Review: Wolf Muller and Niklas Wandt's first official collaboration is a hot one, indeed, and by the time we've finished writing this message, we hope for everyone involved that there'll still be some copies on our shelves! The duo land on Hamburg's Growing Bin Records with Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World, a punchy blend of danceable non-music that is prone to causing mass levels of hysteria - both off and on the piste. Through catchy, wild-eyed blends of funky tribalism, house-tinged 4/4, and wayward electronica, these two have created a world of their own, and one which will undoubtedly appeal across fans and across genre fanatics. If you're into the whole Finnish/Norwegian connection, then this is for you.
Review: Serious jazz-funk collectors have long known about the stargazing charms of Senora's self-titled 1981 debut album, with copies of the rare German album changing hands for serious sums of money online. Happily, Growing Bin has decided to reissue it, allowing a whole new generation to discover its eccentric but hugely entertaining charms. Across the album's ten tracks you'd find sparkling, synthesizer-heavy jazz-funk dancefloor workouts, samba-infused summer shufflers, heart-aching piano jazz pieces, slick and sensual laidback groovers and - in the case of the obscure band's signature tune, "Senora" - wild and thrilling jazz-rock heaviness. In other words, it's an overlooked classic that's well worth a place in your record collection.
Review: For the latest release on his lauded "micro-label" Growing Bin Records, Hamburg digger Basso has turned to unheralded Japanese duo Singu, AKA "free-drummer" and electronics wizard Kiyofumi Sadanga and guitarist/keyboardist Keta Ra (Keita Sadanaga). The outfit's debut album is rather special, all told, delivering a series of hugely enjoyable, ear-catching tracks that variously join the dots between krautrock, free-jazz, Tony Allen style Afrobeat rhythms, bustling dancefloor jazz, dub and intergalactic ambient electronica. While that might look like a crazy mess on paper, one listen to the clips will confirm that it sounds very special indeed. Recommended.