Matt Masters – Different Company (Original Mix)
Mild Bang – The System Has To Fall (Original Mix)
Reclusive – Dark Blues (Original Mix)
1605 is very happy to welcome the notorious Australian, Bass Kleph, to its ranks, with his aptly titled “Riff Machine”. The original mix does exactly what it says on the package with an infectious bleepy riff over a mutating sub bassline. Adding a touch of psychotic effects wizardry and a pounding rhythm section, we find Bass Kleph flirting heavily with the nastier side of things. Mladen Tomic takes care of the first remix and offers a serious roller with frantic percussion, shuffling hats and an optimistic vibe. On the other side of the fence, we see Hertz using fragments of the original’s lead sound to build his warped mosaic of twisted bass and militant grooves. Stripping everything down to the bare necessities, this one will keep heads glued to the floor.
Bass Klephs – Riff Machine (Original Mix)
Bass Klephs – Riff Machine (Mladen Tomic Remix)
Bass Klephs – Riff Machine (Hertz Remix)
Tomcraft – Tell Mummy (Original Mix)
Tomcraft – Tell Mummy (Richard Dinsdale Remix)
My Own Nightmare opens the EP with a dirty stepping bassline, coupled with straight claps and fat shakers creating a gritty groove right form the start. Worked vocals create depth and room in the mix as quick synths reverberate through the bass. A floating lead fills the air overhead with a sense of mystery and wonder.
We move over to Slo-Mo Girl, an almost italo disco inspired piece, the down pitched vocal cuts and sporadic synth allow a driving beat to pull us into the groove.
The last track is the Fur Coat Dark After Hour Mix of Slo-Mo Girl. This version brings the bass and leaves disco at home. Darker, and heavier, it demands an audience. The under the floor bass shakes your insides, as the melodies take over your mind. A great sense of unease is created through various synth effects and vocal cuts. Percussion drives track as the bass steers through the dark essence of Slo-Mo Girl.
One Records are carving themselves out as quite the purveyors of a new-school yet backward facing house sound in 2011. Through a number of label associates old and new, the Brum imprint’s identity grows ever more defined with each release, despite the multicultural make up of their roster. This track for example comes from rising French producer Yakine, with a remix from fellow countryman Jef K (alongside Gwen Maze) and fits nicely with the clipped, raw house output of the label to date
Yakine – Last Harmony (Jef K & Gwen Maze Remix)
An Adam Beyer release on Truesoul is always a bit special. The sister label of Drumcode is known for its melodic and more laid back approach to techno, but even by the label’s groovy standards, Beyer’s latest single ‘No Rain’ is unusually emotional.
Built around a soulful male (or is that female?) vocal, the track could almost be classic New York house if it wasn’t for the deep synthesizer bleeps and nominal techno rhythms that prod the track along cautiously. The cut is probably Beyer’s most spiritual record since 2009′s Joel Mull collaboration ‘Forming Dies’. It is also his slowest offering in quite a while, clocking in at a housey 125 BPM.