Review: The transformation of Basic Channel into Rhythm & Sound reflects both a changed vibe and focus within their musical work. This release leaves the techno concept behind but keeps the branded Basic Channel sound. The combination with Paul St Hilaire's vocals adds a new dimension to Basic Channel's room of musical expression. A dub version is provided on the B-Side.
Review: R&S together with long time associate Paul St Hilaire produces a tripping laid back disco dub anthem. The rather fragmentary vocals are complemented by a subtle and improvised guitar. Quality guaranteed!
Review: The continued contact to the NYC based reggae label Wackies yielded a couple of contracts to singers who have been involved in recordings since the early 80s. Love Joy (one half of the Love Joys duo) shows her undisputable talents by delivering this masterpiece of a song. R&S lays a backing track which pushes the benchmark for the standard higher again.
Malik Alston - "Butterfly" (Amp Dog Knight & Jovante remix)
Darren Abrams - "Loose Piano" (Malik Pittman remix)
Review: Following the "Detroit Beatdown", known better as Theo Parrish 'Falling Up' (Carl Craig remix), comes the next vinyl release in the first chapter of Detroit Beatdown. Released as a limited 10", this EP demonstrates the housier, jazzier side to Third Ear's Detroit Beatdown project. Even so, these are kicking tracks, typical of all dance floor orientated music that comes out of Detroit, with deep grooving bass lines and great drum programming. Side-A is Amp Fiddler, using his Amp Dog Knight moniker, and Jovante working together. Amp Fiddler needs no introduction. His distinctive voice and keys keep the vibe set by Malik Alston with his own piano flourishes. Amp's wah-wah electric piano is a dope sound, and works brilliantly on this track. Jovante is a talented newcomer on the Detroit scene. Jovante adds live drum programming, live timbales, and flute. Together, Amp and Jovante give the track a grooving, carnival feel. Malik Alston contributes additional production. Side-B is Malik Pittman from 3 Chairs giving Darren Abrams' "Loose Piano" a work over. The original track on Detroit Beatdown Volume One, was many people's favourite, and this remix displays a wonderful loose piano riff, with pumping bass and glitchy percussion. The track is perfect for building the vibe and getting those first hands in the air on the dancefloor.
Review: So, who is this mysterious Afefe Iku? After absolutely destroying the dancefloors all year long with his infamous bootleg of Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place", which he smartly put out in extremely limited amounts of vinyl around the same time his mentor, Osunlade, featured his cover of that very same song on BBE's "Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads". In all honesty Afefe remains a mystery even to us. So, let us start by saying who Afefe isn't. Unfortunately, for those who thought he was Osunlade, you are mistaken, but don't feel ashamed, because Afefe creates at Osunlade´s studio in Santorini, which makes sense to pinpoint him as Osunlade. Afefe is a very quiet man. Like our lost brother, J Dilla, Afefe wants his music to do the talking. And this is exactly what we're going to do. "Body Drummin" is exactly what it is. A percussion heavy track strictly for the dancefloor, its organic, yet techy-tinged feel brings such an urgency to move your hips that we would only recommend this for playing after midnight. Of course, if you insist, be our guests.
Review: Beware. This tune is a sniper - once played on 'proper' soundsystem (e.g. Berghain Berlin or The Fabric London) "Pak Pak" show its real face. A bass groover, acid disco bouncer! "Pak Pak" comes as a one sided 10".
Review: Hole In The Sky is an independent record label based in Australia that is dedicated to releasing material that pushes the boundaries of popular music. Digging reggae, soul, rock, jazz, disco and everything psychedelic, each and every release stands alone as a unique transmission from the inner soul of the label. On this, the first release from the label, producer/drummer Fred Cherry drops some low slung discoid dub on "Busride To The Zoo" with live instruments, samplers and analogue reel to reel tape machines all colliding to create a psychedelic, percussive work-out sounding like The Stooges crossed with Liquid Liquid!
Review: "The Sad Song" is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of Fredo Viola. The choral majesty of Fredo's voice and the utterly refreshing production sound sets this EP apart as something very exciting indeed. Three different tracks open the account - the sweet electronic waves of the title track, the playful sounds of "Hogwash" and the dark demented abrasive "Ether". It's quite the debut.
Review: Domu remixes 'Take It Low', from Manchester's finest hip-hop crew, Broke 'n' English. Domu's production is always on the mark
and his diversity and deftness never fail to shine through. Once again he comes up trumps reworking the original (taken from the
'Subject2Status' album) into an out & out club monster, part grimey , part hip-hop, part broken beat. Already aired and wholeheartedly
supported by Rob Luis, Benji B & Gilles Peterson. Broke 'n' English have just finished a run of gigs supporting Mos Def, De La Soul
and Pharaoh Monch and are building for their next album.
Review: Sketch is on a roll with the highly sought after Minisketch series. A 10inch concept label with
the finest of minimalistic techno sounds. Tuane has been working hard for the past three years and
this hard work resulted in high quality releases like the single '8 Years Old' featuring Alberto Andereoni.
Review: Yin Yang World Series presents the new 10" 'Slovenia EP', with two techno tracks by Reaky. Reaky released his first track
'Fseko' in September 2005 on Omega audio recordings owned by Greek DJs Axel Karakasis and Spiros Kaloumenos.