Pleasure Planet is Andrew Potter of Populette notoriety and Brian Hersey, turning out a girthsome-yet-understated three-tracker for the peerless Throne Of Blood. In fact, the day this Brooklyn imprint sets a foot wrong, it may usher in the end of days. It's certainly not today, anyways, as this vintage house moodiness is sterling. 'Animals' even features the spectacular Kim Ann Foxman on vocals, so what could possibly be not to like? '6AMATM' chugs in beautifully, while 'Black Shades For White Nights' mooches about as if it owns the place.
Nottingham resident Timbah’s newest EP ‘Flow Poke’ is a little bit naïve, but it’s that very wide-eyed experimentalism that marks him out as one to watch. There’s a lot going on across the tracks, with Timbah attacking numerous abrasive beat styles with vigour, but Murlo’s remix feels like it’s a country mile ahead of the original material, with the London producer’s unique command of rhythmic switch-ups and melody proving to be consistently impressive.
House of French disco and electro release a beginning-of-year primer featuring new music from Pyramid, Horixon feat Robert Owens and Techniques. The superb Kiwi remix of the Robert Owens vocal 'Lifeline' is the EP's highlight.
Hardcore legend Lennie De Ice and Kool FM's Madd-Inc come together with a couple of vintage ragga chatterers - Papa Levi and Daddy Colonel - for a dubwise juddering growly bashy original that contains all the elements to make it ripe for some Sub Slayers mainstays to overhaul. Liondub turns it 175bpm jump-up jungle, while King Yoof takes it into the realms of 140bpm future jungle with his trademark steely beats and reggae stylings. Leading d&b figure DJ Rap, no less, turns in a slightly out-of-sorts electro-dubstep revamp, and Madd-Inc himself ruffs it up into deebee too. Killah!