A brand new record label, KYUBU kicks off with this smart blend of tribal electro-tech that definitely qualifies for the 'eclectro' tag. Joshua Tobin and Jack Rutherford make up the duo and this is their own label, which aims to feature output from like minds alongside their own material. Barry Jamieson has touched up track by everyone from Sasha to Madonna, New Order and Depeche Mode and his stripped back more traditional dark housey version is a perfect flipside.
Feelgood party ghetto-funk cut 'No Doubt' featuring Jimi Needles kicks off this collaborative EP from the Dutty duo of Michael Rack and Alex Furley. It's followed by 'Real Thing' featuring Captain Flatcap, which is bona fide electro swing with flutes and everything - and this page loves a bit of electro swing sometimes. Rocstar bossman Cut La Roc guests on 'Keep The Crowd Hype', a fun-loving breakbeat-funker with a neat b-line and Beiderbecke horns in the background. To round off, there's a jaunty, boompty house remix of 'Get Busy' by Ettore Baiunco. Swing high, sweet chariot.
Badhabitz produces the teaser track 'Villainz' from this superb new EP from Split Prophets acolytes Bill & Paro and good God it's wonderful - a vibe that's reminiscent of Telemachus/Jehst's 'Sheltering Sky' but even more located away from the desert and in the heat-struck crowded streets, sax and droneing harmonium adding to the steady destabilisation of your sense of place and space. Great flows from Bill and Hozay - Split Prophets once again shaping up as one of the finest stables of talent the UK has. Go get it.
Featuring on the hardcore legend's latest artist album, 'Ready To Pump' is a nostalgic nod to Paul Elstak's roots, and the early '90s hardcore sound. Bouncy kicks, off-beat percussion and pitched rap vocals bring all the good vibes of the happier Dutch sound of yesteryear, before the drop into classic Fugees track 'Ready Or Not'. This track is an old skool kick-back that doesn't sound out of place in an upfront playlist. Set finisher for me for the foreseeable future.