Review: It's been four years since Fat Freddy's Drop's "Ten Feet Tall" and the ongoing remix series that joins the dots between the New Zealand outfit and the best beat makers in Berlin. Winnie & Somow are house and reggae aficionados who straddle that divide on a remix that has a rumbling bottom end and super silky lead vocal from Joe Dukie. As much as it makes you want to move, it also tugs at the heartstrings. LoYoTo then layer in endless reverb to their remake, which is invitingly cavernous and dubbed out as they rework Dukie's vocal into something more detached and blissed out.
Review: Running Back Incantations was created as a series of non-dancefloor releases and its fifth edition came from Austrian producer Daniel Meuzard aka Feater earlier this year. The "Socialo Bianco" LP utilised the EMS Synthi AKS, which he painstakingly recorded entirely by hand and straight on to tape. The track lifted from the LP entitled "Time Million" has already received remixes by legends such as Ricardo Villalobos and Pepe Bradock on the first volume of reworks, followed by current scene heroes Pangaea and Krystal Klear on the second. On this third volume, Jamaican dub/reggae drummer with a Jah given gift for music, Blood Shanti takes over the whole release and serves up four perspectives. Feel the pure elation of the "Main Mix", followed by three jamdown versions: "Dub #2" works those delays and echoes to full effect in true old school style, while "Dub #3" veers into similar sonic territory as legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood.
Review: Some three years after Forest Swords emerged in impressive fashion with the widely regarded Daggers Path, the Wirral based producer returns with a fuller exposition of his spectral sound on a debut album. Released quite appropriately on Tri Angle, Engravings worms its way into your cerebral cortex and the ten track set reveals itself to be a richer, more varied display of the ideas formed on that Forest Swords debut. Allegedly mixed down on a laptop whilst Forest Swords producer Matthew Barnes was camped out in the Wirral countryside, there's a sense of the exposed and organic that powerfully hits home. Highlights include the stuttering headnod of "Irby Terror" and "Onward" which sounds like Andy Stott shooting lasers in a cave.