Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around (Combolito Edit)

Combo of Sumo and Bangana fame has been firing off edits left, right and centre. Here he comes up with the goods with a re-touch of Donald Byrd’s Love Has Come Around. Joyous synths, bright brass and realising vocals bring the magic on Combo’s excellent edit.

Teeloo - Habitant EP (No 19)

Canada’s Teeloo excels himself here with a gorgeous Afroid house effort named Esso. Shaken percussion, beautiful synths and sonorous vocals combine on this outstanding track.

Aeroplane - We Can’t Fly (Eskimo)

Vito now flies solo and this summer anthem proves that the Belgian producer can soar over the clouds. Breathtaking keys, euphoric synths and almost gospel like vocals combine on this perfect pop record.

George Fitzgerald - The Let Down (Hotflush 2)

London based George Fitzgerald makes rousing midtempo electronic grooves. features sliced vocals, woozy synthetics and precise beats. The Let DownWeakness is a bit of a misnomer, as its sprightly percussion and far reaching synths prove this cut is anything but weak.

The Resonators - Sweet Love Affair (Wah Wah 45s)

In the same UK reggae ballpark as Prince Fatty and the like, The Resonators bring us a sugary gem in the shape of Sweet Love Affair. Proud brass, cool guitars and a humming bassline back adoring lyrics on the vocal, whilst the Dub lets the bass and sax shine.

Visitors - Ledger (Discs Sinthomme)

One of NY’s future disco leading lights, Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane hooks up with Sal Principato of Liquid Liquid fame for an enthralling night on the tiles. Ledger is all bold guitar work, earnest vocals and mean bass action. RichardBronx Dogs/Padded CellSen gives the track a more streamlined approach on his remix, courtesy of groovy key work and plodding beats.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Sepalcure - Love Pressure EP (Hotflush)

NY’s Sepalcure plough a deep electronic furrow, where the grooves are meaningful and the beats demand attention. The title cut features chopped vocals and forced synthetics, whilst Down delves further. Everyday Of My Life suggests Seplacure inhabit a tough world, and The Warning offers warm keys and deep thoughts.

DJ Center - Center’s Groove (Bastard Jazz)

NY boy Center links up with local label Bastard Jazz for a cooling Latin influenced musical drink that could have helped to abate the city’s summer heat wave. Homely brass, effortless guitars and choice live percussion do the work on the gorgeous Center’s Groove.

Scuba - Tense (Ramadanman Remix) (Abucs)

This link up between Scuba and Ramadanman has produced an ethereal dancefloor treat. Jumpy percussion, flickering keys and a springy bass meet on this powerful cut.

Toddla T - Sky Surfing (Ninja Tune)

Sheffield wonder kid Toddla T debuts on the mighty Ninja Tune with a splurting bassline killer. The subject material of Jamaican vocalist Wayne Marshall’s chat is predictable, but his delivery works over T’s breakneck beats and singing keys.