Review: FXHE bloodline member Big Strick continues to excel on his own 7 Days Ent. label, dropping his first 12" of 2012 which has a nice community feel to proceedings. Alpha & Omega introduces us to Generation Next, a rising 16 year old talent from the streets of Detroit who contributes alongside Mr Strickland to all three tracks here. Stylistically, the three tracks here seem equally indebted to Juan Atkins pure techno endeavours as Infiniti and the sub aqueous grooves of Drexciya, not least the restrained title track which shimmers from the murky depths into a finely crafted liquid groove imbued with bubbling elatory Utopian textures. On the flip "Origin" ripples with pressure, its rhythmic elements grappling for your attention as the space between them decreases with Strick and Gen Next expertly layering texture upon texture. A masterful 12" shaped exercise in modern day Detroit sounds is completed with the devious electrofied snap of "Bloodline".
Review: Leonard "Big Strick" Strickland is perhaps best known for his family ties with Omar-S (they're cousins), though his productions are well worthy of praise in their own right. Here, he offers up a sampler 12" featuring cuts from his recent (and excellent) Reservoir Dogs LP. Perhaps the most noteworthy cut is "Family Affair", a lovingly constructed chunk of hypnotic, melodic deepness written with Omar-S. That said, Strick's solo effort "Armed & Dangerous" - a winding chunk of voodoo techno - is arguably better. The mazy techno-funk of Reckless Ron Cook's "Night Moves" is also outstanding.
Generation Next - "Like Father, Like Son" (feat Big Strick)
Review: Like Father, Like Son sees Big Strick and his prodigious son Generation Next team up for a split 12" showcasing this pair of criminally underappreciated Detroit producers. "Rain Dance" sees the elder of the two deliver a deep techno journey filled with abstracted textures and organic chimes that sound, while the young Generation Next shows a remarkable maturity beyond his years on "And You Too", where sparse, subtle chords and the simplest of melodies drift by on a light rhythm. On "Like Father, Like Son" the two pair up for the most gently uplifting of deep piano jams. Just like pretty much everything on 7 Days Entertainment, this is some nigh on essential material.
Review: FXHE fam Big Strick's 7 Days Entertainment introduced us to the 16 year old talents of Generation Next last year, and here he returns with his first full EP in Lamborghini Dreams. The title track comes across like OB Ignitt's recent classic "Oh Jabba" with smooth Rhodes chords and almost cosmic melody drifting across staccato drum machine beats, but the rest show a producer clearly inspired by the simple structures of Omar S' productions. "110" is a devastating piece of trippy, fluttering techno, "Hood Anthem" pairs bright staccato synth textures with curt percussion and "October Oasis" utilises bubbling analogue tones and shrill arpeggio drifts to great effect. The name Generation Next may come with a lot of expectation for someone so young, but on the strength of this release he's already poised to give his established peers a run for their money.
Review: Big Stick's 7 Days Entertainment delivers more of the same quality house music from the Motor City that it has fast become renowned for. The Strickmaster's latest release comes from none other than his own offspring, the supremely talented Generation Next, whose Ender 12" will definitely appeal to anyone that checked last year's Like Father, Like Son. Lead cut "Ender" is uplifting and soulful with its tough beat, mesmerising pianos and that bassline! "Dream States" is all dreamy keys and cowbells; what more you want? (its equally as funky!). Closing out proceeding is "Joni" taking things deeper but that 808 beat is absolutely tight!
Review: Generation Next aka Tre Strickland - son of Omar-S associate Big Strick - has impressed since first joining forces with his dad on 2011's Like Father, Like Son LP. Here he proves his continued development as a producer with an excellent collection of warm, deep, soul-flecked house cuts for Strickland family imprint 7 Days Entertainment. As you'd expect, highlights are plentiful, from the skittering machine drums, dreamy chords and occasional organs of "Vanilla Sky", to the tech-tinged simplicity of the melodious-but-tough "Chilli Cheese Fries". Best of all, though, is the blazed beatdown feel of "The Tomorrow People", a hazy saunter through rich chords, shuffling percussion and snaking electronics.
Review: Tre Stickland is the man behind the Generation Next Project and, together with big bossman Big Strick, these two have become important new names from the 313. Stickland is on a solo mission this time, with three effective techno-house killers that'll appeal to fans of Omar S and Theo Parrish in his less soulful mood. "Cascade" is a simple yet full-bodied tune bolstered down by a dusty, mechanical beat flex, which is followed by the relatively more vibrant sounds and tones of the dubby house cut "Vultures". Over on the flipside, "Our Time" is the funk nugget, the track which manages to mix up the best elements of Generation Next's house, techno, and boogie sensibilities into a see minute monster. Recommended!