The always important Rekids continue with something to say care of this excellent release from Detroit producer Monty Luke aka Mandingo. Let’s start at the start with the Melchior Productions Ltd version which exists in that intriguing hinterland between House and Techno combining informed rhythm, care off some well-timed claps, together with forward-thinking electronics that fuel the experience in addictive ways. Listening to this places you in reassuring territory but with the added advantage that almost anything could happen next. Then there is Larry Heard’s kick-drum pumping, bass line driven, uplifting yet strangely sleazy reworking that incorporates reversed voices with contrasting, brilliantly fizzy synth lines notably. Refreshing.
Next in line from Kim Ann Foxman’s joint Firehouse/ The Vinyl Factory production house comes this superlative, dark somewhat sleazy yet ecstasy saturated release. The aptly titled, It’s You That Drives Me Wild title track joins dots between House Music of 80’s and todays fiery infusion of sounds. It also boasts a striking arrangement that effortlessly ignites the tension care-off of Foxman’s captivating vocals which are accompanied by a series of brutal beats plus an array of captivating sound effects. Maya Jane Coles provides the remix in her own inimitable style with deeper, chiming tones underpinning the voice. Second originals, Give It All You Got and the break beat fuelled Magic Window complete the picture in compelling style.
Originally released on Tsuba records back in 2011 and as you can’t keep a good thing down Moodymanc’s notable Well Cut label revisits the Larry Heard remixed gem charged with a sense of wild Acid abandon – the clue’s in the title after all. What can I say about this apart from the excellent, simmering 303 styled tension sounds just as compelling as it ever did, while suitably accompanied by Lenny Middles faultless production prowess alongside finely tuned percussion seeing this journey into the electronic heart of the matter. Two mixes on offer. One with the compelling smoky voice-over, one without.
Release: August 26
Label boss Joachim Spieth returns with two tracks for his Berlin based imprint. But while, Evaporate didn’t quite grab me on first listen the rush of emotionally charged ambience on Decelerate certainly did. Which, in turn led me back to the title track as the very same swirling atmosphere’s make their presence felt conversely over pounding drums that all of a sudden ignite your senses in unexpected ways. Whichever way round you like it this is impressive music.
Release: September 19