Oh man, when your ears are as old as mine the incessant diet of deodorised-noise and digi-cleanliness so much modern hip-hop production gives you can grow exhausting — see this as a nice deep bath to get properly cleansed in, Maylay Sparks and Jeru the Damaja adding a few neat verses to DJC's jazzy loops and post-hardbop abstraction. These cats can really swing.
The fourth release on the boutique label Little Corner feels like it’s taken a bigger stride out onto the centre of the dancefloor. Two grime-influenced cuts delivered with the frenetic percussion precision of ‘Wad’-era Pearson Sound.
Colossal disco-not-disco number, pulled from The Emperor Machine’s 2014 album ‘Like A Machine’, sees an additional disco-tech makeover from NY’s Jacques Renault. ‘Pop the Lid’, perhaps in reference to Loose Joints’ no-wave classic, ‘Pop Your Funk’, is a superb, white-boy funk jam loaded with spiky guitar licks and a bassline loaded with punk attitude. It's the kind of tune that would have sat comfortably amongst the catalogues of 99 or Y records, as much as it does here. Ace.
If rough and raw is your thing, you’re going to be happy with the latest offering from this duo. With an underlying political vibe, the beats on this track are as tough and rebellious as the message. Raw kicks carry this track through the mid intro, before the aggressive vocal leads us to a familiar, end-of-world style operatic vocal chant, before the chaos continues. Clearly one for the connoisseur of the harder end of the dance music scale, but certainly a winner if you can handle your beats brutal.