It’s unlikely that the latest release from Jeremiah R will crossover to mainstream DJs, but it does suceed in refining the kind of esoteric electro sound explored by E.R.P. and Gosub. 'Exile' is closest in sound to Gerard Hanson’s E.R.P. project, with staccato drums and subtle percussive flourishes underpinning synths so eerie and haunting they could be coming from beyond. 'Illuminated Process' and 'Infinite Skies' are more menacing, as rippling basslines and reverberating claps provide the basis for melodies that pirouette into infinity. However, it is clear that Jeremiah is most comfortable focusing on dreamy electro, as the lush 'Interdimensional Beings' demonstrates.
Starting life as grungy rave-up in a south London club, Seb Wildblood and his Church-going buddies have been doing well maintaining their musical reputation. And it’s only going to get stronger with this subtle, yet sublime EP of nuevo house riddims. It’s all about the soulful groove of the title track for me though, with its superbly restrained but ultimately groovy ethos.
Thirty-one years on and Italo-disco/minimal synth trio, N.O.I.A, reissue an early classic from '83, ‘The Rule to Survive’, equipped with new remixes from the likes of Daniele Baldelli, Kirk Degiorgio, Prins Thomas and The Orb. All the new mixes take the noirish character to new realms — Degiorgio shifting the arpeggios to a retro-futuristic homage to Detroit techno and Baldelli summoning the heady spirit of his Cosmic club — but the previously unreleased instrumental/dub versions are the ones to treasure.
Returning with a huge 21-track compilation that features people like The Range, Pixelord, devonwho, Natasha Kmeto, Free the Robots and DJAO, the Dropping Gems label are proving they’ve got as many links as they’ve got talent. The quality does waiver though.