Saturday, 9 October 2010

V/A - Hear No Evil Volume 2 (Bastard Jazz)

It’s been a long time since Volume 1, but the wait was worth it! The new collection features some incredible downtempo works from a range of old favourites and newbies. ShoShot from Dhundee melds rave stabs with pondering jazz keys, whilst Jugoe’s In Memory Of is clumpy in a good way. Double Identity’s Jah Arise is dubby enough to get you stoned, as Oneman weaves soft keys around rough guitars on No Life On Saturn and Colm K brings back the feeling on Love Loving You.

Tiefschwarz - Melted Chocolate Volume 1 (Souvenir)

After the new album comes the inevitable remixes, with Guido Schneider and SIS presenting incredible reinterpretations of Find Me. Guido Schneider opts for springy basslines, heavily fxed vocals and percussion with pulse like regularity. SIS’s epic fourteen minute revision features looped vocals, knife like synths and snipped beats.

Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar (Combo Re-Edits)

I Need A Dollar is an incredible record and in original form will serve for soul friendly and eclectic dancefloors. However, we can thank Combo for knocking up smart remixes that will take the track to less adventurous floors. Combo uses housier beats on both his dub and vocal versions, which weave Blacc’s vocals over new grooves inspired by the original version.

Class Actress - Terminally Chill (Class Actress)

Neon Indian’s Terminally Chill gets the typically racy Class Actress treatment on this cover version. It follows on beautifully from the Actress’s stunning Journal Of Ardency EP. Elizabeth Harper’s sultry vocals are backed by understated synths and pattering beats on this cool cover.

Arkist - I Couldn’t Possibly (Immerse)

Bristol’s Arkist helps to continue Immerse’s purple patch with a thought-provoking debut on the imprint. I Couldn’t Possibly features deep synths, walking percussion and purring bass action. Only If You Mean It is a similarly measured yet floor satiating mission, where psychedelic keys hold the attention.

Idiotproof vs Eats Everything - Can You Jump (Unknown)

Wildchild’s Can You Jump is the subject of this monstrous club revision from Idiotproof & Eats Everything. Energetic kicks and sliced vocals are the main elements at work here.