Two of the finest producers in Dance Music once again deliver their skillset with flawless ease. Kicking off with the pounding, thrilling array of tribal drums delivered by the excellent Touchdown, which also contains one of those standout synth moments, the production both cleverly employs a Dub sensibility alongside a feverish dancefloor arrangement resulting in the sort of dark, intensely satisfying, lose yourself grooves that seem to chime with the times we live in most tellingly. Got You, follows with the introduction of commanding voices plus evolving layers of keyboards that build the tension into an inevitable release of energy. The drums are everything required being funky yet hard-hitting and of course most essentially irresistibly rhythmic, following the footsteps of the previous number with more first-rate drum programming coupled with the duo’s intimate knowledge of the process.
Great production by Frag Maddin who delivers unforgiving and most certainly unrepentant rhythms that force the word gritty through the mill while coming up smiling. Three tracks for Riva Starr’s imprint kick off via the sizzling, bombastic beats and bass of Up To You – which even makes the Loleatta Holloway vocal feel fresh. 1st Reason, follows with a continuation of sinister synths lines and probing low-end theory, while 2nd Reason explores funkier (dare I say melodic) climes to complete this first rate release.
Music For Freaks
Next in line of killer releases from the label is this irresistibly funky number from jozif who transports a neat sequence of cowbell hits into something altogether more huge care off fuzzy bass notes, plus punchy synthesizers and commanding voices. All My Life, then gets moodier with repeating electronics alongside the relative warmth of harmonious melodies. Either way, great music.
Release: July 29
Four equally captivating productions adorn this latest outing from the French duo for One Records. And as you’d expect they cut right to the edge via tough, smoky drums and low-slung bass. The EP’s title track does all that and more with chiming keys playing out across rich yet moody atmospheres perfect for those deep and possibly late-night moments. The Mankind, then adds a swing to the drums along with more brooding chords, leaving the excellent Hustle to get freaky via break-beats and heavy synths. The aptly titled Running Out completes via energetic rhythms that will no doubt leave a satisfied dancefloor once again.
Release July 18