Given his ultra-prolific work rate, there was only ever going to be one way for Jus’ Ed to celebrate his fiftieth birthday – by recording and releasing his seventh full-length proper (his second this year). For those who’ve followed his career to date, 50ty and Looking Good will hold few surprises, but that’s not to say that it’s not worth a listen. His particular brand of deep house is never less than beguiling, while there are enough forays into other areas to keep it interesting. Check, for example, the sax-laden “Man With The Red Face” style wig-out “Becky’s Jam”, or the raw, analogue acid of “OHMY”; clearly, there’s life in the old dog yet.
Yoruba presents a selection of diverse and interesting remixes for Torquato and Boghosian’s acclaimed debut. First up, Afefe Iku delivers a much deeper, weightier version of Paradice laden with heavy synth stabs and woody percussive elements. Aybee takes When U Touch Me nto much deeper realms, stripping back the original groove . It’s remarkably simple but flawlessly executed, the chord motif working effortlessly alongside the crisp hats. Atone tackles Zulu Girl and in the process unravels a much more mechanical track, a massive mid-tempo thud dominating over delayed cymbal crashes and ghostly vocals.
VID is a new project by Romanian young talent Sorin Rastoaca, know also as EGAL 3. Here he teams up with his friend Andrew Grant for some refreshing beats. A collaboration between Andrew and Sorin really grabs you without letting go with it’s intense subby rumbling groove and tight dubby transitions. “Dinamic” and “Inlove” are testaments of Sorin’s musical integrity yet at early age, and shows obvious inspiration from classic American techno, and modern dub techno, yet still delivering something that is housy and totally current.
Audio Tagz is inspired by graffiti street art & translated into tones as they tag your eardrums. These throw ups are their signatures, as they take you on an adventure of techno, beatdown, deep house & experimental sounds.