Juniper – Aramaic [Meandyou]
Manchester’s Meandyou have developed a penchant for releasing fantastic records by underappreciated artists and, with their latest release, show no signs of bucking the trend. Only Juniper’s third release in six years, Aramaic is a searing, pulsating amalgamation of techno, deep house and electro. Already receiving plaudits from selectors such as Ben UFO, the record is dark and captivating from start to finish – one made for the dancefloor.
Zuli – Numbers [UIQ]
The ninth release on Lee Gamble’s UIQ imprint comes from Egyptian producer ZULI. Defying typical definitions of style and genre, Numbers fits the bill perfectly for someone of Gamble’s pedigree. A wild cacophony of sounds cloud over a variety of percussion patterns. Certainly a more wild and unpredictable record than his previous effort on the label, Numbers marks ZULI out as a producer to watch in the future.
Cop Envy TS014 [Templar Sound]
Australian producer Cop Envy’s latest excursion on Templar Sound is a rolling techno piece that is not to be missed. TS014 is a record immersed in broody darkness – the hard kicks and sporadic claps of ‘Shake’, the savage breaks and drowning bassline of ‘Head Mark’ (the second drop in particular is peachy) and percussive drive of ‘Sister Chord’ provide an EP full of dark, head nodding weapons. While ‘Kay’ may not fit quite as cleanly into the rolling style of the EP, its callous, funky feel, reminiscent of early Beneath, gives the EP a slightly more infectious dancefloor moment.
Jens Pauly – r/f [Karlrecords]
r/f is Cologne-based Jens Pauly’s debut release under his own name. Previously having released under the guise of Ghostrider and as part of the black metal band ULTHA, the seasoned producer finds a good home on Berlin’s prolific Karlrecords imprint. Often dealing in the epic, Pauly turns this time to ambient sounds to create a five-track record adding up to almost 50 minutes in length. Sparse and sombre, r/f is a superb addition to Pauly’s varied and impressive back catalogue.
Homemade Weapons – Negative Space (Remixed) [Samurai Music]
Homemade Weapons gets the remix treatment on his brilliant Negative Space EP for Samurai Music, dubbed by Resident Advisor as ‘drum & bass at its purest, most potent form’. Within this remix EP we see a VIP of ‘Tidal Track’ by the man himself, with Ancestral Voices, The Untouchables and Sam KDC all stepping up to add their own touch of spice to the tracks, whilst maintaining the dark flavour that made the original EP so great. Standout number ‘Tidal Track (VIP)’ is a pertinent example of Homemade Weapons’ prodigious skill and understanding of the genre.