Review: The Chemical Brothers are back with their 10th studio album (mixes and soundtracks not withstanding), and they're sounding especially fired up. The widescreen stadium psychedelia they've made their own spills out in abundance across "No Geography", but it's also matched with a feverish energy. The more up-tempo tracks, like "Gravity Drops" and "Eve Of Destruction", spit and snarl with the best of their classic, down and dirty dancefloor material, but there's plenty of space for the starry eyed songwriting they've made their own in more recent times. Just cop "The Universe Sent Me" and be immediately transported to a festival field, where you'll no doubt be catching The Bro's this summer.
Gorgon City & Duke Dumont - "Real Life" (feat Naations)
Blame (feat Josh Barry)
Go Deep (feat Kamille & Ghosted)
Let It Go (feat Naations)
One Last Song (feat JP Cooper)
Never Enough (feat Chenai)
Hear That (feat D Double E)
All Four Walls (feat Vaults)
Love Me (feat Lulu James)
Overdose (feat Josh Barry)
Night Drive (feat Kelly Kiara)
Review: North London duo Gorgon City have pushed the boat out on this follow-up to hit 2014 debut album, Sirens, delivering a set of radio-friendly vocal dance cuts that brilliantly blend their usual retro-futurist house and garage rhythms with thrilling pop hooks and musical flourishes variously inspired by '90s piano house, R&B, dancehall, grime and UK garage. The expansive cast list of collaborators and guest vocalists is naturally impressive, with pal Duke Dumont, grime pioneer D Double E, R&B chanteuse Kamile, Josh Barry, JP Cooper and Vaults amongst the strongest contributors. As crossover dance albums go, Escape is pretty nifty.
Review: When The Prodigy's The Fat of The Land first appeared back in 1997, it captured the mood of the times. By blending the psychedelic obsession of the Chemical Brothers and the rock-obsessed rhythms of big beat with their usual rave-influenced nastiness, Liam Howlett and company blew the competition out of the water. Almost overnight, they became international dance music's most in-demand live act. 15 years on, the album's lost none of its sparkle. This celebratory edition presents the remastered album in full, alongside a sextet of remixes. While they don't all hit the mark, Major Lazer and Noisia's booming reworks of "Smack My Bitch Up" are pretty darn tasty.
Review: Polish jazz re-constructors Skalpel return after a six-year hiatus with a sumptuous new album of low slung mood pieces that channel their homeland's illustrious musical history. Since they first surfaced on Ninja Tune many moons ago, the duo have mined a fertile seam of smoky, cinematic musicality that's modern in outlook even if it's classic in its sound sources. They're sounding particularly effervescent on this latest set, with tracks like "Cold Air" bursting with joy but never at the expense of that cool-headed vibe that has been their calling card for more than 15 years.
Review: After releasing a number of singles solo, Ingram worked with Carl Craig, Anthony Shakir and Kenny Dixon, Jr. for Urban Tribe's first full-length album on MoWax. He is best known for one of the all-time great Detroit Techno classics, 'Covert Action', which appeared on the legendary Retroactive imprint in 1990, to be reissued by Planet E in 2002. Prior to that he worked on one of Kirk DeGiorgio's New Electronica albums, all the way back to the beginning with Juan Atkins & 'NASA' in 1987. Most people would recognize him today by his 'Drexciyan DJ Stingray' moniker, as his electric sessions have entertained world wide in recent years.
Review: Urban Tribe hooks up with Veteran producer Sherard Ingram, perhaps best known as the mysterious Drexciyan DJ Stingray. Here they drop an new long player on Rephlex, entitled "Acceptable Side Effects".