Review: Poly Kicks, the London based label run by brothers Tessela and Truss (aka Overmono) now present mysterious newcomer Glyn Hendry for the imprint's ninth edition that follows up a slew of killer releases by the brothers themselves. We're loving A side Escape Club 99, a frantic polyrhythmic stepper that is the title track, but "Dexy" on the flip with its tough rolling, bass heavy bounce is just as good too.
Review: There's been quite a bit of chatter online about Poly Kicks latest 12", which comes from multimedia artist Haroon Mirza. It comprises a double-pack featuring two identical 12" singles, each featuring 50 locked grooves created - in part - by recording the sounds of custom records the artist made out of cardboard, Sellotape, glass and more. These recordings were then processed, messed around with, and turned into a series of odd but rather brilliant locked grooves. According to the label, any of the grooves can be played together using the two 12" singles (and a mixer, naturally), at which point "the music within will be unlocked". It's an intriguing idea, and one worth trying; certainly, you can create some deliciously fuzzy techno and experimental loop-noise by playing around with the grooves.
Review: Last time out, sibling studio buddies Truss and Tessela served up some intriguing, left-of-centre electronica and ambient on XL Recordings. This outing on Tessela's Poly Kicks label is far more dancefloor-focused in tone, with weighty opener "Daisy Chain" offering a rich and humid blend of chunky, hardcore-era breakbeats, deep sub-bass, tropical noises and lilting piano chords. "The Mabe" follows a similar trajectory, layering dreamy, "Selected Ambient Works" style chords and blissful synthesizer melodies atop an ambidextrous breakbeat rhythm, before the brothers once again showcase their innate grasp of melodious ambient electronics via the beat-free bliss of closer "Raft Living".
Review: ** HACKNEY REPRESS ** Tessela has been one of the multi-headed UK bass scene's most interesting talents since he first appeared in 2011; this first release on his fledgling Poly Kicks label comes from the producer himself, featuring two tracks that show a clear development of his signature sub-heavy sound that references classic breakbeat and jungle. "Hackney Parrot" first via a Jackmaster and Loefah Boiler Room session last November, and its stuttering vocal and tunnelling subs still pack a punch, but "Helter Skelter" just edges it out with its heavily swung rhythms and crackly jungle samples hissing away in the background.
Review: Despite releasing plenty of fine music over the last few years, Tessela can't escape his 2013 club smash "Hackney Parrot". In some ways, the strobe-friendly chunk of rave revivalism was ahead of the curve; these days, similarly loved-up and bass-heavy cuts are ten-a-penny. It seems fitting, then, that the producer's latest EP should feature a re-imagined "10 Ton Mix" version of the same track. It was apparently conceived during work on a live performance, and is notably denser and more techno-focused than the original version. If anything, he's managed to make it even bigger, with the ear catching female vocal sample being joined by some fizzing new synth riffs. Speaking of techno, flipside "Headland" is a typically heavy, mind-altering peak-time workout.
Review: It certainly feels as if Tessela and Truss are making up for lost time with Poly Kicks. Tessela's all-conquering Hackney Parrot heralded the label's arrival back in early 2013, but Poly Kicks was put on hold until late last year when a fresh 12" from the UK producer announced its return. After a Haroon Mizra-helmed deviation into the first of a series of locked groove releases, Tessela lines up the fourth Poly Kicks 12" with the swift one-two punch to the guts of bass bins everywhere that is Swimming With Dance. Up top, "With Patsy" finds Tessela expertly constructing a tribalist swerver punctuated by an endlessly messed with vocal loop. "Swimming" will be just as deadly in the club!
Review: London's Tessela is back on his very own Poly Kicks for the label's sixth outing. For a swift bit of context, the imprint has been among our favourites over the last year, primarily for its ability to amalgamate heartfelt British techno together with less rigid, more deconstructed experimental sonic sketches in a way that doesn't feel forced. This time, however, the producer heads straight to the dance floor with the uncompromising pounce of "Sorbet", a driving UK techno slammer with a broken beat and some cavernous electronic trickery. The B-side, "Driving", is our favourite, however, due to the track's suave injection of rhythmic half-breaks, minimal melodic rift, and relentless crescendo of energy. This is techno release no.1 for us, this week; don't miss it, there's only limited quantities.
Review: Tom Russell's output in the last few years has been all about quality not quantity, focusing his abrasive, hard as nails attitude mainly for Ali Wells' Perc Trax imprint. Finally releasing on the Poly Kicks label he runs with brother Ed 'Tessela' Russell, Truss steps up for the latest 50 Locked Grooves double pack; implemented using a Vermona DRM put through an Elektron Octatrack, they are tough and functional enough to appeal to techno DJs, noise/industrial freaks through to electro aficionados. As Poly Kicks themselves have advised, you combine the lock grooves for polyrhythms for creating interesting textures, effects or another layer to your mixes. Heavy artillery for serious DJ use only.