Heaviness from Pierre Codarin on Huxley and Jimmy Posters' Saints & Sonnets. 'First Date' — arguably not first date music — is superbly weird, while 'Trauma' lets loose an angular groove.
What's so thrilling about the rise of High Focus is both how aware they are of hip-hop history but also how irreverent they are to any perceived limitations behind the form, just how fully they explore all the possibilities still inherent in the hip-hop blueprint. Love the sound of 'Incoming', a spectral, suggestive, almost haunted set of hypnotic loops over a droning one-note bass and exquisitely measured beats, JB dropping lines that increase in intrigue all the way to the inevitable rewind you have to pull at the end. Superb production from Chemo aka Telemachus (and my god, his new album's a doozie too) throughout the new JB opus 'So We Ate Them Whole'. Get it in your life now.
'90s dub-disco/house gem (that originally saw a limited release on Billy Nasty’s Zoom Records) gets a reissue via the Optimo boys who’ve, over the years, marked these two tracks as firm favourites at their Optimo nights in the Sub Club, Glasgow. Reel Houze was the production pseudonym of DJs Rob Mello and Dominic ‘DJ D’ Dawson, who employed the percussion skills of DJ Harvey (on a toilet seat, so goes the legend) for ‘The Chance’ — a deliriously cosmic, dub-disco jam based around Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang’. Backed with the wild mixing tool ‘No Difference’ (originally released at a similar time), this nostalgic trip takes you far beyond the outer limits…
Back for her second outing on the Shogun sister imprint, Liz-E leads with a homage to the old school. The low end is weighty with a damaging tone and a pattern that brings the track to the here and now. Classic Amen breaks fill the space, with a euphoric vocal sample thrown in for good measure. The nineties were the raving years, where the party music was peaking, so it’s not hard to see why this sound is making an almighty comeback.