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Leftfield - Single Reviews - 561

Singles - Leftfield - Issue 561

Lando Chill

Save Me

Mello Music Group

The tagline on this guy’s homepage reads “A normal kid with abnormal words." That certainly sets out his stall in a most unusual and intriguing way, but in all honesty that only really tells half the story. The rest of the story becomes clear when you hear his music. Take this single for example; a truly beautiful, heartfelt and emotive missive that speaks of loss, fear, death, vulnerability, strength and honesty. Alternative poetry for a future generation.

Charlotte Day Lewis



Having featured on BADBADNOTGOOD’s sublime blue-eyed soul-funk cut ‘In Your Eyes’, this young, unsigned, Canadian soulstress goes it alone for her maiden voyage. Self-penned and self-released, you have to hand it to her; she ain’t content with riding on anybody’s coattails. Fair play we say, and even though none of the tracks here may reach the heady heights of the aforementioned BBNG track, this is a great intro to an undoubtably creative young talent.

Mehmet Aslan & Dario Rohrbach/Alma Negra

'Gazel EP'

Fleeting Wax

If Henrik Schwarz re-rubs tickle your world music fancy, then you could do worse than to check out this gem from the Swiss-based Fleeting Wax camp. Full of exotic spice, whilst being underpinned by a deep house accent, it’s definitely music to stroke ones beard to. But, all the more rewarding for it. Hit up the Eastern magic of ‘Oriental Strings’ as the bonus and funkiest of the outings. Nice.


'I’ll Be Loving You '

DFA Records

Richard Barrett is on somewhat of a roll at the moment with this, the fourth (albeit more club-focused) single to be lifted from his forthcoming album. Utilizing the soulful refrain of the underrated Pete Simpson, they re-vamp (what we presume is) the Soul Brothers Six northern soul track of the same name. Don’t expect a Daptone-esque remake though. It comes in ‘Love Bleep’ and ‘Dub’ versions. That should give the game away. Can’t wait for the LP.

Floating Points

'Kuiper EP'


Two sides of the same incredible coin, this latest EP from the irrepressible Sam Shepherd once again goes to show what a gloriously unique and talented chap he is. The first new material since the release of ‘Eleania’, lead track ‘Kuiper’ speaks of a penchant for dense, complex, free-thinking jazz; whilst ‘For Marmish Pt II’ (a continuation of the LP track of the same name) belies an entirely less intense side to his music, with a beautiful, laid-back, Rhodes-inspired ode to Herbie Hancock.

Alex Smoke

'Love Over Will Remixes'


Still aging like fine wine, one of our favorite electronica producers gets to sit back for once in his prolific career. This time the hard work is done by a team of remixers including Lakker, Tale Of Us, Tessela, and CW/A who dismantle and reconstitute his ‘Love Over Will’ album in deep and dubby fashion. Try the tribal percussion of ‘Manacles’ for a taste of the depth on this great record.


'The Kill/Prints Of Sin'


I can still remember Gonjasufi’s first single, clear as day. It was a proper sit-up-and-listen moment. Since then he has been quietly knocking out the goods for Warp, albeit slightly under the radar. Back with his fourth album ‘Callus’ (how did that happen?!) the US producer-vocalist and Low End Theory protagonist once again unleashes his trademark brand of dark, dense, heavy and politically-charged psychedelic soul.

The Woodentops

'Why Why Why'

Wall Of Sound

It’s celebration time for The Woodentops as WOS tip the cap to their seminal indie/dance crossover ‘Why Why Why’ hit, with a triple decade overhaul. As ever WOS present a gazillion remixes to cover all bases, and indeed there’s some interesting re-hashes here. Leo Mas & Fabrice lead the modern charge, but there’s some more faithful renditions including Balearic stalwart Trevor Fung, who rises to the occasion blissfully.