The title track on the Top Drawer Digital label bossman Lucas's new EP is dark dynamic neorofunk, kinda like a Photek album track battling it out in a cave with cartoon demons. 'Sweeney Todd' features a sinister spoken word vocal sample, which could actually be a demon barber whispering in your ear as you sit in an electric chair that vibrates to a vintage Depth Charge piece. Finally, 'Scared' is gnarly breakbeat that could function equally at a late-night free party or in some of the more grimey clubs.
Sweet as fuck - the Tragic Allies hook up on a beautifully measured throb of Rhodes-laden jazz abstraction from Purpose and the results recall Premo, Diamond D & Pete Rock in all the best ways. Essential.
The ever-consistent beat cornucopia that is Dublin-based All City, occasional home to Daedelus, Machinedrum, Onra and XXXY, drop their first release for 2014 with a new non de plume for Canada’s The Cyclist. Think Mylo but on a very very good day, and you’ll get the feeling: the warm fuzzy glow of '80s house, disco and electro all wrapped up in a sleazy soul-glo box. Infectious.
Making a debut on Astro Lab previously, La Mverte embarks upon a solo journey on Her Majesty's Ship with four tracks inspired by Italo-disco, minimal- synth and coldwave. Immediate highlight is the mid-tempo, industrial-tinged title track that nods to Dopplereffekt's classic 'Infophysix', but there are other great moments to subvert your dancefloor with — the flickering acid-disco of 'Crash Course', both in original and Acid Washed remix versions.