Following in the footsteps of beats that have come before, here is the next magnificent weekly selection from Skrufix!! Skrulection 3 starts with one hell of a release. Underground Resistance are nothing short of Techno Gods and here we see the first release on their label in a number of years (previously only available on 12) and from one of their own, Mark Flash. As ever, the man has done well! In true UR style, this is an epically crafted and melodically mastered Techno Funk trip, that delivers a large dose of heartfelt energy that is only alien to most of the formulated nonsense we hear today! Words just can’t describe it, so we’ll leave it there. Looking forward to more to come from the UR crowd!
Doc Daneeka’s Ten Thousand Yen label, release more off-centre House/Bass Music, this time from the big talent of Mickey Pearce. Can’t get enough of this release, it is like a carnival going off in my brain, waiting for the drop and when it hits it fits! Great great label, always delivering the goods.
Speaking of good labels and one that may so far have been unnoticed, the Canadian King Deluxe label. Following a string of fine releases, including the brilliant warm R&B delight from Evy Jane, here is another debut release, this time from Dutch producer Julien Mier. A nicely release it is too, with a stuttery, cut-up IDM, nu-beat sound and at times beautiful vocal parts, drawing upon clear influences of jazz styles and organic sounds.
Cuba meets Dubstep with the next track, coming from Mala on Giles Petereson’s Brownswood Recordings, or at least that is what it looks like on the tin! GP and Mala travelled to Cuba to record and collaborate with local musicians, resulting in more of a Erik Truffazz jazz skit than anything of Dubstep styles. All good though and there is a definite sub-bass haunting throughout, nicely moulded with the polyrhythms of the Cuban beats, quality stuff for sure!
A fine debut on the great Luckyme label, coming from Austrian producer Cid Rim and what an introduction this album is! Harmonically beautifully, crunchy rhythms and broken goodness!
From the new to the old, well in terms of production anyway and it is the now well-established production talent of Julio Bashmore! Not one, but two tracks on the list! The first a dreamy remix of ZZT’s ZZafrika’s on this mammoth Turbo Recordings compilation and then another remix, this time a cleverly sliced up rework of Bobby Womack’s ‘Love is Gonna Lift You Up’.
Not always one for Boys Noize nowadays, but this thumping remix by MMM of their XTC track can’t be missed and then some deep dark Electro vibes from Doshy on the sublime Amsterdam based Lowriders label!!
In fitting with a desire to keep things a bit different and show we are not just ones for the typical four to the floor, next is a track from Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja. The title track was used in the Olympic Ceremony, the name of 2nd track will amuse the more childish among us, but the third is the one for us. Manically energetic and uplifting track, taken from his Solla Solla album!
Bringing it down a notch for the final track and a lovely release from one to watch, producer Sei A. Great remix from Axel Boman to finish it off nicely, but it is the deep pensive title track that got in the Skrulection and a nice finish to another impressive week of releases!!