Colossal disco-not-disco number, pulled from The Emperor Machine’s 2014 album ‘Like A Machine’, sees an additional disco-tech makeover from NY’s Jacques Renault. ‘Pop the Lid’, perhaps in reference to Loose Joints’ no-wave classic, ‘Pop Your Funk’, is a superb, white-boy funk jam loaded with spiky guitar licks and a bassline loaded with punk attitude. It's the kind of tune that would have sat comfortably amongst the catalogues of 99 or Y records, as much as it does here. Ace.
Release number five from Seth Troxler's Play It, Say It label comes from Berkson & What (Dan Berkson and James What), joined by JoJo De Freq on the vocal duties. It's a thing of delicate beauty — all skittering percussion, De Freq's otherworldly vocals and gentle chords, pinned down by an undulating b-line and a twinge of acid. On the remix? Well, since you ask, it's Classic's very own Luke Solomon, who proffers a heads-down pumper, and some fella called Mr Fingers, who turns in two entirely delicious, classically accomplished mixes. He'll go far.
The word ‘anthem’ gets bounced about a lot these days, especially in hardstyle, but it's rare that a track comes along that is not an anthem for an event but is an instant anthem by the classic definition. This is one of those rare gems. The sentiment of the track is awesome, playing on people's nostalgia that things were better “back in the days” with a hands up, clap along break, then picking up the pace to remind people “back in the days” has gone, and it’s all about the here and now, before delivering a killer techy drop! A simple track that will have seas of ravers clapping along at festivals for years to come, no doubt.
What's so thrilling about the rise of High Focus is both how aware they are of hip-hop history but also how irreverent they are to any perceived limitations behind the form, just how fully they explore all the possibilities still inherent in the hip-hop blueprint. Love the sound of 'Incoming', a spectral, suggestive, almost haunted set of hypnotic loops over a droning one-note bass and exquisitely measured beats, JB dropping lines that increase in intrigue all the way to the inevitable rewind you have to pull at the end. Superb production from Chemo aka Telemachus (and my god, his new album's a doozie too) throughout the new JB opus 'So We Ate Them Whole'. Get it in your life now.