Review: The first Money $ex release of 2017 is something of a woozy, soft touch treat. It comes from German beat-maker Dexter - not to be confused with the Dutch electro legend - and contains as sextet of drowsy, melodious, sun-kissed workouts. It sounds like it may have been made with an MPC and a small but perfectly formed collection of analogue synthesizers, but don't quote us on that. The producer's specialism seems to be the fusion of languid chords, tumbling melody lines, spaced-out post hip-hop beats and carefully chosen samples. Of course, there are a few more upbeat moments jotted throughout - the brilliant soundscape synth-funk of "Bells of Lorenz" and deep house inspired boogie shuffler "Off Shore" being the best examples - but for the most part it's a pleasingly horizontal affair.
Review: This Juno exclusive is a hip hop beat from Australia that has had props from Public Enemy's DJ Lord, no less. A heartfelt eight-minute medley from Brisbane's DJ Bacon whose title is a mash up of Run-DMC and Beastie Boys, it is said that more than 150 samples feature on the two tracks and the resulting collages are real bangers. "RUN-BST Megamix (Part 1)" skews iconic vocals, cow bells, stabs and punctured kick drums through a streetwise lens, and part 2 on the flip offers a more tender groove with soulful vocals over crisp hits.
Review: Serial party starter Soopasoul raises the Rufus with this flighty take on this gutsy 77 classic. Splicing the vocals down to the nitty gritty (excuse us) so it's a bare naked call and response over some well polished breaks, Soopasoul's added a whole new lease of dancefloor energy. Flip for even more stripped back beat track. Hot.
Review: Plenty of DJs have been spinning DJ Soopasoul's recent re-edit singles, while his outings for Jalepeno Records continue to set dancefloors alight. Rock It Don't Stop sees him in full cut-and-paste mode, serving up two variations on a break-propelled, party-starting theme. "Mix 1" of "Rock It Don't Stop" is a heady and intoxicating affair, with a familiar vocal refrain and party-hearty raps rising above a Shaft-tastic backing track seemingly crafted using elements from about ten different records. On "Mix 2", Soopasoul pushes the boat out even further, clashing and colliding familiar basslines, guitar riffs and Supersonic Force vocals with sweaty new drum solos and the heaviest backing breaks known to man. If anything, it's even more potent than the A-side... and that's saying something.
Review: "Parallel Universe" is The Dude Of Stratosphear's debut single, featuring the Thai rapper MC Sinnamon. Real name Jerome Doudet, he is a Swiss/French artist and bass player based in Bangkok, Thailand. A DJ, vinyl collector, musician, graphic designer and East Asian music connoisseur, The Dude Of Stratosphear was groomed in the vibrant alternative scene of Geneva, Switzerland. He presents here an cosmic trip between the heat of Chennai's bazaars and Bangkok's chaotic streets. Said to be based on a rare Indian library sample, "Wat That Tong" features samples of Thailand molam queen Yenjit Porntavi, plus a modern dub beat and Indian percussion.
Review: Soul auteur Jonathan Diggs Duke returns to one of his older EPs for a timely reissue. Originally released in 2015, just after his critically acclaimed debut album on Giles Peterson's Brownswood, the three tracks catch Diggs at his most flighty and free-thinking; "Ambition Addiction" jumps and rolls like a tightly coiled jazz spring before hurling us into the deep harmonic soulful blue of "Welcome" and "Funky Overdose" lives up to its name with its off beat magic, tightly plucked guitar and staccato vocals. Addictive.