As a patchwork of internally comtempla- tive electronica, Leyland Kirby’s work excels with tracks called things like ‘Diminishing Emotion’ and ‘Breaks My Heart Each Time’, built expertly out of a delightfully corroded sound palette; but as a listen, it’s nothing if not fractured.
Big, synth-led number here from 19-year-old producer AWE who hails from LA and cites '80s movies, Hud Mo and Joker as influences. Yup, it’s all in there on 'Crystals' and therefore has a rather infectious nostalgia screaming out of it. And whilst it’s a bit too saccharine for my taste, it’s nothing compared to the Djemba Djemba 'Nightcore Remix', complete with weird chipmunk Japanese vocals and hyperactive drum & bass. Odd.
The Drumattics take the straight-up, noisy, wobbly breakbeat original and turn it into an electronic disco-funk piece that's got way more funk, thereby proving that you don't have to bang it and throw in the kitchen sink to rock the floor.
Featuring a duet with Kitsuné's Birkii this is a little genre defying gem that isn't dancefloor material in its original form but certainly should be on radiowaves all over the place. It's the kind of smart and well executed stuff that should be the 'pop' face of dance music. Fairmont (of Border Community and My Favorite Robot production fame) brings an almost Death In Vegas feel to proceedings with his remix, which is a very good thing indeed.