The residents at the Jaunt parties deliver a decent, disco-fuelled deep house cut with ‘Kevins Spacey’, but this release is all about the oceanic chords and tight drums on Fred P’s reshape of ‘Morgans Freeman’.
Andrew Morrison was responsible for one of this year’s most idiosyncratic releases as Bud Ludzha and he impresses again with his Cyclist moniker. As its title suggests, ‘Flourish’ is a fluid affair, with a range of influences audible. From the vocal buried in the deep techno groove on the title track to the stepping, garage-style rhythm on ‘Breathless’ and the grungy, jacking rhythm of ‘Tape Grunge Rave’, which is shot through with ravey stabs, ‘Flourish’ offers new possibilities at every turn.
Clearly, the vocal/lyrical cup runneth over this month. On ‘The Most Important Thing’ though, it’s a dead heat for MVP between Sarah, with her breathily effective song and Ferry & Ludovic, with their exactingly pitched production.
Yes it's them, Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede. As an old obsessive with 'Luchini', maaaan I wanted this to be good. And it's... ok. Just ok. Ski Beats' production is a little deoderised for me, club-friendly without a doubt, but just a little lacking for me in low-end intrigue or anything idiosyncratically unique. Unique is what you want, what Camp Lo need to suit Sonny & Geechi's flows, which are still great, but seem hampered from finding their true natural oddity and grace by dint of the rather anodyne backing. The Outkast-style jazzy bassline provides encouragement. Ski produces the whole of the forthcoming album — I hope it's not all in this holding pattern. Understand that they needed something 'club-friendly' for their re-emergence, just wish there was more juice and less contemporaneity going on here.