So the whole original Chicago footwork scene, that blew up on the back of Planet Mu’s crusade, was a bit of disappointment musically but the dancing was out of this world. Now a whole heap of producers, with broader palettes, have jumped on board the wagon things are starting to get more interesting and the latest mutation is Dream Continuum’s fusion of footwork and 90’s drum and bass which is set to smash up the dance in 2012, check ‘Side Set It’ that opens the show and get your rave on. Around this time every year the J Dilla tributes to commemorate his passing start, thus prompted, I thought I’d give you his classic take on ‘Think Twice’ which led nicely into some Propaground action with Gusby’s deep soul groover, ‘Analogik Love Pt II’. Jeb Loy Nichols then provided some ‘Countrymusicdisco’ in fine blue eyed soulful style, look out for his new album dropping anytime now on Decca.
As mentioned recently the new Blundetto album is sounding great start to finish, so just to prove we’re not lying we thought we’d drop you another little taster, this time Ethio jazz style with the excellent Akale Horns in full effect. Afrobuddha with the aid of the Kakatsitsi Drummers then provided some hyper real Afro House Sounds before Dancing Turtle’s new signing Elpoep provided some deep hypnotic beats from their excellent new release. DVA then dropped the future soul from his new album on Hyperdub which funnily sounds largely like vintage broken beat with a slightly poorer choice of vocalists and obviously is none the worse for it.
Whilst I’m at easy comparisons the new Gang Colours album is sounding like a slightly less melancholic James Blake, you probably don’t need much more encouragement than that to check him out. There is a nice Slugabed EP floating about at the moment with some cheeky tunes on. It was a tossup which one to drop but we opted for the soulful strains of ‘Rockin U’ featuring the one and only Leon Ware. Deep Medi new boy Dark Tantrums then provided some deep, simple but atmospheric dub step flavours before NonGenetic & Cooptrol showed that dubstep is a perfect riddim for some lyrical expression, if only more beat producers thought that way. Uptempo beats then led the show to its conclusion with some great bassline action from Dark Sky and then Magic Wire’s, Neon Jung who really gave the sub woofers a good testing.
Dream Continuum – Side Set It (Planet Mu promo)
Jay Dee – Think Twice (BBE)
Gusby – Analogik Love Pt II (Propaground promo)
Jeb Loy Nichols – Countrymusicdisco45 (Decca promo)
Blundetto with Akale Horns – Crowded Places (Heavenly Sweetness promo)
Afrobuddha Meets Kakatsitsi Drummers – Obame, Radio Mix (Round In Motion)
Elpoep – Feed Your Love (Dancing Turtle promo)
DVA – Eye Know feat Natalie Maddix (Hyperdub)
Gang Colours – I Don’t Want You Calling (Brownswood promo)
Slugabed – Rocking U feat Leon Ware (White)
Dark Tantrums – Unborn (Deep Medi promo)
NonGenetic & Cooptrol – Revolution (Spezialmaterial Records)
Dark Sky – Technology (Black Acre promo)
Neon Jung – Delirium Tremens (Magic Wire promo)