The fresh young talent of Kuo Climax has given Hot Creations a new lease of life with his latest release.
Welcome to June! It’s a month that brings the start of the Ibiza season proper, better weather everywhere and plenty of outdoor parties, terrace sessions and open air events. DJs get more playful, sounds get sunnier and people get crazier than ever, so here’s your weekly round up of the music that will and won’t work over the coming months.
Leon & Shaf Huse - Power to the People on Mother Recordings
Berlin label Mother turns out juvenile club music that is obvious and insincere. This wholly unnecessary remix of ‘Renegade Master’ is their lowest point yet. Italian pair Leon & Shaf Huse cook up some overdriven and bristling beats then chop up the by-now tedious vocal into short snippets and longer passages. It was reportedly big in Ibiza last year, but that should be an indication of exactly the sort of clubs and DJs not to check out, rather than a measure of the value of this brainless tosh.
Anthony 'Shake' Shakir - The Drummer Downstairs on Fit Sound
Detroit veteran Anthony Shakir can twist all kinds of funk out of his machines. His drum programming is rough and ready, his knowledge of the classics instils each track with a sense of timelessness and he can go as deep as anyone. He shows all those traits on this EP, which offers filter disco jams, weird drum tracks and bumping but otherworldly house across three essential pieces.
Noir - Disruptions on Noir Music
It’s hard to listen to this EP and not think of those Facebook videos that do the rounds of white boy producers (they are always white and male) sat at their computer miming all the synth chords and drum fills on their latest piece of shitty main room techno in a toe curlingly cringey way. Noir has had some success in his time (namely with the huge earworm that was ‘Around’) but these two teeth clenching, brittle techno rollercoasters are devoid of any invention and cold to the point of ennui. Avoid.
Ost & Kjex - Private Dancer on Crosstown Rebels
For a while there, Crosstown Rebels was at the forefront of the house scene. It dealt in twisted sounds for the after party; freaky beats that breathed new life into the European scene. Now it seems lost, churning out the same pseudo spiritual sounds and undercooked moods over and over. This two tracker from Ost & Kjex features a naff electro house vocal cut on one side and a prosaic bit of melodic dub techno that lacks the serious weight such a tune needs for it to work.
Kuo Climax - Nacrem on Hot Creations
Hot Creations is another label that’s had its day in the spotlight and it’s always interesting to see what happens once the world moves on. In this case, Foss and Jones have moved away from the creamy poolside house of their heyday and into more slick minimal territory. Kuo Climax is the latest to help with the rebrand and ‘Whyte’ here is the sort of hurried sci-fi bumper that could well surprise you and even make its way into the set of someone like Craig Richards. Second cut ‘Nacrem’ is another solid effort with knotted bass and icy hi hats drawing you into the groove.
Larry McGee Revolution - The Burg on Dynamite Cuts
This is a real collector’s favourite which has been hammered by the likes of Jeremy Underground and comes from an artist who released just two 7”s back in the seventies. Based in Pittsburgh—a city that has given us everyone from popstar Christina Aguilera to jazz drummer Art Blakey—he brings sunny West Coast funk and soul to the title track, with golden keys and a stoned bassline making it perfect hot weather material. The flipside is a more laidback affair with lazy drums that encourage you to sink deep into the groove.
Skee Mask - Inti on Ilian Tape
Munich label Ilian Tape have been reviving and reinventing breakbeats for a few years now, always unearthing artists who can find fascinating new life in the old form. Few are better than Skee Mask, who layers up floating drums with muggy, musty atmospheres and dreamscape pads that drift around of their own accord. The duality between the melodies and the muscular grooves is a thing of beauty that will always loosen your limbs. This elegant collection of four more terrific tracks might be the best new music this week.
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