Props here for pushing the breakbeat envelope, even if the results seem pretty far-out. Pyramid and Colombo give us an avant-garde blend of lilting grunge guitar and epic female vocals, as well as a superpowered piano and string-fuelled breakdown. The first drop plumps for a noisy barrage of bass over simple drum work, but the second suddenly pulls on its funky boots and starts dancing on the ceiling. Did the production duo — one from Spain, the other from London — take one half of the tune each?
Another sought-after gem on the late Mel Cheren’s indispensable West End label gets a worthy reissue. Classic tracks from the initial wave of the disco movement.
You can precisely hear his old school influences pouring out into this EP, this is jungle with a real classy vibe. The bass is slow, intensely deep and beautifully mellowing, while the drums are crisp and stunningly vibrant against the rest of the track. Understated layers of echoing percussion and floating chords give this track an ethereal elegance which balances out a piece which would otherwise be on the heavy and dark side.
French duo Monoblok&PSLKTR are back on Meant with an EP of darkwave/goth dance tracks accompanied by a bunch of mixes from the likes of Arnaud Rebotini, My Favorite Robot and Rework. Highlights come from Blackstrobe’s Arnaud Rebotini, who works a cool, noir-ish touch into ’Walking Disaster’ and a tense disco-dub from Canadian trio, My Favorite Robot. All round good effort with strong supporting remixes and solid original productions too.