With his phone-tapping days safely behind him, Robin Rimbaud keeps exploring implicitly intimate paths in abstract post-techno, as on this EP for this nascent Florida label. The title track's blend of whispery rhythms, percussive tones and ominous, buzzy effects bounces nicely against the sensual ambient tech of the flipside's "Bette" and the elastic, dubby meanderings of "Lambertia." Quality stuff. Read more »
You can't go wrong with cuts about butts! Dancehall/garage fusion label Aim delivers it righteously rough on this 12", presenting a searing 4/4 mix that maxes out the bass, slices up the vocal and skitters the snares for ultimate excitement. Three more mixes-a saucy Bashment vox lick, a stripped-down dub and a "Girly" version-ensure the most for your money. Read more »
Wow. There seems to be no end to buried Jamaican treasures. This latest "discovery" from Pressure Sounds is a nicely put-together selection of hard-to-find dub sides from Joe Gibbs's early productions. The 18 tracks on No Bones feature some of Jamaica's best session talent, including guitarist Fully Fullwood, riddim twins Sly and Robbie, drummer Horsemouth Wallace, guitarists Tony Chin and Bingy Bunny, and The Skatalites' sax man Tommy McCook, with Gibbs adding his trademark forcefield sound effects and studio cohort Errol Thompson's brilliant engineering. Read more »
Vikter Duplaix is one of those guys who has no problem attracting the ladies. A self-admitted "playboy type of guy" who maintains a positive, yet sensitive, outlook on life, Duplaix lays all of his emotions out on the table-think a modern-day Barry White with a much higher voice á la Prince-in his solo debut album International Affairs. Epitomizing the term "buttery smooth," the Philly-bred producer/vocalist/DJ (he's worked with King Britt, Jazzanova, Erykah Badu and many others) has crafted an album that just drips of sex. Read more »
Two snarky, futurist jump-up tracks from Oxford upstart Baron. "Meet the Creeper" pounds like a meat cleaver, with sassy hi-hats and cartoon noises that keep the insistent beat from becoming dull. Acid rave bleeps and bloops take center stage in "Hell Billy," which sounds like an out-of-control Atari game. Mentalist fast-forward breaks for the old-skool speaker-freaker in you. Read more »
Upon initial listens, the Italian duo Gabin's eponymous debut comes off like an Italian assimilation of French live-jazz/Latin-house group St. Germain, with a bit of the sprightly Parisian music of the '40s (think the Amelie soundtrack) thrown in. And for the first half, that assessment rings true. Read more »
True, everybody and their Jamaican great-aunt has a dub album nowadays. But no matter how fiery your blood, you can't front on Guidance's ability to select cuts that progress more like an expert DJ set than just a bunch of licensed tracks. Read more »
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