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Special Request joins forces with Nina Kraviz and Anastasia Kristensen, shattering the doors of perception over a four-track EP. ‘"Through The Looking Glass" on cult label Houndstooth.

On the A side, Nina Kraviz provides two interpretations of "Curtain Twitcher". ‘Alice Was Here Remix’ takes the intensity of the original and boils it into a 4/4 spin of frenzied basslines and distorted acoustics, punctuated by her languid reading of the Mad Hatter. For the ‘Samba Version’, syncopated polyrhythms take charge of a fragmented melody.

Opening the AA side, "Looking Glass" lures you down the rabbit hole with mysterious bleeps, only to reveal a whirlwind of stormy breaks and junglist percussion. Closing off the trip, Anastasia Kristensen’s remix of "Tiresias" marches its way through a field of swollen bass and glitchy percussion. Mega stuff here folks...

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Matt says: This is very, very good. Specialist tackle for blackened aircraft hangers and tekno AF.

The aptly-titled "Raw Materials" sees Marquis Hawkes making a welcome return to the primitive house rhythms for which he became known via his early work for Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Highly influenced by house originators Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt and Roy Davis Jr, "Raw Materials" updates the form with modern production techniques whilst preserving its authenticity. The title track sprawls over the A-side, making you move with a deep and hypnotic 808 beats and mesmerising dusty pads. Far deeper than a straight up banger, this is transportative club music of the highest order. The flip, on the other hand takes no prisoners, offering instead two cuts of raw drum machine clatter, strained vocal cuts and analogue tones in the form of ‘‘Ave That" and "Jerk U Later". All in all, this is a well rounded release, moving effortlessly from the immersive beauty of the A-side to the deadly dancefloor destroyers on the flip.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: "Raw Materials" sees the DABJ mainstay blessing Houndstooth with the sexiest, most sultry house sound you're likely to hear this year. Deep, warm and intimate, this is marriage material. The two B-side cuts on the other hand, are sleazy, raw and gritty basement bangers for all the hoodrats.

Akkord

HTH020

    Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy and pressed on 180g grey wax with debossed cover and postcard insert.

    Sacred geometry, complex polyrhythms and clean sound design all collide in the work of Manchester outfit, Akkord. With their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album receiving 4/5 in RA, Akkord are not resting on their success and are already planning their next assault with this new body of work.

    ‘HTH020’ consists of four tracks of much darker, moodier sounds, blending their sonic basslines with razor sharp production. The whole EP is centred around clammy, ominous atmospheres, underpinned by stomping beats, breaks and descending basslines, placing greater emphasis on the space in-between, and textured over with a doomsday ambience.


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