The High Focus rampage cannot be stopped. One of my personal faves from Flip's brilliant 'Polyhmnia' set, the wonder of 'Jeheez' doesn't rest on Molotov attempting to do everything with the sound, just picking those elements that work, that unsettle you a little, that have you leaning in to hear more clearly, and then setting them off together like some kind of bewitching permanent-motion machine. You stare and stare, you can pull out the individual components but it still seems to glide with a magic life all its own. Flip's customarily absorbing vocals help massively too. Find this, enjoy it, then wind yourself back and get the album. One of the UK's most majorly underrated talents.
I’ve always wondered what it was that Steve Braiden would pick to properly represent and invest in releasing on his own label, that wasn’t his own productions. I never felt that knowing his taste through his radio show was really enough to go on, and Slewis’ two-tracker proves me right, the sort of industrial-heavy stomper I only half had him pegged for. Insistent pounding kick-drums jaggedly set off with grainy chord pulsations.
A thing of beauty from the man like Troxler, unleashed on Tuskegee Music, his endeavour with the Martinez Brothers which dubs itself a 'label of cultural heritage'. Grand ambitions indeed, but to be fair, this really is very good indeed. 'CZ' is a hypnotic, vibe-heavy groove, buzzing with tension. A track to lose yourself in. Over, there's 'Junkyard Tool', equally as substantial, with fuzzy piano stabs and a distant diva, hinting at nostalgia but in a most classy fashion. This is the way to do classic house, not just slapping the Robin S organ on everything and thinking you're clever.
Aussie duo JPS & Hooves send down a glitchy throbathon of a track, all rising fx, weirded-up percussion and snatches of half-heard vocal over straight-cut mid-tempo beats. A classy future festival favourite.