Featuring a duet with Kitsuné's Birkii this is a little genre defying gem that isn't dancefloor material in its original form but certainly should be on radiowaves all over the place. It's the kind of smart and well executed stuff that should be the 'pop' face of dance music. Fairmont (of Border Community and My Favorite Robot production fame) brings an almost Death In Vegas feel to proceedings with his remix, which is a very good thing indeed.
If there’s a producer that deserves thorough revisitation, it’s Bay Area don Rasoul. For a decade, he did no wrong for the likes of Panhandle and Grayhound and thanks to Phil Weeks’ Robsoul imprint, we have two of his finest re-released. ‘True Science’ is incessant, a trippy masterpiece which drops deep jazz at the halfway point. ‘Rights Of Passage’, as SWAT with Kwai Le Chief and Nikola Baytala, is dark and delicious, tribal house of the highest order.
While waiting for their telegram Drumsound & Bassline Smith celebrate their turn of the century by releasing Tech 100, 'Nicaragua'. Plucking elements from their experience of the scene since the '90s, the track is a mix of underground and mainstream, which blends nicely to create a metaphor to symbolise their own personal journey to today's position in the scene. The entire EP needs to be listened to, but finale track 'Neighbourhood' is something quite special.
Triple-pack EP from M.I.K.E. on his first outing for Coldharbour. Packing in some great analogue sub-riffs at its front end, 'The Motive' ups the echo on its lead and even gets a bit of electro squelch into the bargain. Carrying a hint of synthy '80s Moroder-ism in its break, 'Spacesuit' frays, distorts and FXs its lead line with equal drama. 'Mass Freedom' is the most classically M.I.K.E. of the three, with some cool melodies, no small degree of 303 and a right whacker of a payoff.