MAGIC MIX

Bass Music . Grime . Jungle . Future Beats

WEEK STARTING 15 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Black Noise Remixed by Khalab.
On The Corner follow up a well received but truly out there debut record with another maverick release. Khalab's "Black Noise 2084" received bare plaudits last year for its beguiling mix of electronic and tradiitonal elements. Now the label enlist a trio of modern music pilgrims to reinterpret three of the tracks. "Chitita" is handed to Chicago's experimental dance demigod Jamal Moss, who dons his Hieroglyphic Being moniker and churns out a tribal, morse code bleep n bash symphony that's become one of his defining trademarks over a vast career. Hong Kong's Blood, Wine & Honey are new to the field, but display fresh legs and creative input as they remix "Dense" into a futurist-afro jam rich with UKF flavours and a weighty low end. Finally Afrikan Sciences aka New York's Eric Porter Douglas shows just why he's so in demand at the moment thru a tasty take of "Black Noise" which mixes his typically chaotic percussion elements around discord and harmony like no other - the ultimate juxtaposition of electric and humanoid; and a great insight into the mind of this highly experimental producer.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: On The Corner follow up their impressive debut with another brilliantly oddball curation. Three cutting edge producers drafted in to remix the wonderfully electro-esoterica of Khalab.

Macker

Faust / Isolation

Local upstart George aka Macker follows up a credible debut with another avant-dubstep catalyst. Riding a leyline somewhere between Loefah and Muslimgauze seems pretty outlandishly wayward, but when you hear the results it all seems to make sense in our darkened world.

"Faust" begins plastered onto an abrasive wall of harsh synths and discord before sinking into a modern, deep bass riddim. "Isolation" utilizes the inert blackness of an analogue mono-synth, combined with terrifying snippets from film and segues into a killer dubstep beat which results in an arresting and forward-focused addition to the bass music cannon. Nice one lad.


Techfunkers

Techfunkers The Album: Techfunk Is Where It's At (Vol 1)

Sex Mania return with another killer, under-the-radar reissue. These guys are smashing it at the moment!

DJ Duke aka Techfunkers' "Techfunkers The Album: Techfunk Is Where It's At" was originally released 1995 in three volumes and sounded reassuringly ahead of its time; melding techno, electro and a Chicago mindset. The first volume is repressed here with three breath taking tracks, stylishly constructed and effortlessly cool; it's makes just the kind of statement and impact you require when taking over the 1s and 2s...Inabit everyone else! Hard to pick a favourite, "Looking 4 Da Perfect Beat" are tougher jackers, but I can't resist the sensual bass glide of "Techfunk Revenge". Fabulous!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Another one from 1995 that's escaped my radar up until now. Not sure if I'm a) genuinly devo'd at myself for not doing enough homework or b) mega buzzed that I get a chance to play it out now. Oh the quandary!


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