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.
DPPLGNGRS change gear and label with this, their fourth 'Moneyshot' and their first release on Arcade Pony. Now that every chancer from Hardstyle cheese merchants to inspirationless 'House legends' have laid claim to EDM and laid bare its Heavy Metal level of subtlety, 'ecelectro' is the buzzword for 2014. And what better example of a new vision could you have than the subtle blend of garage, techno and electro that is 'Azure Protocol' and 'Billion Dollar Brain'?
More hammer and tong monochrome techno from the Ilian Tape camp is always welcome, and these three original tracks from Stenny are no exception, with the snatched snare drums of ‘Boulders’ the highlight.
Pretty much half an album's worth of material here from Spaniard Strand, who flits between varying styles on this six-track EP. It’s not the most cohesive, but there are some highlight moments that slot between some beat-led filler. In particular the Air-inspired ‘Bankstaz’ Groove’, the slo-mo horns of ‘De Sucios Desahucios’ and the party 4/4 beats of ‘Ain’t No Fun, If Bankz Can’t Have None’. Well worth having a check to cherry-pick from.