Review: Techno stalwart Mr G was inspired to make the tracks showcased on his latest album while prepping "jazzy tracks" for a Worldwide Radio appearance alongside pal Kieran Ifill aka K15. Subsequently it's a fair more varied and musically expansive collection than we've come to expect, with tracks ranging from the vibraphone-laden house shuffle of "Praise" and bluesy downtempo grooves of "Strollin'", to the smoky jazz-dance business of "My F'ed Up Mixer", percussive "Hollywood Swinging" and bruk-up, jazz-funk influenced beauty of "That Blue Moon Feeling". It relies far more on dusty samples, hazy audio textures and non-linear beats than much of the producer's vast body of work, but that's no bad thing. In fact, it could well be one of his most ear-catching and entertaining excursions yet.
Review: UK techno legend Colin McBean returns on his always reliable Phoenix G imprint with A Good Place? A dozen servings of tough and steely house music that properly brings the funk as you'd expect from the man once behind such legendary and seminal acts like The Advent and G-Flame & Mr. G. There's also a few wonderful surprises too; such as the broken beat/nu jazz deepness of "One For The Headz" or the dusty disco loops of "Interluded (part 1)". But otherwise it really is business as usual, such as on the hi octane stormer "Nothin' (Cause We Are Strong)" with its "French Kiss" style melody, the deeply emotive "In The Sun... Finally!" or the raw and rusty dust covered jack of "G's Jazz" it's all killer no filler on here we assure you!
Review: Colin McBean continues to offer up new EPs containing sought-after cuts from his vast back catalogue. This latest EP gathers together some of the highlights from his 2012 LP "State of Flux", including a clutch that have never before appeared on wax. First up is bona-fide floor-slayer "Dark Thoughts (The Afterworld)", where McBean wraps foreboding bass and intergalactic electronics around a bounding groove, quickly followed by the gargantuan metallic percussion hits, trippy spoken word samples and restless acid bass of "G's Riddem". Turn to the flipside for the warehouse-ready acid house revivalism of "Clearing Space" and the sweaty analogue house heaviness of sub-sporting thriller "Mango Came Round...."