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.
The thing I’ve found most amazing about Submerse’s music this week is that he manages to make his percussion sound cluttered even though there’s absolutely nothing to it. His new EP is remarkably lush, still emotionally fragile and very carefully programmed.
The Hospital camp, including their young disciples at Med-School, have one of the most easily identifiable vibes in the game. This sound is always classy, elegant and admirably authentic and entirely non-conformist to the ebbs and flows of fashion, making them one of the most respected imprints. Keeno has already proved himself worthy of his place in the ranks, with this EP cementing him firmly. Soft and somehow upliftingly melancholy, with a profound sense of musicality. Beautiful.
Talk about a transformation; in its original format, LA-4A’s 'Invader' is a decent slice of grungy techno with some eerie Konders keys, but it reaches a new level when Alden Tyrell remixes it. Hardcore samples screech in over militaristic claps, a grainy bass stomps like a skinhead losing it after too much Scrumpy and the end result positively exudes menace. Man of the moment Matrixxman is tasked with remixing another LA-4A track, 'America Kid', but even his hypnotic, acid-soaked version can’t compare to Tyrell’s apocalyptic meltdown.