OK, so this track technically dropped in last gasps of 2016, but it would be criminal not to include it. Featured as part of LuckyMe’s musical Advent Calendar, S-Type went super-sonic on ‘Grad’, with filtered chords and rock-solid beats charging towards a volcanic climax. S-Type warned us that 2017 wasn’t ready, so judging by ‘Grad’, we should probably strap ourselves in.
Both Four Tet and Midland have declared their love for this two-track LP from Auntie Flo, and it’s easy to hear why. Mystic, mesmerising and completely absorbing, ‘The Soniferous Garden’ and ‘Rainfall On Red Earth’ both clock in at well over 10 minutes, utilizing tropical drum patterns and subtle Afro-chanting to create a truly distinctive atmosphere. The LP’s authenticity owes a lot to Auntie Flo’s collaborators, having been recorded with local musicians at the Bayimba International Festival in Uganda.
V – FAUX PAS EP (Nautilus Rising)
The third release on Sub Club’s Nautilus Rising imprint comes from an anonymous producer by the name of V. His identity may be a mystery, but this EP let's the music do the talking, with three tracks which are pulsing with electricity. Sounding both energised and brooding, the video for ‘Faux Pas’ perfectly captures the track’s edginess, with performance group, Stasis, taking to the streets of Glasgow for a tense (and hypnotic) late-night routine.
Lighting the fuse on Coyu’s consistently impressive Suara imprint, Harvey McKay is back with three cuts of storming techno. Injecting some nostalgia into the title track, you can expect a ravey breakdown with old school vocal stabs and retro chords, while ‘Use Me’ and ‘Stolen Forest’ go deep and dark, with brittle beats and driving bass underpinning metallic synths stabs.
The man behind essential label and party, Million Dollar Disco, Al Kent is a master of his craft. With a seemingly endless supply of obscure records to re-edit and re-release, his productions are hot property, and his latest offering is double-sided disco delight. At over ten minutes in duration, ‘So Good’ is a seductive, slow-mo groover with smouldering female vocals, while ‘Notorious’ ups the tempo for a sparkling instrumental workout.
Glasgow grime and beat producer, Creep Woland, has dropped some absolute weapons recently, and this stripped-down war dub is set to detonate. Utilizing a bruising, sub-crushing bassline, delirious vocal cuts and razor-sharp percussion, its bouncing beats will cause chaos at the dance. Catch Creep alongside Bushido at the launch of Haiku Presents next Wednesday (8th) at La Cheetah.
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