Whispers in Berlin that its Innervisions crew had turned ‘trance’ had grown deafening, following some particularly euphoric performances at Mexico’s BPM Festival in January. Now we finally have proof in the form of this spectacular summer anthem Âme have turned in for the Life and Death stable. The original’s soulful singer/songwriter elements are adopted perfectly, wrapped around a twinkling, swirling cyclone of melody that peaks with an explosion of melancholic emotion. A definitive record that pushes the limits of what‘s defined as ‘progressive’ in 2014.
Exquisite. Really feeling anything this label stamp their names on, real grown up drum & bass. If you’re a fan of laid-back '90s hip-hop, it won’t be hard to find solace in this track. A cool, profound drum pattern that wouldn't be found too far from a mixtape of Common or Talib Kweli, but with a tiny glimmer of a flickering 170 ever so slightly tapping away in the background.
The latest release on Mannequin sees Musumeci drop two noisy, lo-fi workouts. Of the tracks, ‘Untitled 1’ is the more visceral, its screeching waves of vocals and feedback verging on the unlistenable, while the second untitled track is funkier, with a punky strut. The main reason that they feature on the techno page is due to Nation boss Traxx’s edit of ‘Tag Fuer Tag', a track from last year’s Musumeci album. A bleak electronic groove and powerful dubbed-out drums underscore the depraved shrieks.
Not content with releasing one of this year’s best albums as Innerspace Halflife, Hakim Murphy drops a new 12” with wildly different sounds. 'Wooble' and 'Sat Feedback' are full of abstract, off-beat textures, while 'Beats of Tempura' is a woozy, leftfield groove. At the other end of the scale there’s ‘Ally’, a tough techno groove that veers into warbling synth passages and 'Melody Of', which sees beautiful melodies supported by tough claps and insistent pulses.