Review: Eastern percussion and tabla elements join saw-wavey synths and ghoulish atmospheres in the title track for Electric Street Orchestra's second EP, Natives, for the new Dirty Tech Records. Acoustic breakbeats and drum and bass leaning rhythms add another layer of animosity to the EP on "Serpents", while the flipside, "Reconstruct" sees an ambient and string lead excursion through Aphex Twin styled toy sounds, somber Brian Eno subtleties and morbid double bass compositions similar to Mohammed, a classical trio to recently appear on PAN. The EPs remix comes from Tiny Heart's, which turns ESO's "Reconstruct" into something you would expect from Lykke li or Ellie Goulding collaborating with Nosaj Thing.
Review: Detroitian beatsmith, Platinum Pied Piper and Tiny Hearts founder Waajeed flips from Jeedo to Jeedeci for this unique slice of space-aged hip-hop. Fusing elements of juke, trap, techno and classic 90s R&B to great effect, both versions carefully balance the stark out-there beats with the soft harmonies and rich chords of the R&B sample. Fans of anything that's been delivered on DJ Shadow's Liquid Amber will be all over this.
Review: Originally released on a limited run last summer, Waajeed's evergreen juke ballad "Love U 4 Life" gets a final revisit. Limited to 225 copies (complete with a certificate to prove its authenticity), both versions tell a very different story... "Love U 4 Life (melody)" is an exercise in deft sample chops and skippy juke dynamics while "Love U 4 Life" is a much darker jam that tips a nod towards classic electro before dropping into the original R&B sample right on the last chapter. Both kill it in a way that only Jeedo knows how.
Review: Made of 100% recycled denim, the 7-inch jacket was designed and sewn by Jeedo. Each copy comes on black vinyl in a protected polyvinyl sleeve, includes a digital download card, and is hand numbered and signed with a certificate of authenticity. Only 125 copies available worldwide
Review: Rimarkable, The first signing to boss man Waajeed's DIRT TECH RECK label based in Detroit. Presents her stunning debut with the single, "I'm in Trouble", over eight minutes of planetary prayer from Purgatory. Produced, mixed and arranged by Waajeed, this elaborate dance floor offering is a marriage between deep Afro House and Detroit Techno, with potent and memorable vocals by Rimarkable.
As a seasoned DJ in New York for the last decade, Rimarkable is clear this track will be welcomed on dance floors worldwide. "This song was produced and performed from a DJs perspective," she says. "It will take the dancers to a place of possession, and allows space for the DJ to officiate and build a bridge to wherever they'd like to go next. It's definitely something to keep in your crate of arsenals."
Review: Former Slum Village and Platinum Pied Piper beat maker Waajeed has thrown himself into soulful, synth-laden deep house production of late, primarily by making his presence felt on cuts by fellow Detroit legend Theo Parrish. Here he strikes out on his own with a brilliantly colourful, imaginative and on-point EP of solo productions. There's much to admire throughout, from the looked vibraphone melodies, darting brass and undulating broken house rhythms of "Shango", to the Dego and Kaidi Tatham style, jazz-funk influenced electro smoothness of "Better Late Than Never". Opener "Winston's Midnight Disco", where hushed synth-disco samples are wrapped into alien synth lines and elastic bass, is also rather fine.
Review: Given that it's been eleven years since Wajeed last released an album - the hip-hop focused "The War LP" - you'd expect the Detroiter's latest full-length to be a totally different beast. It is, of course, with "From The Dirt" containing more material influenced by his recent dalliances with Motor City deep house. Over the course of ten tasty tracks, the former Platinum Pied Pipers producer happily flits between acid-fired piano house ("From The Dirt"), Omar-S style goodness ("After You Left"), disco and funk-influenced vocal workouts (see "Things About You"), tasty tech-soul songs ("I Ain't Safe", the wonderful "Make It Happen") and jazz-flecked deep house dustiness (the percussive and swinging, "My Father's Rhythm").
Review: Soulful hip-hop beat-maker Waajeed's transformation into a Detroit deep house star continues apace, with the former Slum Village man's second EP for Dirt Tech Reck in as many months. He begins by doffing a cap to Theo and Moodymann on "Get Down", a shuffling, warm and dreamy workout full of rich disco bass, twinkling electric piano keys, gentle vocal samples and layered hand percussion. Confirmed summer jam "Through it All" is a breezy, string-laden bastion of piano-heavy positivity complete with bustling analogue bass and "Strings of Life" style solos, while B-side "Kingdom" sits somewhere between crunchy Chicago house, gospel and lilting Motor City deepness. Yes, please!
Review: Detroit mainstay Waajeed is back on the case with another heavyweight slab for his Dirt Tech Reck label. "Heavy" pulls no punches - this track is peak time soul music turned up to 11 not least thanks to Wu-Tang songstress Blue Raspberry under alias Candi Lindsey's staggering diva vocal. The track also comes in instrumental form, but trust us and reach for the vocal to send a crowd into rapture. Lindsey returns on "Deeper Into Blue", another sprightly house cut with melancholy and hope in equal measure. "Too Black" rounds the EP off with a twitching broken beat groove that speaks to Waajeed's accomplished history in the truly soulful end of contemporary club music.