Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Late - Phantom Papers EP (Immerse)

Helsinki’s Lauri Ampuja drops an EP of emotive dubstep to woo even the most cold hearted of listeners. Bittersweet is all smouldering synths and pained vocals, whilst Losing You prays that stuttering percussion and moody keys will make everything ok. Phantom Papers is a heavy footed effort and Under These Conditions ends the EP with mesmerising keys and vocal fragments.

Black Diamond Bay - Worship The Sun/Cold (Exceptional)

Leeds based collective Black Diamond Bay debut on the Exceptional imprint with the wonderfully melancholic Cold. Part Latiny guitar work, part impassioned lyricism from Lithuanian singer Ènue Agne Motieciute and part calm percussive action, Cold is a stunning introduction the outfit.

HeavyFeet vs. Virus Syndicate - I Spy…(Stamp Beats)

Manchester’s HeavyFeet hook up with local lyrical spitters Virus Syndicate for a frank look at life. I Spy… questions why we look the other way over sturdy beats and rising synths. The Club Dub is dominated by a mean bassline, whilst AC Slater’s mix utilises gunshots and wobbling synths to good effect.

Tula - No Name (Static Caravan)

Hailing from the Swedish island of Gotland, Tula produce gorgeous lofi creations. No Name features fragile guitars and saddened vocals, whilst Remind Me relies on disheartened lyrics and almost religious instrumentation.

Karizma - Good Morning EP (R2)

Karizma links up with the awesome Monique Bingham for the delightful Good Morning. Osunlade’s remix is suitably organic, whilst Karizma’s own Kaytronik mix employs a tougher groove. Groove A K Ordingly is a key led techy outing, which gets a fine reverberating re-take from Atjazz.

Mophono’s Halftone Society - The Sinicism EP (Bastard Jazz)

Natural Self counters Mophono’s attempts at Sinicism with a great broken jazz remix. Stepping percussion, messy brass and fat bass hits do the damage on NS’s rejig.

Curly Loop - Computer Program (Bsbtrgdclub Remix)

Bsbtrgdclub have a nearly unpronounceable name, but they make up for that with their musical wares. Bsbtrgdclub’s take on Curly Loop’s Computer Program is all bleepy keys, revolving basslines and jumping beats.

Various - Perspectives 04 (Room With A View)

It’s interesting that the finest efforts on the Hamburg based Room With A View imprint often find their way to us via the Perspectives compilation series. Pinku Vääty’s Forest Interface is a tough synth driven effort, whilst John Berg’s Stabs is a serene number, despite what the title suggests. Motor City Drum Ensemble bring us a brilliant slice of contemporary acid house in the shape of Moving Through Clouds.

Andy Compton feat. Diviniti - Where I Want To Be (Digi-Pêng) Pirahnahead & Diviniti - Believe In Me (WOW)

Detroit house diva Diviniti has been spoiling us of late and here returns with two excellent releases. Where I Want To Be is a gorgeous voyage of self discovery, where the divine one’s silky vocals are backed by a sympathetic musical arrangement. A couple of more emphatic club takes on this effort come from Matt Bandy, where fuzzy synths and striding beats dominate. Believe In Me asks for support and encouragement atop soft keys and sweet guitars. The remixes here are supplied by Ian Friday, who adds extra percussive layers and gooey synthetics.

Mist Works - Common Question (Atjazz Record Company)

A Common Question for Atjazz must be why can you make such amazing music in a variety of styles and at different tempos? Here, he teams up with Si Tew and they deliver a monstrous synthy tech outing. Aybee supplies a thoughtful Detroit inspired remix and Christo opts for cool key work, but it’s the original that does the business.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Bonobo - Black Sands (Ninja Tune)

‘Emotional’ downtempo music often sounds tepid, but Simon Green aka Bonobo knows what he’s dong. Black Sands is album of goose pimple inducing music that flows beautifully. Whether armed with strings, stunted percussion, the vocals of a certain Ms. Triana or a mix of all three, Green comes up with the goods. Kiara is a stunning synth‘n’strings masterpiece, whilst 1009 is a broken hop gem and Stay The Same thrills. A truly magical record.