Inspiringly original stuff from Japanese producer Keita Sano, out of the San Francisco-Parisian axis that is Spring Theory. 'Once I Found A Diamond' is superbly wonky, a dirty synth bassline holding things down lest the wayward synths threaten to go feral. The ever-reliable Jacques Renault turns in an understated peak-time version. 'Sweet Bitter Love' is fucking brilliant, and that's perhaps the only way to properly describe it. It's an insane blend of disco and Latin calypso. 'Bouzouk' is house from the Orient. Oh, well done.
Yet another interesting, unexpected and inspired signing from the brilliant Now Again, who unveil the talents of this young, Brazilian guitarist. Featuring none other than legendary percussionist Airto Moreira (who appears here on his first album project in 10 years) you know this musically astute, dot-joining talent is clearly going to be one to watch. After all, it’s not every day your debut offering gets a stamp of approval from a bona fide legend.
Amos return to Dispatch with their latest three-track single, headed up by ‘Oxide’ which employs the talents of Dutchman Fre4knc. The track, of course, lies in the heavier realm of our beloved spectrum and has a sense of regality about it — it’s dark, twisted and takes you to completely unexpected places. A techy toolshed stepper, bringing us all sorts of grinding, pounding metallic sounds, with itchy glitches and rumbling, stomach-turning bass drops.
A clash of two Dutch hardcore legends on this one, bringing nothing less than pure fire to your speakers. Rampant beats and repetitive hip-hop hype vocals give this track incredible energy, which is offset perfectly by the pop-rock style break, which gives the dancefloors a brief moment to draw breath for the ‘stadium clap-a-long’ section of the track. Follow this up with a killer melody, and drop back to the raging kicks, and you have a mainstream hardcore hit.