Review: East End Dubz offshoot Eastenderz continues to go from strength to strength after killer releases from Romanians Lizz and Nami. Keeping on with their focus on the finest of emerging talent, they now tap Japanese artist in London Ittetsu for their tenth edition. Starting out on the first side in great fashion is "Lax", a raw and shuffling groove with the right amount of dust and bumpiness in its functionality. Next up the fittingly titled "Dub III" was probably our favourite, this rolling and emotive journey through deepness is reminiscent of Ion Ludwig. Finally on the flip is "11th", a reduced minimal funk jam with some wacky sound FX accompanied by a low slung groove that's perfect for the after-hours.
Review: DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer... Kalabrese's talents know no bounds. Naturally his range is equally bountiful, but nothing in his past discography matches the colour, warmth and scope of this extensive second album. Ranging from the WhoMadeWho style lollops of the title track to the ghostly Blakey echoes of "Das Haus Am Fluss", the Zurich-based artist has polished his technique with finesse. With a delivery that's not far off a young Byrne, and an ability to conjure up some very interesting studio sounds (case in point: the fluctuating bass on "Makossa"), Kalabrese has hit a rich vein of form. Available as a special gatefold vinyl and CD package, this is a very wise investment opportunity.
Review: Gird yourselves; starting from this month and running through until December, Dutch institution Dekmantel are celebrating a decade in the game with a series of monthly 12"s featuring a seriously all-star cast from Tony Allen to Villalobos. It starts right here as legendary innovative composer Gigi Masin opens with the lilting, delicate "Maja", Vakula brings us down from the clouds and back to the future with the body-jacking ghetto bump of "Robot Fuck The System" while Flugel blows the finale horn with the swampy Amazonian harmonic trip-out "Mice On Stick". This is the start of something very special.