A band made up of a Japanese ex-punk singer, Swedish hockey player-turned-guitarist and a British hip-hop fan sounds quite an intriguing prospect, and the fact their EP is on Record Makers makes for even more reason to give it a spin. 'Fire' is a kind of down-tempo late nighter and Kasper Bjorke brings out a darker and more restrained feel in his remix, which is the best of the bunch included here.
A track with an itchy, fidgety quality which slips into the moody, minimal bracket. On only their 9th release Terabyte show they're ready to compete with the big boys.
'Stupid Poignant Shit' is the album Lee Scott is about to drop (following his excellent collaboration with Bill Shakes 'Grumpy Underground Comeback Shit'), and 'Sunshine' provides not only a great preview but also a fond, scabrous farewell to the season gone and the darkness coming. Magnificent miserablism on the mic but it's Ill's production that draws you back again and again to this, each element (bass, beats, very little else) gaining cumulative power precisely from what he DOESN'T do to them. Maximal minimalism at its finest.
PJU have been around for a few years now, had loads of releases on Kitsune and have never put a foot wrong with their output. Each one is a dead cert floor filler and has a hook that reminds you of something that you just can't place, and that's a great trick to know how to use so well. Yet they never really seem to get the recognition they deserve. Let's see if 'Fairlight' can do something to change that.