Immediately creating the strange sensation that past and present are inexplicably one and the same this collection of quivering, boisterous notes transform themselves into a wealth of science. The evolution and celebration of synthesizers is what is at play here as the artist redefines his obvious love and admiration for the sounds created. However, this is far from an exercise in dry emotion as excitable motifs are found on the opening, Propagating Flip Flops. Jazzy basslines and oddities on Intellijel Bell. The squelch of leftfield rhythms on Acid On Yusef. And so the journey continues apace. Perhaps it is the shimmering eloquence of Sublime Frequencies Of Cairo swirling like the height of ecstasy as waves of emotion are endlessly intertwined becoming realised as beautiful, classical melody. Or maybe the watery intensity finalised by the fiery sequences of No Kick, No Cry. Either or in all ways this is a stunning listen.
ReKreation & Saytek
Dub Poetry EP
Deep Edition Recordings
It’s always reassuring to hear the voice from Bobby Konders â€˜The Poem’ feature on a track and this excellent production from ReKreation & Saytek is no exception. Driven forwards by sizzling hi-hats and throbbing beats this has a timely quality that transcends the House Music timeline by taking its inspiration from such a classic, and then transforming the nostalgia into something completely contemporary. Love the demanding sequence of creative stabs and organ pulses that join themselves together here to make this such an exciting and thoughtful ride – this is first rate coming with such an apt title. The Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski Remix continues the excellence with funkier, fuzzy bass as the Pretty Criminals Remix gets deeper again. Second track, Experiments in Kaya is tougher in ways with striking configurations of undulating chords and staccato bass, although Poetry is always best.
Release: December 3 Beatport exclusive. All other stores December 17
Music can be beautiful just like it can get ugly and cynical. This latest collection from Irish imprint DhARMA begins by reclining gently into the former with moods pitched somewhere between relaxed ambience and cinematic cool. So if you like music to project itself imaginatively across your line of vision then both Kyson’s beautifully bluesy â€˜Drifting On By’ and Akito Misaki’s exquisite â€˜Do You Remember Me’ are pretty much essential listening. Tibalt’s â€˜Midnight Travellers’ sparks the ignition with fast beats and European synthesisers galore, leaving Silly Rabit ‘Subsonic Sunset’ with fizzy electronic atmospheres and Skai Nine’s energised â€˜Beta’ to complete the picture.
106 Miles to the Matrix EP
If you’re a sucker for break beats then this is most definitely for you. As with the other current release from hi-life! this percussion fuelled gem is all about energy packed rhythm that simply feels irresistible. In this instance 106 Miles has been produced by Mexico City’s Victor Ibarrola and if this is anything to go by you’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the very near future. Second track, The Matrix also features a sampledÂ voice over, although this time the music feels less frantic exploring deeper bass and imaginative soundscapesÂ leading eventually to deliciously dark pads and a breathtaking breakdown.
Returning to 22 Digit Records for his second release Newcastle based producer Midicult has produced a distinctive and unique piece of music in â€˜Who Am I’. Spanning the breadth of almost ten minutes of low-slung bass action this may deceptively come across as minimal programming, but listen closer and it reveals itself to be intricate funk of the highest degree. It’s all contained within the frisky drum editing, which alongside the rumbling bassline and jolting stabs, provide the basis for the disconcerting voice to weave its coda. Tom Ellis then highlights that vocal and funks up the bass, while Jerico adds a more progressive feel, leaving Steve Legget’s shuffling Techno to finish off.
Day ZeroÂ Sound Of The Mayan Spirit
Damian Lazarus is ambitiously staging the Day Zero festival (as decreed by the ancient Mayan civilisation) on December 20/ 21 of this year at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. For further details check the link www.dayzerofestival.com
And so to the music which comprises of thirteen new compositions, and as you would imagine is all about serious intent. Ranging from artists such as Jay Haze, Acid Pauli, to Mathew Jonson the resulting album plays out across the full spectrum of sound and light, and is undoubtably a reverential experience. What I reallyÂ like about the way the album flows is the fact that each contributionÂ is excellent in its own right, this isn’t really about standouts taking priority, although I am slightly tempted to point out Francesca Lombardo’s sublime â€˜Cosmic Dancer â€˜ as well as Fur Coat’sÂ â€˜Greed, Insanity’ which in essence spells it all out to you loud and clear. I also suspect that you could listen to this almost anywhere, and I do mean that literally, while still receiving the same level of satisfaction in doing so. The message is in the music.