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Showing posts from November, 2016

Kian T - The White Tapes EP (Secret Reels)

Italian producer Kian T follows up on his well-received Space Tapes record that saw the light of day earlier this year on Big Bait with a new missive on Secret Reels. He kicks off proceedings with ' Flughafen', a track that instantly brings MCDE's Raw Cuts series to mind with its big stuttering drums, sharp claps, shuffling hats and cut-up soul vocals. This is the kind of gear that screams for a sweaty basement with a crowd that is ready to throw down properly. 'Deepah', also on the A, largely builds on those same elements but takes things down a notch or two, and wonky synth lines (think Max Graef in his early Box Aus Holz Days) add warmth and depth to the dusty chugfest Andrea Pedra squeezed out of his sampler here.

Flip over for a remix of Flughafen by Daniel Leseman, who adds some Fouk magic to the track and turns in a rendition that's aimed directly at the hips. You can spot Daniel's trademark drums and key wizardry from a mile away and it's easy …

Matthias Reiling & Hauke Freer - XK02

Session Victim's recording and DJing schedules are so hectic the two old friends rarely find time to work on solo projects. It's obvious though they both had a ball putting together the second release on their XK imprint (a reference to the Kreuz-Koln, where Oye Records - who are involved with the release - opened up a second shop a few years ago).

Matthias handles the A-side with a double serving: 'Hand of Hope' and 'Melodioso'. The former is the kind of shuffling, moody gear that Session Victim does so well, with some outstanding synth-lines to add some gravitas to the swinging hats and rubbery groove, while the latter rides a more laissez-faire vibe with crisp drums and clever, understated sampling. Both tracks are exceptionally tasty, have a listen to some snips below.

Hauke Freer is on B-side duties, taking Lenny Williams' percussive disco-meets-rockguitar stomper 'I Still Reach Out for You' to the scalpel to great effect. You might recognize …

Dorsi Plantar - Perfectly Normal Behaviour EP (Kyoku)

Kyoku Records is a young wax label set up by two strapping young Australian blokes. They've got impeccable taste in music as indicated by their artist choice for their maiden voyage back in June, Ethyene of Moonrise Hill Material fame (one of our favourite labels at the moment, they can do no wrong). The Ozzy label bosses have also chosen to use origami-themed label art for the releases as well, complete with label inners that display step-by-step instructions to make origami birds. Pretty top idea to make a face stand out in a crowd wethink, nay?

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago - and voila! Kyoku number two hits the shops - the 'Perfectly Normal Behaviour EP', a right corker of a record by Danish dynamite producer Dorsi Plantar, (aka Rune Weise Kofoed to his mom) with a remix by another member of the Danish dynamite team, none less than Paxton Fettel. The EP kicks off in the deep end of things with 'Tender', a lovely off kilter breakbeat-inspired house cut …