Still pushing some of the best in stripped, functional techno, Ilian Tape return with 'Serum', a collection of five cuts from Skee Mask that they’re calling ‘Offroad Swinging Herbal Jams’. The snare drums on ‘Reduct Live’ are by far the standout.
Majestic stuff from Yousef's Circus Recordings, and something of a departure from the imprint's usual, club-heavy gear. Italians Mario Impellizzeri and Luigi Stupia hypnotise with 'Gelatine', a ponderous, captivating slow-burner, clamorous marimbas layered in Steve Reich style over what sound like playground field recordings twisted up and spat out. It's a truly beautiful thing. Mendo provide a further three mixes — of graduating intensity — in case the original isn't quite dancefloor-ready enough for you.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this track was made 20 years ago, and you somehow missed it while listening to your ‘Jungle Massive’ albums. Completely classic-sounding jungle drenched in ragga influence, with a wicked '90s-sounding vox.
In the wake of Spaceape’s passing, this last EP from the Hyperdub boss and his trusted lyrical wingman serves as a painfully honest but bravely head-on eulogy about his last few months alive and living with illness. Kode provides his usual uncompromising attitude towards production — uncomfortable, distorted minor keys, paranoid frequencies and toxic dystopian soundscapes — for Spaceape’s militant yet prophetic flow.