This thing of beauty from Jacques Bon, who runs Hamburg label Smallville Records' Paris-based operations, could melt the hard heart of even the most jaded house head. Soothing classic vibes.
It’s certainly got some weight to it. As it stomps over the dancefloor you can pick up an air of cinematic sci-fi. The bass swoops low, cutting through the dark atmosphere like a decorated scimitar. Track of the EP, though, has got to be 'Hell Rose (Villem & Mcleod Remix)'.
Having followed My Panda Shall Fly’s career (admittedly a bit closer than most) it’s the wayward, conversational aspect of 'Push', his five-track collaboration with Mau’lin, that appeals to me. There’s a looseness to the EP that I can guarantee is exactly what they were shooting for and it's certainly created five different versions of an eyes-down mode, but it’s the familiarly slanted drum work of the stuttering ‘Red’ that’s a rather unassuming highlight.
This sampler EP for Bournemouth-based producer and soundtrack musician Future Funk Squad's 'Darker Nights' remix album is proof that there is still plenty of room for invention within the breakbeat sound spectrum. Evil Nine's rerub of 'The Colony' is a deep, brooding, epic affair, like the scary soundtrack to a particularly chilling level of Resident Evil. Hyper's remix of 'Darker Days' is a ruthless Slayer guitar-stomp, while Lee Coombs and Kostas G's reworking of 'Monologue' is all White Stripes guitar, acid licks and moody strings. Kid Digital's remix of 'Rat Race' blends stabs of bass static with post-apocalyptic synths and MC Mojo's cultured vocal about the perils of 21st century existence. Most of these tracks are a little too abstract for the average dancefloor, but that shouldn't put anyone off. Searingly classy stuff.