I'm back with my reviewing pen now. It's took a while to recover from the trauma of writing 8,000 word of bollocks about monuments, but finally I have opened up the cavernous chamber, which houses my inbox and I have begun to work through the enormous pile of promos. See below …
Echo Park - Can't Help It - Disfigured Dubz 016
Following on from the single Fiber Optic, which was a big hit at Example. Echo Park released a full long player on Skream's Disfigured Dubz label. Hailing from Los Angeles and brought up on a diet of Motown, Funk and Disco. Echo Park or Brian Gibbs, as he's called in less formal settings, brings some flavours, which you perhaps wouldn't expect from an imprint owned by dub step oligarch Skream. Although I'm a bit late posting on this one, it's a perfect piece for your summer. Listen to this album from end to end and I guarantee you will have bought a convertible, slipped on some loafers and invested in one of those 80's suits with huge shoulder pads. I've already moved to LA. My personal favourite still has to be the single Fibre Optic though. I'm far too in love with that tune for any one on the album to surpass it. Can't Help It is out now.
Stryker Matthews - Binary Shake / Batty Koda - Disfigured Dubz 018
Another release on Disfigured Dubz, which landed in my inbox a while ago, is this single by new New York based producer Stryker Matthews. This one sits nicely in with the more downtempo sounds, which have been coming up on my radar since I moved to Berlin. Elements of Garage, House, Techno and that sensitive word Bass Music make for a solid single. Despite Batty Koda having probably my favourite track title of the year so far, my favourite has to be Binary Shake. Strikingly different to the Echo Park release, but shows that Disfigured Dubz is an imprint, which defies categorisation. Looking forward to hearing more from this guy.
Fabric live - One Man
In the wake of the recent DJ controversy, sparked by the Canadian prosthetic-cartoon-mouse-head-wearer Deadmau5, a solid contradictory statement in the face of Zimmerman's opinion comes the Fabric mix series. Having now released over 60 compilations, mixed by some of the best DJ's around across all genres, Fabric's series has well and truly cemented it's position as one of the premier compilation series, but also as a testament to the craft that is DJing. The latest addition mixed by Londoner Oneman shows skills far in excess of simply pressing play. His passion for the music, which is his live, comes through solidly in his selection.
Jus Wan - Mental Physics / Daemonic - Pushing Red Digi 002
We're big fans of the Pushing Red label at Example. Their last single by Until Silence, which dropped at the start of June, was on repeat for some weeks in the Example Office. Now, label boss Heath has sent us over this tremendous single. Those sounds just make this perfect techno. Check it out and make sure you buy it.
Pennygiles, ATP and Jaybee - Truggernanna / I Remember - Emotion 009
An old friend of ours steps up with a beat to add to the Emotion back catalogue here. Pennygiles used to be our drum and bass editor and now he's off signing tunes willy-nilly and DJIng all over Europe. Things have gone a long way for this welshman. A man who keeps his production firmly at the soulful end of the spectrum, and always has done.
Various Artists - The Flavours EP - True Playaz
True Playaz most recent outing is the new EP containing various flavours. Not too in the plastic direction, which is why I've been listening to it. The EP comes at the genre from a few different angles. Personal favourite on there has to be 'coming in stealth' just for the frog like noise. Couple of good sweeping rollers in there though.
PRPLX - Fabric Of Space - TEMPOLP01 PART 1
Reminiscent of nights at Bluenoe and Speed, but with a modern touch thrown in, this long player by PRPLX has been hoovering up support from all sorts of DnB heads. Good vibes all round and it's been released on a limited edition clear vinyl, which comes with free DL codes. Definitely one to consider loading up your shelf with. Part two is dropping in september. For more info check out the website.
The XX - Angels Bodhi Bootleg
I was surprised when the XX announced their new material the other day. I had only that day been thinking that they had gone off the map somewhat. But Angels was dropped, the blogosphere went into turmoil, and now there's a load of bootlegs. This one got dropped into my inbox a couple of days ago. I like it a lot and it's a bit more music focused than the original. Check it out. . .