Review: Sheffield's man of many aliases Tommy Vicari Jnr unleashes his debut LP as V.I.C.A.R.I on new Aussie vinyl-only imprint established by Mantra Collective's Jack Fuller. If you've followed Tommy for more than a minute you'll know what's in store here: lucid machine funk that bumps, grinds and spaces the dickens out of you. Key highlights include the molten warped bass on "Moy Lally In D", the juddering clipped funk of "Various Small Flames" and the Detroitian soul hurricane that is "Youereve" but these are just three of the twelve stunning synthetic spells he's cast right here. Essential.
Review: It has been two years since Jay Bliss presented the last installment of his respected Stomping Grounds imprint, and now he's back with a third various artists EP. Bliss certainly has selected some of the scene's very best for contributions on SG 005: the ever impressive VICARI serves up the deep and dubby afterhours stomp of "Uncalminginfluence", before the label boss teams up with fellow Club Guesthouse resident Dragos Ilici for some quirky and glitchin' minimal funk on "Oobleck". Label staple Discret Popescu (aka Crihan) makes an appearance too, serving up the rolling and hypnotic "Lose Touch".