Sturdy psy-tech here from Huddersfield-based producer Mark Holbrook. Lead track 'Lucy in the Sky' (thankfully not in any way a Beatles cover) samples some wigged-out American nutters going on about connections to the divine while Holbrook smashes out massive synth chords with one hand and waves his lighter furiously in the air with the other. Support tracks 'Hallucinations', 'Sonic Overload' and 'Beside Me' all follow a similar psy-trance-influenced path, with Holbrook showing off an impressive knack for euphoric keyboard work and weirdy-beardy samples, should you like that sort of thing.
A release with two distinct and different pressure points, Fantastic Mr Fox preludes his forthcoming 2015 album with ‘You Turn;’ a collaboration with vocalist, Kid A, that’s built squarely around her vocal and a clap-happy grime drum pattern. Keeping his hard low-end tight on the original, FMF anchors the searing vocal neatly whilst Visionist surgically picks apart the pixels, hooking onto a bass riff and adding a ghostly percussive gallop on his remix.
Lorca's second outing on Breach's Naked Naked, and the second Naked Naked release reviewed on this page. Loving your work, chaps. Sam Cassman is on blazing form here. 'Calcutec' sounds simple enough, but half the joy of this synth-loaded, shuffling monster is peeling back the layers. They are many. Similarly, 'Ndlamu' is ostensibly a clattering glut of African-influenced drums and a bassline. But though the palette seems limited, creating something as captivating as this is a feat. It's devastating.
Under the production guidance of Dave ‘Joey Negro’ Lee, his boogie/disco troupe, The Sunburst Band, front the next Z Records release. The first release of 2014 for the London-based band sees new versions of previous, soulful faves, ‘Trust Me’ and ‘Only Time Will Tell’ get new production twists from veteran hip-hop to house DJ, Spinna, and house head Ross Couch. Spinna’s remixes steal the show, produced in a style that nods to vintage Trax and DJ International, with their aptly named ‘Nostalgic Dub’ and ‘Nostalgic Vocal’ versions.