He of The Grid and Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve fame, Richard Norris turns out for Brooklyn's eminent Throne of Blood, and 'Freaks' is indeed a freaky, unsettling, tom tom-heavy workout, with a bassline filthier than Jodie Marsh's Twitter account. "Freaks control the city, and I am one of the freaks" as it proclaims. Well, quite. On the flip, 'Yeah' boasts a delicious Fingers Inc bass, while Blackstrobe don Ivan Smagghe and Hardway Bros pick apart the title track. Sterling work here.
The usual mixture of naff one line emo vocal about falling in love/apart/over, slapped over a jangling, mildly ravey synth and a dash of grotty bass noises, and a few percussive bangs and whistles. But this time we have the pleasure of having the same track at three tempos — 128, 140, 174 — too kind...
The Island of Guadeloupe and Gwo Ka (the folkloric rhythm of Guadeloupe) provide the musical inspiration for this latest Sofrito version excursion. In particular Gwo Ka vocalist Esnard Boisdur, who is musically re-housed amidst the Detroit skyline, courtesy of a deep and hypnotic, slow burning 4/4-based rework at the hands of label regular Frankie Francis and Gilles Peterson cohort Simbad. Nice stuff!
Tato & Tania Vulcano's Isgud produces two raw housers here, 'Just Talk' winning out, with its rattling tambourines and an old school loop shaking out a devastating groove.