After our fabulous Great Skies mix - which you should check out if you haven’t managed to yet - we are back to our normal sourcing of incredible music materials. First up we have Guy Andrews’ new release on Hemlock called ‘Shades/Textures’. For me, Hemlock is a label which always seems to produce frightening music. It’s a litany of dark, disturbed, dirty sounds, full of bassy undercurrents, morbid atmospherics and savage beats. Andrews’ last release, the Your Notion EP, was a jovial, bouncy record, full of intricate beats with hints of darkness; his new one, by contrast, is definitely in the Hemlock mould, coming in with dark bass, a familiarly distant echo tap and stabs of deep, minor synths. Nonetheless, Andrews retains the imaginative beat patterns, which makes for a thoroughly interesting and danceable listen.
AA - Textures by Guy Andrews
Second: Damon Bell’s ‘Ezuku’, which I can only describe as a mix of jungle house and space techno. I do hate comparing artists to others - but this is like someone has put the prefade on too early between Roman Fluegel and Space Dimension Controller. Yet it really, really works. It’s tight, funky, and terrifically odd. And all the better for it.
Damon Bell-Ezuku by Dj Damon Bell
Finally, something as far away from Damon Bell as you could get. No, it’s not Britney (did you hear her forage into dubstep earlier this year?); it’s some serious soul! Juke Box Jam are putting out seriously cool old records, and this one is three covers of Big Joe Williams’ legendary blues track ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’. Although the band Them, fronted by Van the Man Morrison really killed their cover, I think I like this one by Rose Mitchell just as much. It’s a huge voice, coming through the crackle, instilling images of people swinging in the American south in black and white. Man, it’s cool.
Rose Mitchel - Baby Please Don’t Go by soulcatberlin