Let’s all give a warm welcome to the next generation of noisy dancefloor electro. 2nd Sun’s ‘Shimmer’ EP is the first of several super-hot releases from NYC’s Tessier-Ashpoollabel, and part of a new wave of club music that sees house, progressive, electro and UK bass all mashed together in one exhilarating concoction. The lead record ‘Neglect’ nails this fusion best of all, deceptively techno in its charms initially, before a distorted R&B vocal sample signals the arrival of a shamelessly jackin’ groove. ‘Shimmer’ offers up similar levels of wildness and heavy bass, this time with a glittery sheen of progressive melody. Funky, sexy, noisy all at the same time.
Seemingly born for loud play in a subdued and remote cavern somewhere, the two tunes contained on newcomer Nurve’s debut 12” for Pinch’s Tectonic label are guttural, deep and superbly refined. Blackened at the edges, ‘Wrong Number’ is positively scornful once it's unfurled into its techno march proper, but ‘Click Clak’ is a lot more playful rhythmically, bridging the gap between a grime-indebted producer like Mumdance and a precision outfit like Akkord quite perfectly.
Gobstopper Records boss and Boxed club night boss, Mr Mitch, drops a four-tracker of grime instrumentals, but not as we know it. Weird, off-kilter, other. Worth seeking out.
The female/male vocal dynamic rarely fails to excite, yet (production costs, we’re guessing) remains rare. That two-hander is the basis for Salbart’s latest, and aside from the title-alluding edgier lyrics and quality vocals, the production kicks plenty cool too.