There's been a lot of talk about Young Male and the White Material label - but is the hype justified? On the evidence of 'I Lost My E', it's clear that Young Male is highly capable of making high-quality club tracks with some unusual signatures; the driving 'Finesse' goes out of time as it closes, and 'Depraved Thoughts In Depraved Times' boasts the kind of eerie soundscapes that Silent Servant might conjure up. Whether or not Young Male and his associates deserve the attention they receive is questionable.
It's deep, reflective techno on offer this time from the consistent Echovolt label. Ignore the Reflektor's pacy rework of the title track and head instead for the sun-kissed, sublime grooves of 'WA4.Sun' and 'Da3w.U'.
This is indeed the return of Rico Tubbs, although put alongside his bass music classic ‘Gangsters’, it does seem to be going through the motions a tad. The template is the same and the constituent parts - wobbly bass, hype slippy-slidey garage beats, arcade game noises etc - are all present and correct, but it doesn't quite gel. The TJH87 revamp drops it down into a funky thang, Kepikei employs a deep burrowing bass, hardcore yelps and low-slung breaks for an understated tech-funk DJ tool, and Kraymer's turn is an undesirable trappist melee. Patchy.
After the shock of a cancer diagnosis (apparently caught very early according to doctors) revealed at the tail-end of last year, which resulted in cancelled tour dates and a delayed album release, it’s perhaps a bit of a surprise to see this single released right now. Yet another anthemic soul belter, this only bodes well for this modern day queen of soul. Prayers to you Miss Jones.