Review: Founder and leader of the Banana Hill parties out of Sheffield, Cervo has started churning out some seriously bad-mannered house music as of late. Interestingly, his devious blends of 4/4 dance recall the same sort of experimentation and freedom as Toddla T's tracks, the main star to have come out of Steel City. The man debuts on London's Black Acre with these two spicy rave bangers, kicking off with the smooth and liquid-like "Deyo", before turning everything into a bumpy stomp on the more acid-laden "Kasoa". The main thing about these two tunes is the funk running deep in its veins - boom!
Review: Florence born Cristiano Crisci is Clap! Clap! , and he has musical roots that date back to the mid-90s when he was a rapper. Later came a love of jazz and punk and time in the Trio Cane and by 2008 he was working solo. Clap! Clap! is a project that saw him bring Afro samples to the mix along with club driven drum programming and now his third album on Black Acre shows off this energetic style, but infused with plenty of thoughtful acoustic sounds and lush synths that drip like water. The tracks are lush and humid like a steamy jungle and worldly references abound throughout.
Review: At long last. While world events have left his last certy gold bangers like "Rikers", "Jungle Kitchen" and "Dyrge" seem like they're now from a whole other age, the enigmatic Commodo returns with more essential dark dreams. Each cut hits with that uneasy sense of mystique and soul; "Loan Shark" flings out strange but strong rays of light so it can skulk along in its own deep shadows, "Contraband" lures us deeper into the shadows with a fantastical narrative. Part Orient, part theatrical, there's a power in these unhurried, restrained hooks. Finally the heavier piece of the set; "Hot Pursuit". Much more brazen in its kicks and scattered industrial percussion shots, there's an off-grid funk rumbling away here and a western guitar twang strong enough to have you demanding duels with your nearest and dearest.