-duty rhythm track proves to be simply irresistible. The almost equally striking Da One continues a similar theme, as Mind Ya Biz feels almost melodic in comparison. While i&i finishes with smokin’ Afro styled beats and bass on this thankfully uncompromising, and very tasty, release.