The earthshaking grandeur of Guy J’s ‘Candyland’ emanated an appeal that had little to do with conventional dancefloor fodder, though King Unique settles for something a little more straightforward with his rework. Please note though, that it’s equally likely to shake you to your very core with its peaktime swathe of power progressive thrills. Something like ‘BOOM’.
Plucked from obscurity, Australian composer, Len Leise, releases three new-age experiments on International Feel. The legend goes that label head, Mark Barratt, learned of Leise’s work following a lucky charity shop find of early library material on cassette. This led to them meeting and prompted Leise to get back in the studio. The final result became this delightful selection of tunes that follow the Afro-cosmic lineage of Baldelli and Beppe Loda.
"Stripped back and raw, the basic essentials keep this rolling."
Straddling the beats and R&B divide, the experienced production hand of Jon Phonics comes correct with this slice of tough street soul. Coming off like a Green Lantern production, it has enough punch for the dancefloor whilst retaining the balance of accessibility. ‘Naim’ and ‘Bazooka’ are a little clever for their own good though, with complex and nauseating beat patterns. Stick to the title track.