Review: If you've been paying close attention to music release on techo's fluid margins, you may already be familiar with the work of Adam Longman Parker AKA Afriqua. He's released a fair amount of material over the last few years, serving up cuts that variously doff a cap to tech-house, techno and booming British bass music. This first EP for R&S Records is similarly hard to pin down. Parker begins with the tumbling music box melodies, subtle Afrobeat touches and rock solid rhythms of "Aleph", before mixing '90s modem noises and enveloping chords on hazy ambient piece "Sent". Over on side B, he serves up a dreamy and melodious take on dub techno ("Opferator" [sic]) and a Motor City influenced chunk of deep house/tech-house fusion (the rather brilliant "Thanksgiving").
Review: Talaboman's The Night Land LP was a definite 2017 highlight, as it managed to cross-pollinate all the best elements of the 'outsider' house debacle into one cohesive collection of tracks. Out through Belgium's mighty R&S, it was certain from the start that there would be some form of follow-up to the producer's wild and explorative shades of electronic dance. As such, the imprint have called up a selection of trusted characters from around the globe, starting with Superpitcher's deep and mystical version of "Dins El Llit", a reinterpretation that truly merits some attention of its own, particularly for how beautifully it levitates the original. TTT's newfound homeboy, Samo DJ, morphs the dreary sonics of "The Ghosts Hood" into an even deeper wormhole of dread, short of heading into total 303 oblivion; synth-head LB dub-Corp takes on "Brutal Chugga Chugga" and spins the original with the help of his characteristically edgy and off-kilter percussion work. A fine remix initiative. Recommended.