Review: In the words of head honcho Bradley Zero, Rhythm Section International sub label International Black is "heads down, arms up.. for your mind, your body and your soul. For late nights and early mornings and the sound when the lights go off." On to its third release now, Side A is courtesy of Mallard - a 19 year old jazz student who made a big splash with his debut EP for the parent label not long ago. His track "Common Era" is dreamy and hypnotic slo-mo house with soothing bell tones and dusty rhythms reminiscent of early Dial Records. On the flip is the swing fuelled old school house of "Low Rise" by Mallard and associate 'LT' on their collaboration known as J.Deep. They get right into the groove, with an almost garage styled rattle and stomp and those classic MK style chime-like keys.
Review: New Rhythm Section International sublabel International Black has launched and if this is anything to go by; they're pushing the late night sounds of deepness on this pursuit courtesy of Ron Obvious and Phrased: of South London's L.B. Produce. These two fellas get some really sexy and evocative grooves happening, firstly with "Pushing (303 Jazz mix)" and its great sense of swing and '90s U.S. house aesthetic intact. On the flip we've got "Man Ray" which continues on with more loungey, Rhodes led mellow flavours. As label head honcho Bradley Zero explained, the label will be more clubby, weird and hypnotic. The material was recorded entirely on analogue hardware using reel to reel tape.