Not content with releasing one of this year’s best albums as Innerspace Halflife, Hakim Murphy drops a new 12” with wildly different sounds. 'Wooble' and 'Sat Feedback' are full of abstract, off-beat textures, while 'Beats of Tempura' is a woozy, leftfield groove. At the other end of the scale there’s ‘Ally’, a tough techno groove that veers into warbling synth passages and 'Melody Of', which sees beautiful melodies supported by tough claps and insistent pulses.
The title of a track by Cameroonian musician and artist Francis Bebey, who released a number of electronic excursions in the mid-'70s and early '80s (how's that for niche?), this EP from Les Points — an Italo-Swiss collaboration comprising producers Nicola Kazimir, Audino, Louh and Barbir — is simple but mind-blowingly effective. Deep, dark and jazz-sodden, both 'The Cocody Groove' and 'No Voorwerpe' ('no objects' in Afrikaans) would be enough on their own, but the title track is a glitchy masterpiece that will have you rewinding the break until you're sick of it. Were that possible, of course, which it isn't.
US producer Velez delivers a left-of-centre release for the Dutch label. From the organ-led groove of the title track through the stripped-back ‘Medusa’ and into the rambling ‘Airplanes’, this is for those who like their techno quirky and abstract.
Oooof, ouch — that pain more nagging than neuralgia or a Slush-Puppy headache ' where the fuck is that sample from? There's a piano lick in the midst of this Large Professor-produced banger that is at once so familiar and so out of reach you might waste the track trying to place it. Put it out your mind and listen though, to the way Cormega's on-point rhymes interweave with the spoken-word samples perfectly, also to the way Large Pro has that innate understanding of space and detail so lacking in so much modern hip-hop production. Superb track from an album ('Mega Professional') that's entirely LP-crafted. A great meeting of minds and music. Go get.