Reviews: 150

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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
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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Louie Fresco
‘So Good E.P’
No.19

Mexico’s Louie Fresco has not only produced one of the most tense intro’s so far this year (albeit only two minutes, nineteen seconds long) but also successfully spins Sylvester’s timely words of wisdom off a deliciously heavy-duty bassline with life-affirming electricity. If all that feels life a bit of a mouthful, then trust me by listening to the track – volume up. Plus with an added bonus, So Good also has a cowbell! Next is the Russ Yallop Remix which coolly builds up more profound feelings with insanely looped voices and undulating deep tones complimenting each other most compellingly. The curiously titled Owl Night finishes with yet more sinister bass notes and cut-up vocals designed to cause serious consternation, which it also does amply well. 9
 
http://soundcloud.com/no19music/louie-fresco-so-good

http://www.no19music.com/

 

Manuel Tur
‘Back To Me’
Freerange

On so to a more melodic note which seemingly samples something so beautifully familiar I can’t quite remember what it is. None the less Manuel Tur’s sublime production conjures up various sorts of emotion – all of them positive – as this Balearic infused delight sits perfectly on Freerange with temptingly breathy vocals and swirling pads all feeling gorgeous. The Jimpster Dub retraces the elements in typically deep style with a flurry of striking touches being suitably impressive. Next, Odsidian gets tougher and moodier with almost Rock drumming sounding big alongside acid tones and twisted vocals, while the Damiano Von Erckert remix adds a techno flavor to the equation. Watch out for his forthcoming album: Elephants Reflecting Swans sometime in late April. 9

release: 19 March 2012

http://soundcloud.com/manueltur

http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk/

 

Franck Roger & Terence: Terry
‘This Is Now’ E.P
Real Tone Records

The name which has, I think, appeared here more often than not is Franck Roger who along with Terence:Terry once again gets the thumbs up with this thoughtful Deep House production. The words to the opening Hustling Peoples do just that with its rumbling bassline and addictive synth lines adding extra sparkle to the seemingly moody vocal. The title track follows with organ bass and some poignant fx filling the spaces in-between, leaving the excellent Beaucoup La Fete to complete the release by frequenting the sounds of Chicago to Detroit yet all the while feeling fresh and original – not always an easy feat. 8

release: 15 February on Traxsource & Beatport

http://www.youtube.com/user/RealToneRecords

 

Sid Vaga
‘Brazuca’
Wonderwheel Recordings

What a way to finish! As Sid Vaga’s explosive workout in Latin catches all the rays of rhythm going with sassy piano and vocals playing the party out in style. It may not be rocket science but the Original mix certainly works in terms of expressive energy and also contains some extra cool percussion and guitar flair. The d’sol Remix turns it all on its head with a much deeper interpretation that explores the more subtle elements (if you can believe that) in the original, especially and thankfully the emotive guitar and wind instrumentation all of which really strikes the perfect note to end on. 8

release: 15 February 2012

http://soundcloud.com/sidvaga

http://www.wonderwheelrecordings.com/

 

for inspiration Joe Bataan ‘Latin Strut’ (1974) 

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