We last featured material from Cardiff boys, Olly Howells and Luke Welsby, almost a year ago to the day when they released I Need You, an EP on Ten Thousand Yen.
With a slew of tracks on labels like 2020Vision and Future Classic to date, it’s hardly surprising they’ve been snapped up by German big guns Exploited for their latest EP, Satisfaction, which we were told contained “three uplifting, warm and modern dance tracks”. Kind of spot on really, though the standout track for us is Truth – a summery house number with an old skool vocal sample and bags of funk, ripe ‘n ready for the dance floor.
This one was released last week.
Scour the web and you be hard pushed to find much on DJ Slyngshot. Same goes for the label he runs, Yappin. He’s German though (apparently). Oh, and he’s done a mix for NTS Radio before. Anyway, whilst getting over the fact this guy is seemingly – and quite refreshingly – unfazed by self-promotion, online hype and all that social media nonsense, we got listening to his latest release – Cycles, a fruity EP containing three tracks that seem totally unrelated.
That’s not a bad thing by that way, at all. If anything it’s why this release is so good.
Cycles is a slow groove, with tangy analogue glitches nonchalantly dotted in-between an industrial bassline. This gives way to Skyscraperzz, an eclectic track that fuses jazz elements within an almost tribal template. This one takes a bit of time, sure, but I like its jumpy, quirky rhythm. My favourite track is Cycles though. It’s got a bit more pace to it and features a nice blend of cushioned, undulating bass, pads and gloopy analogue blips.
Get the EP, here.
La Duna is one of three tracks from an EP of the same name released by Italian ‘analogue explorer’, RAW MT. Aptly described as a “deep 4am roller”, it’s a dark, brooding record with some real kick by way of a thudding bassline cut amidst warm, cloudy analogue layers.
It’s fantastically dark, chugging techno at its best, which has been magically nuanced to allow for some real dance floor excursion.
Lancia Delta is a three-track EP from Italian duo, die Roh, and is an absolute belter from start to finish.
An alias under joint ownership by house heads, DJ Octopus (whose track Together incidentally made our 2014 Top Twenty chart) and Luca Segato, this release was unveiled just last month and has subsequently sold out on both Juno and Phonica. It kicks off with Xm11, a nineties sample pile-driver that doesn’t mess around, getting straight to the point with plenty of synth-laden, bpm-busting groove.
Composed 22 is a much grittier track, with a squelching bassline and a blotchy analogue finish, teeing up your ears for the last feature of this installment perfectly; Paper Plan is a classic dub that leans towards a techno template, strident stuff for those darker hours on the dancefloor.