Patrice Scott's Sistrum ventures down a darker, more tracky route than usual with Johannes Volk's 'Steam' and the gurgling 303s of 'Future Acid Test' from the mysterious Shariff Anderson. However, fans of Scott's deep sound need not fear as his 'Quasar' track as Modular One is up there with Sistrum's finest.
Laurel Halo trumped most last year with the brilliant, long- playing 'Chance Of Rain' on Hyperdub; now she applies some of her maverick talent to Factory Floor's latest single. Remodelling the primitive pulse of the band's arcane drum machines, Halo's version reaches a giddy climax with nebulous synths and smudged dub tones. In contrast, Detroit techno hero, Carl Craig, reduces the groove to a darkened, hypnotic club tool.
The ghetto funk original is spiced up by General Narco, who orders plenty of hyper-kinetic beats and sends a bad-ass b-line out to battle with the feelgood vocals of Kymberley Kennedy. This General is set to be a major force in beats, bass and breaks.
In a weird way ‘If Loving U Is Wrong...’ is exactly the type of thing you’d expect from an artist who’s gearing up for an album release: it ably shows a diversity from his previous material, whilst cementing a very certain production sheen that he’s made his own. ‘Ayyo Tricknology’ is again wantonly different, even from the A-side, asking a few not-so-subtle questions of the direction of that forthcoming long-player.