We’re big fans of Lisbon’s DJNF around here with his Crânio EP for Warp from earlier in the year an early 2018 favorite. His DJ sets are always illuminating as they cross-pollinate the percussive potpourri of batida with a host of cross-genre resonance points. Halloween candy to anyone who can tell me what the facemelter at the 32-minute mark is:)
Man, I looovvvvvved Deadboy when he first started making post-dubstep waves in 09 with his tear-soaked outer-UKG productions. One of the few producers whose androgynous and manic vocal science hints at a solid Burial influence, yet manages to elide any direct comparisons while operating in similar emotionally-charged territory. I mean, “U Cheated” still bangs, as does “Unofficial Girl,” as does “If U Want Me.” As his career edges toward the decade mark in terms of his recorded output, he’s taken some interesting turns, including an extended dive into the realms of New Age-tinted dance trax and full-on ambient jams via his J.V. Lightbody moniker (which, great name). Having released a six-track affair on DJ Haus’ mad prolific UTTU earlier this year, the producer inaugurates his new label, Trule, with four slices of considerably more austere heaters that go hard on the soundscaping while keeping the rhythmic-melodic pressure high, as evidenced on the final track from the EP below!
Ah, screw it…here’s a particularly warm burner off his UTTU record as well. Too sweet.
It’s really hard to fuck with early Relief Records and this Joe Lewis jam more than weathers the test of time, pairing hard’n’wild drums with a pair of electrifyingly euphoric chords. Recently repressed as the B side to a Clones Classic Cuts twelve that straddles either end of the 86-94 Chicago house music continuum.
Though the label can get a tad one-dimensional at times, Traxx’s weirdo acid imprint Nation is an oft-reliable source for under-the-radar missiles. I adore this split as it features an absolutely maniacal JTC/Rodger Devine B-side and am quite taken with Ariisk brief-but-banging “Illusions Come” from the label’s 2015 6xLP comp, which takes 20JFG-styled arps and ghostly voices for a ride into the outlands.
Globex is a trio consisting of the producers C3Deee, Hashman Deejay, and PLO Man and I must say, I’ve been much more taken by their combined output. Crafting pad-heavy ambient techno with considerable percussive oomph, they follow up their sublime 2016 two-tracker Inversia 1 with two more extended cuts. The A side boasts a muscular if somewhat timorous beat and lush sonics that evoke refracted guitar wahs and a B that minimizes the thump while maximizing the weightless dramatics.