Review: Following his recent memorable EP for Rush Hour containing end of night burner "You're Not The Only Girl", veteran Dutch producer Dexter returns to the Clone stable with this release on their Crown Ltd sub-label. Gone are the melancholic undertones of the Rush Hour release, replaced here by the vintage electro flex of the splendidly titled "Space Booty" and "Fat Skinny People". Upon first listen it's not too hard to see where the name for the title track comes from, with a boompty bassline channelling the spirit of Dexter's finest releases to date. Our pick though is flipside track "Fat Skinny People", with filthy synth stabs complemented by an instant classic looped vocal. It's so good Dexter even included a bonus beats version. Comes with free download code too.
Review: After a period on the sidelines, the Clone Crown Series returns in triumphant fashion with the first of two planned releases from Gary Gritness, a new project from French artist Tim Becherand. An experienced studio hand, Becherand has credits on works by artists as varied as Orlando Voorn, Dam-Funk, Grant Nelson, and Boddhi Satva to his name, and also experience of playing in various ensembles. The Frenchman resurfaces as Gritness for Clone some 4 years after his first appearance on a split release by My Love Is Underground and this is a much more comprehensive display of his production range. Clearly indebted by the sounds of US cities Detroit, Oakland, and Atlanta, the four tracks here are quite unique with the fast paced flex of "Ridin' With Runner Joe" a notable highlight.
Review: Clone reach out to the eccentrically brilliant Erik Travis for a further round of Detroit electro funk on their Crown Ltd offshoot. Make You Rock, Travis' previous endeavour on the Dutch emporium, was one of our favourite releases this year, and Big Spender is further evidence of the FACT Records boss's obvious talent. If you can imagine the sort of heaving funk boogie nuggets PPU reissue transposed to the 21st Century then you get a good idea of the vibe across these five tracks. Lead track "Big Spender" is a certified jam with sinewy synth twists wrapping around the snapping kicks and the infectious vocal hook - it makes you wonder why talented producers like Travis are relegated to the fringes of American music whilst the risible Guetta conquers all; the thought of this Detroit producer making beats for Rhi Rhi or Beyonce is quite intriguing.
Review: The second release from the Clone stable this week aptly demonstrates why the multi faceted Dutch imprint will always have a place in our collective hearts! The lesser spotted Clone Crown Ltd series returns a lesson in Detroit electro funk history courtesy of Erik Travis. Responsible for the Detroit collectors item "Programming" under his Sound Of Mind alias back in 1987, Travis seemingly fell off the radar before reappearing in the late 90s. Having set up his own FACT Records label, he's been quietly releasing his own unique take on Detroit music ever since. A round of applause to Clone then for squeezing these four slices of Travis brilliance out of him, with the title track the sort of expert boombap melding of vintage electro and techno that demands you play it in the discoteque. Elsewhere "Arise" and "Can't Get Off" sounds like a Viagra embellished take on the fresh beat sounds of James Pants debut opus. Finally "Phone Sex" is a sample heavy Detroit electro funk epic with the rudest kick drum in some time! Big tip!