Accompanied by a suitably thrummed acoustic guitar, ‘Down’s folky vocal ponders some relationship convolution or other. So far, so down. But K&A know about production balance. What goes low must — to some degree — rise up, and with the track’s leadline, so it does. Way up! So brilliantly is it written and put across that it delivers the moment of the month. And thus the Money Shot it must be.
When not making up the numbers in Friendly Fires, Jack Savidge turns his hand to a kinky indie-disco remix for this twee, synth-pop quartet.
The current leaders of the nu school of breakbeat are producing deep, groove-led, muscular future funk full of drive and killer synthwork. Bournemouth-based Mafia Kiss deserves his position at the head of the pack, with only American producers Tony Quattro and Wuki currently rivalling him for sheer attitude. This is his first original release on the Stanton Warriors' iconic Punks imprint, and it's full of dark and dangerous cuts that sound about as far from the painful world of the Beatport "Breaks" top 10 as it's possible to get. Lead track 'It Began in Detroit' kicks off with a heady, hazy whirl of lush pads then smacks head-first into killer 808 booms and tough breakbeats. 'Do It' is a stripped-back roller with classy atmospherics and a b-line reminiscent of Dark Sky, while 'Low Enuff' combines an old school funk break with syncopated bass, tight percussion and a wicked little vocal sample. Finally, 'Move My Soul', featuring Alison Levi, is an epic vocal number to send 'em out into the night with smiles on their faces.
Always delivering fun dancefloor anthems, Da Tweekaz are back with their own take on rawstyle, but still delivering a tongue-in-cheek version with the vocal, and still incorporating very catchy, well-produced melodies. A tad darker than their usual uplifting melodic style.