A band made up of a Japanese ex-punk singer, Swedish hockey player-turned-guitarist and a British hip-hop fan sounds quite an intriguing prospect, and the fact their EP is on Record Makers makes for even more reason to give it a spin. 'Fire' is a kind of down-tempo late nighter and Kasper Bjorke brings out a darker and more restrained feel in his remix, which is the best of the bunch included here.
TK's next album 'Gravitas' drops in early December and this is the first leak from it. 'The Wormhole' is produced by that man Oh No again and has some great elements (esp. the fuzzed up Coup-style guitar riffs) but somehow doesn't quite hang together in any way that's satisfying. I do like the way what starts as a rap about the illuminati ends up with a far clearer political purpose, speaking of which: a memo to ALL rappers — rapping about the Illuminati might endear you to 15-year-old 4chan-addicted assholes but anyone with two or more braincells to rub together will immediately file this alongside 9-11 'truth' and other assorted dipshittery. Half-witted. Half great.
File under 'stone party starter', if you file your music in such a manner. And if you don't, well you can start with this from Cuthead, aka Robert Arnold of Dresden's Uncanny Valley crew. Your only remaining choice is which of the nine — yes nine — tracks you want to use to send things very messy indeed. Side B concentrates on Cuthead's predilection for off-centre hip-hop, but the first three options are purest house. 'Maputo Jam', 'Nautic Walking' and 'Minerals' could convince a crowd you're the second coming.
An outing on Turbo and a collaboration with Harvard Bass have gained him praise from the likes of Brodinski, Gesaffelstein and Tiga, and now Pilo from Los Angeles has signed to BNR in Berlin. A Transatlantic crossing showcases his sound, which slips in easily with BNR's forward-looking techno/house overview. The lead track takes a while to get going, but is followed by highlight of the set 'Street Related' which sounds really fresh.