Those of you who are familiar with Ekoplekz's modus operandi will know the kind of sonic pressure that will be awaiting you in any of his records. And this, a supposedly “dancefloor/ club”-orientated record is more like an opening set in a dank club in Elephant & Castle than any main room affair. Muted, dubwise, spatial and trippy with a hint of low-end theory pulse, this six-tracker is a slowly closing mandible of threshold dance music.
This sampler for V.I.M. Records' 'V.I.M.BREAKS250' compilation, celebrating a hugely impressive 250 breakbeat releases on the Greek label, sets out on solid ground with the lively and inoffensive mid-naughties-style acid tech funk of Grove's 'Spawner', a heady journey into progressive Hardfloor-style 303 territory. However, for me it's the shadowy, doom-laden stealth breakbeat of Miss Mants' 'Anonim', with its minimal breakstep drum work and deep dubby groove, that stands out.
Hailing from Tijuana, Mexico, Sébastien Vorhaus and 4004 are Soul of Hex. You may know them already from releases on Danilo Plessow's MCDE or their own Vicario Musique imprint. If you know them from neither, this is where all that changes. 'Lip Reading', thy name is house music. Pure and unadulterated. Their own original version even has the temerity to upstage two mixes (two!) by Larry Heard. Larry fucking Heard. Imagine! And his mixes alone are magnificent. Oh, and the two more from Vin Sol and Ny*Ak? Ace too. Among the best releases of the year so far.
Cool California future jungle from the Los Angeles-based badman, who samples Beats International's 'Dub Be Good to Me' and lets loose with heavy Amen breakbeats, dubwise keys and a menacing growl of a bassline.