Nice addition to the canon of rare groove/hip-hop inflected music that is equally suited for home listening or warm-up sets. Budgie is formidable/session man and record collector, and it shows in these ornate boogie/funk influenced instrumentals. "Full Moon" and "Clevage" are top notch soul-sample beats, a looser, more psychedelic version of the sound that brought Kanye West to massive fame. For fans of Andres, Floatin Points.
Very cool wavo-inflected release on Optimo Music. "Patience (JD Twitch Edit" moves along with a nice arpeggiated bass line and some unintelligble post punk vocals. The rigid arpeggiation and early 80s feel remains throughout, with tracks like "[Less] Merchandise]" adding to the political vibe and bringing in a bit of melody.
Island of the Gods
Cool modern disco not disco oddity from the Mountain of One man and woman who have gone off to Indonesia to trip their faces off. The title track has a pleasing exotica meets post-punk feel, not unlike Disconnection's version of Bali Hai. Amazing, hypnotic bassline. I'm not as into the dub, which has a bit of post-rock guitar but the original is more than worth it.
Sensitive indie/academic/electronic dude Nicholas Jaar decides to put out a Dj Slugo compilation. Slugo continues to do what he does best. 150 BPM tracks with titles like "From the Back" and "Work Them Jaw". You know what it is.
When people say DJ Tool, records like this is what they should be talking about. The Michigan underground vet gives you a number of almost classic beats to test your creativity. Tom-heavy grooves, all manner of house beats, a very useful record.
Straight-up dimensional rave business from the always intriguing R-Zone series. This sounds a bit like what Willie Burns recent breakbeat sample house mixed with Legowelt's new age analogisms. There is a sci-fi trance/progressive element to these tracks, just goes to show you never know what will come back around the horn.
Blackest Ever Black
The most optimistic record on Blackest Ever Black. In other words, this is a psychedelic, mostly ambient slog that occasionally employs major keys. It's a dynamic album, apparently intended to score the slight haze of walking through life with depression. Rather nuanced mix of analog/digital/acoustic, not your typical drone record. "Someone Secure" even works in some mildly funky organ chords.
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