Lifted from the sonically challenging surrounds of the ‘Black Light Spiral’ long-player, ‘Drop It On the One’ and ‘Sing A Love Song’ could be the two oddest tracks you might hear over the coming months, that pay homage as much to sound design and Musique Concrete as they do dancehall or the formative jungle and hardcore background of creator Jack Dunning. Playing with loops, dark and erstwhile fx and broken patterns is the raison d’etre for Dunning now, and what a delight it is. Kinked and fu**ed all at the same time.
Pleasure Planet is Andrew Potter of Populette notoriety and Brian Hersey, turning out a girthsome-yet-understated three-tracker for the peerless Throne Of Blood. In fact, the day this Brooklyn imprint sets a foot wrong, it may usher in the end of days. It's certainly not today, anyways, as this vintage house moodiness is sterling. 'Animals' even features the spectacular Kim Ann Foxman on vocals, so what could possibly be not to like? '6AMATM' chugs in beautifully, while 'Black Shades For White Nights' mooches about as if it owns the place.
Superb rhymes from a superb new talent from LA, Gavlyn, whose rhymes betray a vulnerability and fluidity all too rare in today's age of over-compensating femme shoutiness - 'Guilty Pleasure' flows like the finest bourbon over your day, loosening those shoulders up, rolling out that stress. Sublime sax crests over perfectly tough beats, the keyboards and bass keeping things in that divine place exactly between the vertical and horizontal. Keep an eye on her, she might just make 2014 her own.
While waiting for their telegram Drumsound & Bassline Smith celebrate their turn of the century by releasing Tech 100, 'Nicaragua'. Plucking elements from their experience of the scene since the '90s, the track is a mix of underground and mainstream, which blends nicely to create a metaphor to symbolise their own personal journey to today's position in the scene. The entire EP needs to be listened to, but finale track 'Neighbourhood' is something quite special.