Review: The final chapter of Senor Villalobos' third full-length LP came in the form of an A and B side - two tracks which end Dependent & Happy in true Villalobian fashion. "Defixia" is an irresistibly skippy trail of gentle snares and even more amiable melodies. The closing track, "Koito" continues this new found harmonic style by Ricardo, adding a hefty dosage of sub-aquatic synth bleeps all complete with his trademark percussion.
Review: Having been welcomed into the Phantasy Sound fold earlier this summer with the excellent Need Electric EP, Daniel Avery's musical tastes are further represented with this one sided white label brandishing a rather excellent, knackered pirate radio remix of "Taste" from Paul Woolford under his recently established Special Request alias. Supposedly the first of several such releases (Photonz are also due to be involved) Woolford brilliantly messes with Avery's programming here, transforming one of the oddest tracks made for dancefloor purposes into a constantly spiralling array of busted up, recycled drum breaks. It's all expertly edited by Woolford and the merest hint of the original's slightly unnerving guttural analogue thrust remains intact. A quite superb DJ tool that sets the standards for who the label looks to next!
Dancing In The Dark (Guy Gerber & DJ Tennis remix)
Dancing In The Dark (Audiofly remix)
Review: New Layo & Bushwacka material is always an exciting affair. Especially when it's a collabo with house music vocal legend Cevin Fisher, and intriguingly released in remix form before the original! Guy Gerber and DJ Tennis come through with a bright and breezy prog-flavoured take with all manner of haunted, floated pads laced over the top. Meanwhile on the flip it's all about the big sonorous bassline, ably fine-tuned by Audiofly. A highly interesting release, and one that suggests there's plenty of new L&B material en route. Please note: under new health and safety regulations, we have to advise you that dancing in the dark should be done with a responsible adult and with at least two emergency torches to hand. Rave safe, kids.
Review: Romanian producer Adrian Niculae hasn't pulled up many trees in his short production career, but his name has turned some heads thanks to this 2-tracker for All Inn Black. Both "Morning Haze" and "Spiritu Haret" fuse stark, hypnotic, minimalist rhythms with beautiful and engaging musical elements. "Morning Haze", for example, benefits from the combination of deep chord stabs and loose, additional percussion. "Spiritu Haret", on the other hand, has a breaksy shuffle and muted riffs that sound like filtered horn hits. Throughout, there's much warmth, something often lacking from similarly stripped-back productions.
Review: In an interesting move Matt Edwards has decided to revisit two tracks from his touring, chopping up "The Black Lodge" and "Mood" to create solid, functional releases that keep a set propped up nicely. First up "The Black Lodge" chugs away in a dry atmosphere, with only the reverb decay of brittle drums for company, while freaky scrapes provide about as much light relief as you could hope for in a DJ tool. "Mood" is equally focused on the flip, finding the perfect loop and working it into a techno framework (even if the beat is a touch more house!)
Review: After just a short time since his Parabola LP for German powerhouse Kompakt, John Tejada returns to the Cologne label with more of his refined and satisfying melodic techno. As a producer with many different strings to his bow, his work for the label represents his safest and most accessible side, gently bouncing along on fluffy synthesisers and clean drum patterns, yet there's still space for some adventure as on the beatless, arpeggiated wonder of "An Ounce Of Perception". "Radio Channel" follows an equally engrossing ambient path, but by and large the album stays locked into a cosy and thoroughly comforting kind of tech house.