Review: Acidic powerhouse Bill Converse makes his debut on FIT SOUND. His sound is a refreshing perspective informed by the midwest warehouse parties of which he was schooled mutated into his own blend. Treading the line between melody and brutality, while never being heavy handed, Converse has proved himself once again to be a true original lurking in the underground today.
Review: If your metallic fascias need a bit of work, the S&M Trading Co - a newly incorporated collaboration between Fit Sound supremo Aaaron "Fit" Siegel and Norwegian eccentric DJ Sotofett - is here to help. This first 12" does a good job in showcasing their (imaginary) services, primarily via the epic and mind-altering A-side "Metal Surface Repair". It's sparse, spacey, undulating and intoxicating, with the action focused on clanging machine percussion hits, intergalactic chords and a restless TB-303 acid line. Sotofett handles remix duties on the flipside, first exploring wilder acid house pastures on the aptly named "Acidic Mix" before taking us on a druggy ambient acid trip on the excellent "Synthetic Mix".
Review: Of all the delightful curveballs FXHE pulled last year, coaxing 90s Swedish techno producer Patrik Sjeren out of hiding to contribute to a Omar S release was the least expected. Detroit obviously favours the producer as Aaron Siegel's FIT Sounds operation now presents a full eponymously titled EP of new Sjeren material. The Swede's dalliance with Omar S on that 998 12" last year feels like it's inspired him as the four tracks here sound as diverse as a FXHE release and are held together cohesively by Sjeren's veteran production touch. Lead track "Lowdown" throws around a fractured female vocal edit and playfully shining keys over a smooth yet bumping house groove whilst the driving "Trashed Funk" adopts a similar approach but feels a whole lot dirtier. Flip over and Patrik switches the emphasis to techno, heading down the analogue wormhole on "Code Black" and pulling us sideways with the hypnotic warblings of "Lumena".