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Kill Me For the Thrill - Bastian Salbart - High Contrast

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.

Shimmer EP - 2nd Sun - Tessier-Ashpool Recordings

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.

The Music Ain't Over - SP23 - SP23

There must be something in the water this month. Here's yet another journey back to the classic rave era, and this time in the company of SP23, who were fellow travellers with the mighty Spiral Tribe back in the days of Castlemorton, the Criminal Justice Bill et al. Titled simply 'SP23', featuring a vocal about the same and released on ... yes, you guessed it ... SP23 Records, this one reminds me of MC Rhymes-era 808 State with its urgent and unashamed white-boy rapper retro-chic. The drums flit fitfully between breakbeat and 4/4 while stabs of vocal and effects clearly designed to form a symbiotic relationship with the chemicals coursing through one's system fire energetically through the mix. Close your eyes and you can just imagine being lost somewhere in a field in Hampshire surrounded by incredibly friendly blokes wearing their dads' high-vis dayglo jackets. 

Wrong Number - Nurve - Tectonic

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.