Two insurgent 160bpm rib rattlers dominate the new EP from super Finnish label Signal Life boss Desto. His 'D.I.L.L.G.A.S. VIP' is pure ghetto swagger, but the real joint is ‘Pulse Cathedral’. His influences — Mala, DJ Spinn, Dilla — all spill through the speakers. Urgent booty shake shizzle, with gentle ethereal touches.
German pair Sebastian and Volker — aka Raumakustik — pitch up for Jamie Jones' Hot Creations diffusion label Hot Trax. 'Raider' is a low-slung, vibe-heavy stunner, so languid and lazy, it's like it doesn't really give a shit. But it obviously does really. There are rave cowbells, pulsing synths going all out of kilter and then slotting satisfyingly back in. On the flip, label bossman Jamie Jones earns it, with distant congas, and a bassline low enough to cause significant structural damage, so perhaps instruct a surveyor before purchase.
What's not to love here — French luminary Etienne De Crecy's late night electro anthem 'You' picked apart and re-tooled with extra pianos by the one and only Todd The God. Solid.
NIBC's brilliantly stabby 'Love Lesson' gets further lessons in love from Ian Pooley, Hans Berg and Tuff City Kids (Gerd Janson and Lauer). The latter is quite superb.