If there's any left by the time you read this, snap up this corking little 7" from Brighton (MCs The Remarkable One & Native Son) via Hamburg (producer Merlin), featuring Exile and some tasty cutting from DJs Highfly & Tones. Noisy as fuck, like a good marble-red 7" should be.
Following releases for Boyz Noize and Chambre404, emergent French duo Glass Figure land an EP release on Gesaffelstein and The Hacker's Zone label, and tout an album release for later in the year. If the ‘States EP’ is a glimpse of what is to come, then prepare yourselves and enjoy these four tracks of cold, minimal EBM, frayed acid house, Drexciyan electro and '80s Carpenter-style homage.
Dubby, spacey stuff from the ever-essential Defenders and Prophets, 'Ferme La Bouche' is perfect for this cold weather, so damn spectral and suggestive it feel covered in stalactites, sharp rhymes from everyone concerned and a unique vibe I'm not hearing anywhere else. On the flip 'Smash & Grab' is a little more conventional, but even here you find glimmers of oddity, a strange keyboard creeping into the chorus, rap music absolutely possessed and infected by its own unique northern sense of place and space. Go get.
It's long been rumoured that if your label reaches 200 releases, you get an official telegram from Andy Weatherall and a lock of his beard hair. Only asking Freerange bossmen Jimpster and Tom Roberts might we know the truth of the matter. In the meantime, this EP is a superb distraction. Jimpster's 'Head Spin' is shuffling and tribal, while Matt Masters and Pippo Ceretti's 'Xenophilia' is all acidic. On the flip, 'MYLNY' shows Aussie Andy Hart's deft grasp of swing, while Shur-I-Kan's 'Raindance' builds and builds before bursting with warmth. Congrats to all who have sailed in her.