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Rikki Rocket 100 Sampler - Various - TIP Records

Incredibly perhaps, these four tracks come from the TIP universe’s hundredth album release. The sampler sports four numbers, with Rikki & Martian Arts’ own ‘Wave’, Duotekk’s ‘Zlow’, ‘One Time’ from Born Sleepy and possibly most gratifyingly ‘Into the Vortex’ from the back-on-board Man With No Name. Looking for psy FX excess? Keep walking. On the other hand, for dark, fabulously sculpted trance with Goan spice…

Calla - Blocks & Escher - Narratives Music

This track is minimal, intensely so. The beats are boxy and sound as though they have been recorded while trying out different sounds from the kitchen cupboard. As the track progresses a strong atmospheric vibe is built, moving into a spiritual realm with euphoric chanting and soft pads.

Raise Your Hands Up - Dj eM - Subground Records

Solid club track from ACTI’s Subground label, stripping things back to only the bare essentials, with a catchy "raise your hands in the air" vocal loop and a simple main hoover, dropping with side chain action.

Not Afraid - Betsie Larkin & Andy Moor - AVA Recordings

Last year this pair’s ‘Love Again’ visibly hit a chord (or several), to such a degree that they’re back for round two with ‘Not Afraid’. The infinitesimal balance between a vocalist and producer’s style, tone and approach falls elegantly and perfectly into step on Betsie & Andy’s sophomore effort. Holding absolute sway over the track’s midrange (long Andy’s particular forte), Betsie’s smoulder catalyses his sonics superbly.