After debuting earlier this year with the 'Plastic World' album, BNJMN returns to Rush Hour with his second long player. On 'Black Square', he evolves into a more fluid production style, largely by allowing more space into his music. By keeping his drums more sparse and light, his music takes even more of a serene, futuristic quality. A modern electronic classic, we dare to say. Braindance, anybody? Although a quick comparison is made between his music and that of early 90s UK electronica, BNJMN states that he is trying to stay current and not be influenced by the past, rather making music which is all about the moment. The 23 year old is also not too bothered about being connected to what else is going on in the musical world. Instead, he prefers to let himself be inspired by his surroundings of the sea and countryside on the south coast of England, something that definitely comes out in his music.
Braille debuts with his first single for Rush Hour Direct Current. The mind behind Braille is better known as Praveen, who forms Sepalcure (Hotflush) together with Machinedrum. He uses this new alias for his house orientated output. 'The Year 3000' is a vocal house mover of anthemic proportions. It craftily reworks a classic Chicago house vocal and gives it new life back into the future. Banging! 'Leavin Without You' is built around a heartfelt vocal soul sample, which cuts in and out of the mix leaving room for the music to really lift off. Braille creates a perfect balance between the old and the new and shows us the way forward. Double wham.
Rush Hour kicks off its E series, which is about today's electronic music in all shapes by new and upcoming producers. Opening the show is NYC-based Falty DL, already well-known for his releases on Planet Mu and Ramp. His sounds shift and glide between hip hop, funk, dubstep, house and techno, and it is this cross-breeding which gives Falty DL his signature sound. With 'All In The Place' he delivers one of his best releases to date. Four tracks that sound classic, yet futuristic at the same time. Essential EP!
Aardvarck, Boris Werner, San Proper and Sotu The Traveler deliver the goods here and do what they do best, creating a diverse set of mixes. Boris delivers an even deeper version of 'Lost In The Streets Of NYC', which is already being played by Ricardo Villalobos. Aardvarck roughens up 'On The Side' in his well-known CultCopy style. San Proper discofies 'Use Me' and Sotu The Traveler morphs 'Voyage Direct' itself into a dubstep/house hybrid.
Amsterdam's hype Tom Trago is back with 'Voyage Direct', the long awaited follow up to his warmly welcomed first EP 'Live With the BBQ'. This nine track limited CD mini-album shows his diversity within the house genre, reaffirms that this form of music can still be sexy, deep, raw, emotional and passionate, without resorting to attention grabbing production tricks. Highlights could be the raw 'On The Side' or the swing of 'Brothers Of String', but in fact every slowly unfolding track is a highlight in its own right. A must have for any devotee of the sounds of Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Newworldaquarium, Actress etc.
The mysterious Syrinx comes to us out of nowhere, but his tracks sound as if he has been around for a long, long time... and maybe he has. His high-standard version of deep, melancholic and building dub techno keeps a flame burning for the traditions established by Model 500, Chain Reaction, Basic Reaction et al, but at the same time Syrinx adds his own vibe to the style. Both pulsating epics 'Sunset' and 'When The Lights Go Off' are tooled for equal satisfaction on either headphones or main room bins, and this is just the first of two volumes which will come in matching artwork.