Radiokillaz really have become the royalty of the 140bpm jungle sound over the past couple of years, though you have to wonder quite where their material sits in DJ sets now that more mainstream acts such as Special Request and Benton have decided that 127-130bpm is the tempo to drop your Amens at. It would be a shame if the London duo's latest EP failed to get the commercial attention it deserves because both these tracks have rugged ravey urban insouciance in spades. 'Sub Bass System' is all epic orchestral stabs, deep sub-bass and "Yeah! Woo" drum breaks, while 'Forward' fires up dubwise keys, heavily-delayed reggae vox and grimy noisenik bass. Drop the tempo just a little bit and these boys could easily find themselves the toast of latte-sipping hipsters in three quarter-length trousers and silly beards everywhere.
Yes, yes we know, but for the purposes of this particular page we are not focusing on the title track, it’s the b-side ‘Tomorrow’ (feat Raheem DeVaughn) that we’re most interested in. There’s nothing complicated about it, nothing clever, nothing groundbreaking either for that matter. It’s just a beautiful, uplifting track moored around a simple piano hook, slo-mo hip-hop beats and DeVaughn’s super-soulful, spirited vocal.
Great Dane Rune Reilly Kölsch turns it out for Kompakt Extra's Speicher strand, presenting 'Speicher 79'. And it's towering stuff, both tracks a variation on a theme to some extent. 'Papageno' is a mind-bending, shape-shifting, big room anthem. Building to a psych-techno crescendo, he introduces soul-soothing pianos after the swelling madness, before luring you back into the labyrinth. Over, 'Cassiopeia' also features pianos, but more the hands-in-the-air type. It will be the soundtrack for countless dancefloor 'moments' this summer, and deservedly so. Bravo!
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