A moody techno offering from Dino Lenny’s new label that’s punctuated trancey synth swells and melancholic guitar strums, which several minutes in descends into a deeper, techier trench that steers this record in some unexpected directions. Yet another example of how the meeting of melody and deepness in underground house is yielding some unexpected creative surprises.
This dubstep monster get a rawstyle makeover courtesy of rising raw star from the Netherlands, Tartaros.
Oh man, when your ears are as old as mine the incessant diet of deodorised-noise and digi-cleanliness so much modern hip-hop production gives you can grow exhausting — see this as a nice deep bath to get properly cleansed in, Maylay Sparks and Jeru the Damaja adding a few neat verses to DJC's jazzy loops and post-hardbop abstraction. These cats can really swing.
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.