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Banoffee Pies continue their totally unrelenting attack on our record shelves and boxes as they roll out another weekly steamer! How Du creates 'deep garage with a minimal spin and a broken beat format' and across nine (yes 9!) tracks we're treated to a full showcase of his skills.

What immediately jumps out at you, listening to the LP, is How Du's beat programming skills - up there with the crème of hip-hop as he tends to his MPC with meticulous efficiency. Next you'll probably clock his expert sound design - tearing atmospheres out of white noise and creating moods and colour through reversed samples and mangled patches. "Testing" finds the producer perfectly in tune with the dancefloor as beautifully compressed kicks n snares permeate through a truly dreamy garage hue; tailor made for loosing yourself in Summer heat and day-long dances. There's something special afoot here folks - subtle, textured, highly detailed sonic pictures from a visionary artist working with just the right tools. Nothing superfluous, every sound sympathetic, balanced and composed. Another release in this week that demonstrates that holiday season has truly landed across the dance music multiverse. Yippeee! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Yes boys! BP really come into flower during the Summer months. Their languid but totally engrossing aesthetic is perfect for melting into your surroundings as a powerful speaker stack throbs away in the distance.

Banoffee Pies' Otaku venture continues in earnest with Swedish born Vilhelm ushering forth the new release- "Mermaid Porn".

A five tracker starting with the swirling aquatics of title track “Mermaid Porn”; full of bubbling effects that aptly recalls the Mood Hut collective. This rolls out into the A2, entitled “Kirchner” which sees exotic melodies meet a dub aesthetic and electronic propulsion for an amalgamation of rich stylings that's sure to please! Standing to attention in the spaceship's cafeteria, the A side comes to a close with “Always In Costume”.

The B side opens with “Saturday Bossa” - drums inspired by the Brazilian music wave of Bossa Jazz with a slight twist. The B2. track, “Skopje” blends off beat percussions with a cutting snare and a more electronic 4/4 direction. As usual, champion stuff from the Bristol massive.


The Walls Of Love

Walls Of Love

Another new series from one of the most prolific of southern-based house camps, Banoffee Pies Records. The new imprint for miscellaneous sounds BPMISC01 airing the newly A&R'd band, The Walls Of Love with their self titled 10" EP. "Walls Of Love" channels that post-punk, disco-not-disco spirit beautifully, nodding to pioneers A Certain Ration & Gang Of Four as it swaggers through the nightclub. "Maxim's Choir" sees rampant saxophone joined by celestial keyboard work and syncopated jazz kit for a stylish direction with proggy notes that's reminiscent of jam bands from both late 70s New York and mid 90s Chicago. Excellent new direction from the Bristol firm.

Putting paid to any attempt at a pre-Christmas diet, another sweet release drops on Banoffee Pies as they serve up Limited Series 06. Adorned with
some saucy Pink legs, this latest volume sees a predominantly Bristol based line up take us through the finest leftfield house, electro, jazz and 2 step. Gallegos’ “Save Your Love For Me” quickly engages your focus with jazzy clarinet licks, enticing vocals and a sophisticated house rhythm, while Seka fuses electro drum programs and deep house pads for the dreamy “Hanging Gardens”. Recent BP signee Jay Anderson returns for his second appeance on the imprint, taking us to the intermission with the emotive jazz chords and complex drum patterns of taut 2 stepper "Dreams". Dropping by to say hi, deep house maestro Owain K kicks off the flip in fine floor filling style, locking us into the sultry, steamy and dreamy "Touched", as immersive a groover as you're likely to find. As with many of its predecessors is EP draws to a close with a proper smokers jam, this time from Embezzlement Society, who chop up jazz piano, muted trumpet and a weird Oizo bass synth to take us around to beatdown town. Diverse and deep shizzle once again!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Bristol's Banofee Pies top off what's been a scintillating year for the label with another of their much-loved Limited Series.

Banoffee Pies Records return to their Black Label imprint with new label signees on Part 2 of their second release, BPBL02.2. Jay Anderson kicks off with an ode to outer space; the star-bound, vocoder decorated lullaby that is “Didn’t Care Too Much”. S II P keeps us floating through anti gravity, an untitled number pulling and pushing us through a tech-house stretch, beautifully populated with childlike vox and delicate percussion artefacts – tech house done RIGHT! Peshka and “Basic Instinct” is up next – an unfathomably trickski little beast with rolling arps locking us into a hypnotic pull, again embellished with classy vocal snippets (apparently from the rivers of Hanoi) before executing a stimulating and highly stylish breakdown onto our receptive ears – ace! Top stuff as always from this Bristol firm.

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12" Info: ONE COPY FOUND!!

Banoffee Pies Records return to their original white label format for another limited EP: BP003. The Bristol label delivery the good once more with a solid selection of housey goodness. Adam Stromstedt & Art Alfie's "Drum Off" heavily samples a drum solo from the blockbuster film of 2015 Whiplash and is one of those typical Banoffee style basement bumpers, full of organic instrumentation tweaked just that little bit extra, and with a lush piano sequence to boot. Jaffa Surfas "Souled Out" provides a kinetic house effort, working the filters and kill switches with aplomb as a clickity MPC rhythm rides on top. Playful, infectious house music just the way we like it. To end, the recently unearthed "Ko Bad" undergoes a mild edit from Hansel! and is a tastefully chopped and arranged collage of jazz samples, brush drums and rolling breakbeat. As ever, super sexy, understated and highly grooving stuff here from the BP crew. Coming highly recommended from us folks at PR. TIP. 


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