After a couple of avant-wave type releases, this sees Whities back at it with the dancefloor killers. The opening track ‘Temples’ is reminiscent of the seething rage of 90s DnB (see ‘Shadowboxing‘). The heavens crack open to allow through a sub-bass which demands attention and a super-tight break loop. Sounds like it should sound track an arcade game about fighting Aztec gods.
‘Forgotten Tales’ meanwhile, is a pouncing number with swinging snares for energy and a lovely set of toms. Not quite so menacing as the A1, but could certainly keep a dancefloor intact with the melody giving a little bit of euphoric respite too. These two are all we get from Anunaku for now, with ‘Bronze Age’ awaiting release in a couple of weeks’ time.
Secret Rave is going from strength to strength at the minute. Finding an average track on any of these compilation albums & EPs is not easy. This monster from Kreggo is a rather short cut but it comes in hard, hit it and quit it stylie.
If you’re not onto art-aud and the Secret Rave tapes it’s more than worthwhile to trawl through the back catalogue. Exciting stuff coming out of Italy, this project and the main man Kreggo are ones to watch.
New Boards of Canada from their 1998 John Peel session. Jeez. One for the ages. Being put out as part of Warp’s 30 year anniversary celebrations. The brand birthday thing is a bit played out but when it delivers somethings this good who in their right mind can complain?
Dance averse italo business here from Erre. Vai Nonno Vai punches in at 2:17 and is guaranteed to leave you wistful for more. Certainly a tune for a rainy autumn day.
This one comes off of Pizzico Records’ ‘Pizzico Nobel’ sub-label, which hasn’t released for a while but is squarely aimed in the direction of Cosmic and Italo Disco. Erre himself is a bit of a mystery, a quick dig doesn’t turn up much, apart from this clunky translation on a Traxsource bio of a Ma Spaventi release. Is Erre Ma Spaventi? I’m unconvinced, nor does it really matter.
The B Side ‘DK Style’ is a lot more dance focused and worth checking as well.
This Dubstep cracker comes from Holland believe it or not. Following the UK’s Dubstep heyday in the 2000s’ it was reinterpreted quite a bit abroad. As you well know, in America it evolved into a big-room genre via the likes of Skrillex and Knife Party.
Meanwhile on the European continent, much of the emerging Dubstep sat somewhere between the U.K’s dingy basement sound and the U.S’ big room off-shoot. Watchin’ U is so moreish that you can’t help but listen to it until you can’t stand it any longer.