The Maghreban – 01DEAS [R&S Records]
As far as artists go, Ayman Rostom has to be one of the most interesting out there at present. For his latest Maghreban project, the producer slips between styles with a seamless retention of groove, hip hop and jungle, techno and reggae blend in perfect harmony, whether across different tunes or on individual tracks. Described by Rostom as ‘the hypnotic sound of confusion’, 01DEAS is the result of wide ranging influence, with the producer citing the likes of Otis Redding, Dire Straits and Om Kalthoum amongst his inspirations. At times pulsating, at others unavoidably relaxing, the debut Maghreban album does not disappoint.
Various Artists – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe, 1980-1991 [Music From Memory]
Following on from the successes of last year’s Outro Tempo compilation, Music From Memory release their second compilation of music from varying artists on a singular theme: Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe dating between 1980 and 1991. Compiled by Raphael Top-Secret and MFM head Jamie Tillier, Uneven Paths comprises twenty one tracks of weird and wonderful pop tunes, featuring artists such as Steve Beresford, Violet Eves and Brenda Ray. If avant-garde and experimental artists were gathered together and asked to make music for a mainstream audience steeped in their personal sensibilities, this is probably what it would sound like.
No Moon – Infinite Dreamz [Craigie Knowes]
The latest record from Scottish imprint Craigie Knowes comes from Mancunian producer No Moon. Having built up a steady repertoire on labels such a X-Kalay and Mork for lo-fi house music over the last year or so, Infinite Dreamz heralds a new era for the producer. Gone are the 4×4 kicks and fuzzy timbres, to be replaced by gorgeous breaks across three cuts of wonderful, starry eyed electro. The dazzling ‘Exoplanet Vibe Cult’ and pounding ‘Mallet Fury’ compliment the title track brilliantly – their slightly more visceral leanings tempered by ‘Infinite Dreamz’ gentle rhythm, awash with glistening melodies and chattering percussion – the standout track on this excellent EP.
Pavel Milyakov – Eastern Strike [RASSVET]
Pavel Milyakov aka Buttechno returns to his RASSVET imprint with Eastern Strike. Designed as a soundtrack to Gosha Rubchinskiy’s AW 18 show, the record celebrates Russian rave culture and hails back to a time where rave was revolutionized in the country. Consisting of three deconstructed trance cuts and a deadly techno cut with a bonus closed loop on the flip this EP is not one to be missed!
Rupture – The Fifth Column [Rupture]
Ladies and gentlemen, we understand that you have come tonight to bear witness to the sound of drum and bass… We offer our sincerest thanks to Rupture for bringing us this fantastic compilation of jungle, d’n’b and halftime sounds. Pitting old heads such as Digital, Double O and Rupture co-founder Mantra alongside up n comers such as Forest Drive West, The Fifth Column provides plenty of heat across it’s sixteen tracks for you to sink your teeth into.