Amiable character from the Chicago scene, Chrissy Murderbot (AKA Chrissy) swaps some of his notorious disco knowledge with production partner TZ for this EP of immediate, party-ready disco edits. Chopped-up, refixed and filtered, these four cuts span reproduced classics and some lesser-known gems. My personal highlights are a clever, rearranged version of the B52s’ ‘Good Stuff’, here disguised as ‘Lovely Stuff’ and a killer, killer wigged-out dub mix of Mike Mareen’s heartbreaking, Euro-disco essential ‘Dancing in the Dark’, here as the cryptic, “Dubbing in the Dark’.
The ‘Furious/We Are Here’ double-header for Re*Brand found the back of our net recently. A month down the line and with this release (under his ‘Presents Diversion’ tag) Solid Stone sounds like a different producer. As brooding as you like (and we do), both ‘Dustforce’ and ‘Wear & Tear’ are subterranean-deep progressive, with lots of deliciously, atmospherically frayed sounds and near-endless suck-you-in track development.
Exquisite. Really feeling anything this label stamp their names on, real grown up drum & bass. If you’re a fan of laid-back '90s hip-hop, it won’t be hard to find solace in this track. A cool, profound drum pattern that wouldn't be found too far from a mixtape of Common or Talib Kweli, but with a tiny glimmer of a flickering 170 ever so slightly tapping away in the background.
For the final instalment of the 'Plasticman Remixed' series we see three remixes taking apart Chris Read’s work under his previous contraband alias. First up Mak & Pasteman's dutty house version of ‘The Search’ employs a bouncy bassline wrapped with a brooding string melody. Wen takes on ‘Shallow Grave’ with his usual aplomb. But Kahn & Neek’s refresh of ‘The Search’ is badass! Lashing searing strings to a dope grime scaffold for maximum impact. Gunfingers essential.