A brand new record label, KYUBU kicks off with this smart blend of tribal electro-tech that definitely qualifies for the 'eclectro' tag. Joshua Tobin and Jack Rutherford make up the duo and this is their own label, which aims to feature output from like minds alongside their own material. Barry Jamieson has touched up track by everyone from Sasha to Madonna, New Order and Depeche Mode and his stripped back more traditional dark housey version is a perfect flipside.
Y'know how Miles Davis used to lean on his keyboards and make a fantastic racket? That's the needling sound that threads itself like barbed wire throughout this spacious, spooked production from Oddissee and yr damn right he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. Great rhymes from the Diamond District trio make this way more than just a Brucie Bonus, more like a boon from the depths of hell and the heights of heaven. Love the way towards the end it all drops down to pure piano and dread. Love the way it feels like it WILL NOT STOP unhinging you. Super stoopid fresh.
Laurel Halo trumped most last year with the brilliant, long- playing 'Chance Of Rain' on Hyperdub; now she applies some of her maverick talent to Factory Floor's latest single. Remodelling the primitive pulse of the band's arcane drum machines, Halo's version reaches a giddy climax with nebulous synths and smudged dub tones. In contrast, Detroit techno hero, Carl Craig, reduces the groove to a darkened, hypnotic club tool.
Club owners: looking for something to strip the old paint job from your sound emporium? This should do it. Bellicose bass, marching drums, erupting acid (sulphuric, probably) and a scorching tempo - it's all here. Wrapped around a spoken vocal (Game of Thrones, at a guess), this falls somewhere between sinister and outright scary. Somewhere in amongst this is Steve Morley (of early semi-classic 'Reincarnations' fame) on the remix.