Starkey - Space Traitor (12" + CD) / 12"+CD

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Title:Sing What You Want
A talented musician in his own right, respected Brooklyn-based producer Kotchy is fast forging a reputation based on combining great song writing and stunning production with inspired results. Crunk, funk and soul, 'Sing What You Want' is Kotchy's slick second single. His groove, beats and captivating vocals deliver a slip-hop affair with a top line that oozes style, as clipped out beats are laced with synth leads, melody and a vintage NYC feel. On the remix, bass wizard Rusko replaces his trademark LFO basslines with a happy, feel good version, influenced by his love of Skwee, the new synth-pop sound coming out of Scandinavia. Next up, MRK1, one of the originators of the dubstep sound and producer of Planet Mu's Virus Syndicate, delivers a dance floor destroyer remix that's already getting rewinds by the boatload, with his signature beats and electrobass sequences dominating a mix that retains the beauty and adds the beast. By contrast, the engaging and anthemic 'One For The Money' has a melancholy nostalgic feel. Heartfelt vocals, eloquent cuts and samples intertwine while Kotchy shows his prodigious talent with his drum kit. Slower and woozier but no less detailed, this is intelligent, deconstructive, dub-conscious dance music. Starkey's refix delivers an audio delight that licks the whole inside of your ear and morphs into a dancefloor cluster bomb. Wonky pitch-bent synths and acid drenched bass spatter the track as it strips ever-downwards on a ne-way ride down into jacksville. Press, radio and club support for Kotchy and these new mixes is growing by the minute, making this 12" an undeniable must for the bass generation.
Title:Heavy Arms EP
Grotty, liquid, dark, brutal and lush are all words used to describe the music of 25 year-old Alex Melia aka Reso. Such contrasting adjectives may be hard to reconcile, but after a listen to this EP, you'll begin to understand. A drummer at heart, these natural patterns of 'skin hitting' are ingrained within his brain and shine through on his digital programming and productions. After the underground dubstep smash 'If Ya Can't Beat Em', Reso returns with another equally huge tear-out face-melting12' for Civil, cementing his stature in more than one genre in the process. 'Beasts In The Basement', boasting huge driving monster bass and bonkers heavyweight machine sounds, is a jawbreaker of a track that keeps its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. Meanwhile, AA side 'Busted Crunk' is as crazy as it gets; reminiscent of early Planet Mu releases but as much de nos jours as Rustie's 'Zig Zag', it's a technoid android constructed from old school jungle, wonky bass, rave building key changes, Reso's unique hard electro-step touch... and a big big drop. Reso's aural identity is a densely layered, high octane tapestry, rich with musical texture and colour, which really sets him apart from the minimal sparsity of many of his fellow producers. Mary Anne Hobbs has been a fervent supporter of the young producer, along with Rusko, Starkey, Burial, Freq Nasty and so many more. Reso is certainly one of the most technically gifted producers to have sprouted from the dubstep scene and is fast gaining recognition from the wider techno, glitch and breaks community for his own twisted take on the dubstep /130bpm-140bpm sound. Like the soundtrack to a robot genocide, the 'Heavy Arms' EP is set to be one of the biggest dubstep releases of the year so order up big.
Artist:Darling Farah
Title:Berline EP
A living embodiment of the internet's new production generation, Darling Farah is like a shot of adrenalin, administered by his own mind to escape from the anesthetized music scene of his home, the United Arab Emirates. Despite living in one of the most club-barren countries in the world and a city that prohibits live music to be played in public, the talented 18 year old has managed to master the art of production and spawn an underground scene all on his own. Originally from Detroit, Farah was born into this world with techno already sewn into his DNA, something that despite his reclocation, came to the forefront of his mind as early as 16. Now regarded as the leader of a new, curious underground scene that resists the lock-down of the the UAE's mainstream culture, Farah has truly positioned himself as the ultimate innovator, and already has an extensive web-based following tapping into his work. His debut EP signals the arrival of this go to producer on European soil. 'Berline', like Farah himself, draws on a variation of musical styles to bring a sound totally of its own. The stripped down beat and subtle swing of minimal is given a fresh electro sensibility from the distorted chords and cut up vocals. Fused together with the sophistication of house and even a hint of dub, 'Berline' is the perfect way for Farah to introduce himself to the rest of the world. On top of the original version, a tasty trio of vinyl remixes add volume to Farah's new breed sound; Funkineven (Eglo) delivers a futuristically-styled big acid mix ("is fierce! am supporting" - Erol Alkan), renowned Austrian microgroover Clara Moto takes the track into wonky minimal house territory, and the package closes with a deep and stylish techno rework from Christian Martin, Claude Von Stroke's right hand man at Dirty Bird. Limited pressing in high quality textured / spot-varnished picture jacket.