Two insurgent 160bpm rib rattlers dominate the new EP from super Finnish label Signal Life boss Desto. His 'D.I.L.L.G.A.S. VIP' is pure ghetto swagger, but the real joint is ‘Pulse Cathedral’. His influences — Mala, DJ Spinn, Dilla — all spill through the speakers. Urgent booty shake shizzle, with gentle ethereal touches.
Agoria’s latest single is a brooding and soulful affair, its piano and string samples gifting it a certain earthy charm. Explore the B-side though and you’ll find something even more extravagant, with DJ Tennis, Luke Jenner and Agoria himself delivering a rework that boosts the melodic elements, adds a stunning new vocal and launches the original into dizzying new emotional altitudes. An already great record becomes something even more spectacular.
You gotta love uncle Distance. He always pops round on your birthday with a naughty pressie and a slap on the bum for your mum. This April, he’s dropped a beast of an EP, three tracks all as varied as a box of Quality Street. ‘Long Live the Groove’ is the beastly dancer, ‘Straight Up’ the moody roller, but hold the phones for ‘Can You Dub’, for its weird and wonderful tangy nuttiness.
What's not to love here — French luminary Etienne De Crecy's late night electro anthem 'You' picked apart and re-tooled with extra pianos by the one and only Todd The God. Solid.