Kicking off the new year in style, Black Acre offers up Clap! Clap! with a four-track EP of poly-rhythms and Afro-centric missiles. Opening track, 'Elon Mentana' is a tempo-shifting, mind-boggling tune, while 'Tambacounda’s White Magic' starts off slow but detonates midway through with a collective assault of infectious Afro rhythms and huge bass weight. 'Kalauma' rounds things off with a nod to footwork. Essential music.
Feelgood party ghetto-funk cut 'No Doubt' featuring Jimi Needles kicks off this collaborative EP from the Dutty duo of Michael Rack and Alex Furley. It's followed by 'Real Thing' featuring Captain Flatcap, which is bona fide electro swing with flutes and everything - and this page loves a bit of electro swing sometimes. Rocstar bossman Cut La Roc guests on 'Keep The Crowd Hype', a fun-loving breakbeat-funker with a neat b-line and Beiderbecke horns in the background. To round off, there's a jaunty, boompty house remix of 'Get Busy' by Ettore Baiunco. Swing high, sweet chariot.
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.
Saturate Audio doing what Saturate Audio do best. Dark, sinuous, brilliantly contoured, hyper-atmospheric and ever engaging.