Must be something about that old time Disco bassline that makes the opening track on the perhaps not so delightfully named (although certainly to the point) latest outing from Kapote and Toy Tonics. In ways you would think that there’s not a lot else to say about filtered Disco grooves over House beats but then listen to this and feel like you’ve just got that one wrong. Aided by punchy timbale, deeply smooth chords this simply feels reassuringly excellent â€“ like you’ve come home. Session Victim provide a great remix by re-tweaking all those lovely elements all over again. N1, then jumps the tempo into gear via a snazzy guitar lick, as indeed does the outstanding Arpeggio. You’ll recognise the guitar sample but not how it has been re-imagined â€“ all twisted amid sizzling electronics. PS limited to 300 copies!!!
Love the imaginative, creative combination of sounds that drive All You Need to an inevitable conclusion. It’s warped sense of reality begins life with a twisted layer of ambience that soon becomes wedded to tough beats and deep bass, emotive vocal snippets and keys all playing out as a first-rate involving piece of music. The equally great, Mind on the other hand gets tougher with darker flavours of bass and hot shuffling percussion while A Nod To 88 not surprisingly follows with sparky Acid electronics neatly contrasted with warmer chords. Nutdown, ends with more breakbeats grooving in-between suitably low-end tones and suggestive hypnotic loops of sound.
Brooding, somewhat gorgeous and dark. If that description tempts you into Christian Piers’ (SOURCEUNKNWN) way of thinking then this new Ep on the Catz â€˜n Dogz vinyl-only imprint will have you chumping at the bit. The addictive title track springs to life with a commanding breakbeat playing across brutal kicks, all feeling tough and tribal, with the arrival of pulsating stabs sounding particularly appealing played LOUD. Next, Texture conjures up deeper rhythms with undulating pads accompanying taught Detroit bass and further pulverizing beats plus Acid undertones. The excellent Step Into The Light Until We Meet Again, then seeks out the Disco with funkier percussion and Jazzy synth overtones again completing another compelling production. To finish the though-provoking You Shouldn’t Let Poets Lie To You ends with a succession of fiery snares and a sense of urgency leaving you in a rush.
Even if Amirali played the opening: The Harmonious Song and then left the building you would still be stunned by the collective beauty of the notes spread across the Rhodes. Thankfully the long player continues to revolve developing its journeys through hypnosis that somehow fits the month of May perfectly – at least from where I’m sitting. The playing is never less than outstanding, as is the production, while this collision of ideas appeals to heartwarming melancholy as much as it invigorates the spirit on tracks like the imaginary, Just An Illusion. Love the way expectations are then thrown to the wind as Painting On A Canvas follows on proudly down- tempo while tastefully placing art back where it belongs in music. In fact each track provides its own unique surprise spiraling in directions from the dancefloor to the horizontal with Amirali’s mesmerizing vocals adapting perfectly throughout. And it all sounds so easyâ€¦ 9
Hurt Russell Queensbridge Jams EP Vol 1 ILFONX Records
This excellent EP from Belfast based IlfonxÂ Records opens with the ridiculously good, Soul Kestrel which sounds like choice Jazz and Deep House rolled into an excitable experiment that pays off big time. Love the way all the disparate elements work for position, and that they almost don’t quite sit at ease with each other – that’s Jazz for you – but I highly rate this production for that very reason. And just to prove the diversity, I Can t Go On slows right down to cope with its unfeasibly funky bassline and infectious chopped-up vocals. The equally impressive, Piano Saved My Life finishes off by deepening the mood with sassy percussion and booming beats. Next please. 9
Guess you could say that the opening track, Go With The Flow has it all: crisp, pulsating beats; haunting, energising synths: lots of cool fx and vocal; plus last but never least, a killer bassline. So, yes I love this, and strongly suspect you will too. Climbers aka Jay Blakk and Kiko Deal then proceed to explore more in the way deeply invigorating music with the next three productions, which all develop similar bass infused rhythms over the course of the release – the choice is then yours.Â 8
Second excellent release out of Belfast this week and city stalwarts Extended Play once again do themselves proud. That Girl, opens with fierce, pulsating electro-beats and then gets nasty with classic heavy-duty stabs that are destined to be played out LOUD, but if that doesn’t seem like enough by the time the full vocal hits this is so obviously peak-time business. Feed Those Hoes, turns up the heat further with explosive Detroit bass lines played against crisp hats and percussion, but while I can’t say the Rap works for me the instrumental is original House heaven. Bubba and T-Bone’s tasty FTH remix thinks along similar lines by stripping back the vocal and adding shimmering electronics to the equation, proving to be yet another notable version from the duo. 8
Three new tracks from Issac Christopher which get back to Madhouse basics and aim straight for the dancefloor. The aptly titled Shake That kicks off with booming beats, shake that body vocals, and brutal basslines all playing like they were made for each other. Been Thru The House, keeps the relentless tempo but adds funkier percussion and imaginative electronics, while I Need You is the deeper of the three with warmer vibes and retro piano all feeling like summertime. 7
More thought provoking music as DJ W!ild sets upon us with his second album opening with sound effects warning: please mind the gap between the train and the platform. Dirty then proceeds to play between ambient sequences that lull you into security such as Apres La Plage, and then pulverize you with heavy-duty Kicks on the likes of Voyage (complete with sampled spiritual guidance). If dirty refers to anything in particular then the one thing that’s consistently so throughout are those trademark and edgy beats – although perhaps the answer also lies within the title tracks’ explicit voice over too, with imaginative samples appearing consistently throughout giving the album warmth and colour. Eventually it all reaches an acid drenched climax on Remember and the album contains more than its fair share of dancefloor gems e.g.Â the hypnotic bassline driven, In Love. 8
Session Victim The Haunted House Of House Delusions Of Grandeur
Don’t be fooled by the Vincent Price styled title or indeed by the name of the first track, Dark Sienna – which just so happens to be one of the better Disco sampling records I’ve heard in a while – into thinking this is something sinister. What rapidly strikes you here is the liberal use of cut-up which gives it all a reassuringly familiar feel, that of course and the inherent joyous qualities of those time-scales that are best executed on Zoinks and said title track. Despite the possible limitations that very reliance may suggest the album wisely plays with intriguing moods and tempo working particularly on Bison. However, the up-tempo numbers suit best with the funk fuelled, Good Intentions proving to be a particular favourite with many. While this isn’t challenging or pushing at boundaries in the way the above albums could be said to do, its none the less always welcome at parties.Â 7
release Date: May 14 (Vinyl/CD) / June 11 (Digital)
And so to the ever reliable soulful-funkiness of Jazzanova who are now captured â€˜live’ with this selection of old and new music recorded as played in their studio. Great organic feel to the album which grooves and leans in the right direction all along. The musicianship is exactly of the standard we’ve learnt to love but then how could you really go wrong with titles such as Jazz-Funk epic, Theme From Belle Et Fou and I Human. Slow burners such as No Use and the beautiful lyrics and piano of Little Bird vie for attention along with the more dance floor orientated material but quality is, as always, rest assured. 9
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