Review: It's been four years since Fat Freddy's Drop's "Ten Feet Tall" and the ongoing remix series that joins the dots between the New Zealand outfit and the best beat makers in Berlin. Winnie & Somow are house and reggae aficionados who straddle that divide on a remix that has a rumbling bottom end and super silky lead vocal from Joe Dukie. As much as it makes you want to move, it also tugs at the heartstrings. LoYoTo then layer in endless reverb to their remake, which is invitingly cavernous and dubbed out as they rework Dukie's vocal into something more detached and blissed out.
Family Man & Youth Professional - "Southern Version" (version) (3:51)
Review: More than 40 years after its initial release, Afrik revisit the blissed out reggae of Melford Jackson's one and only hit, "Southern Africa". At its heart is some fantastic chord work, which trills and shimmers above the rumbling drums and jangling little guitar riffs. The flip finds Jamaican reggae bass player Family Man link with Youth Professional Band for the enchantingly aimless and wandering "Southern Version", in which it is so easy, and so enjoyable, to get lost in on a lazy afternoon.
The Unknown Cases - "Masimbabele 89" (Adrian Sherwood remix) (8:48)
Keith LeBlanc - "These Sounds" (5:02)
The Beatings - "Television" (Dance mix) (2:47)
Pankow - "Girls & Boys" (5:17)
Ministry - "All Day" (remix) (6:01)
Rinf - "Big Bondage" (Kinky Sex Wet mix) (2:39)
KMFDM - "Don't Blow Your Top" (Adrian Sherwood remix) (5:06)
Dub Syndicate - "Snatch A Style" (0:58)
Lee Scratch Perry - "Music & Science Madness" (4:36)
Bim Sherman - "Haunting Ground" (dub) (3:14)
African Head Charge - "Hold Some" (version) (3:33)
Dub Syndicate - "Early Mafia" (4:43)
Review: The second volume of the Sherwood At The Controls compilation series focuses on Adrian Sherwood productions recorded and released between 1985 and 1990. Predictably, it's another fine set, once again showcasing the On U-Sound chief's ability to fuse his love of dub sounds and production with all manner of (then) contemporary dancefloor sounds. Highlights come thick and fast, from the trippy Balearic Afro-funk of the Unknown Cases' "Masimbabele '89" and rock-rap growl of The Beatings' "Television", to the uncomplicated, sax-laden sweetness of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's "Music & Science Mafia", and Pankow's deliciously fuzzy cover of Prince's "Girls & Boys". Throw in a couple of typically weighty Dub Mafia tracks, and you have another essential retrospective.