Review: Stuart Li follows up some fine material of late for the likes of Fine Art and Dolly with further Basic Soul Unit deviations through the depths of house music on the New Kanada imprint. The EP's title track is suitably named, delving into murky house with militant 909 snares the only real crisp quality amidst creeping drone sounds, searching chords and foggy textures. A jagged, thrusting guttural arpeggio takes effect as the track progresses making for one of Li's darkest productions in some time! "Herstory" steadily unfurls from its spinal beginnings into something wholly dreamlike, making it a nice counterpart to the darker excesses of its predecessor. Turn over and "For Some" casts a highly pressurised spell with ease, letting off steam like bursts of texture over a rattling groove, whilst "Groundswell" oozes class, drawing out a multiplicity of syncopated layers and ascendant piano tones over bubbling analogues.
Review: Adam Marshall and Christian Andersen may only have joined forces as Graze in early 2013, but already they've released an impressive debut album and a string of inspired 12" singles. This sophomore full-length, stretched across three slabs of vinyl, offers them a chance to explore the range and breadth of their influences - an opportunity they grasp with both hands. There's much to admire throughout, from the crystalline, rolling house of "Bending" and raw, sub-heavy, L.I.E.S-style techno of "Genesis", to the break-heavy early hardcore revivalism of "Swarz" and broken techno shuffle of "Circadia", a delicious fusion of off-kilter rhythms, dreamy freestyle vocals and faintly creepy textures.
Review: With a fair few releases already delivered to New Kanada, label boss Adam Marshall and partner in crime Christian Andersen (otherwise known as XI) are back in action once again with this dualistic 12" that showcases two very different sides to their sound. "MWeapon" on the A side is a moody slice of broken house that features some emotive vocodering and overall warmth that clings to the gently crooked groove. On the flip it's a different story as "Scrap" jerks and pulls at its rhythmic leash while mean tempered synth lines snarl out underneath, coming on with a hyperactive urgency and curiously UK-minded attitude for a pair of producers from Canada.
Review: Hot on the Heels of his "Remote Culture EP" on Mike Shannon's Cynosure imprint, Marshall delivers for this new imprint, heavy basslines reminiscent of the early Get Physical sound combined with the hedonistic minimalism out of Berlin.
Mission (Jeremy P Caulfield's Dead Cargo Cult mix)
Hot Spring (J Hunsberger's Bring On The Summer mix)
Review: The A-side is a seriously advanced workout of minimal funk from Cynosure's Mike Shannon, who remixes "Black Snow" into a stripped-down house groove. On the B-side, we have Jeremy P. Caulfield's treatment of "Mission", which continues into the dark and precise mood set up so well on his Dumb-Unit imprint. Ending things on B2 is J Hunsberger's delicate and beautiful rework of "Hot Spring". Jay spices things up a little with vocal snippets and rocked-out drums, and hints at the sounds he just unleashed on Steve Bug's Audiomatique label.
Review: "Santa Domingo", by Mood Edit, is a peak-time monster house cut - seamlessly blurring the line between minimal and maximal. Seriously jacking and bumping beats collide head-on with haunting sirens and swirling textures. Fast enough for the big room - but with a depth and rumble that screams "lock the doors and bring out the good stuff!".
Review: A fresh approach to minimal and techno. Adam Marshall's version of "Naked" is a slamming dark-hearted tribal funk track. The minimal remix of "Naked" comes courtesy of Jesse Siminski (aka Hearthob). A glorious mix of compressed house music - haunting, urgent and raw.
Review: Having risen to prominence via a series of well received EPs for Jus Ed's Underground Quality imprint and UK hub Tsuba, Tazz adds New Kanada to his CV for this fine three track EP that demonstrates his versatility and showcases some of Montreal's other talented house producers. Lead track "Cosmic Sex" sees Tazz collaborate with fellow Montreal based producer Bacanito for an arrangement that pits skittering percussive textures and a rumbling cavernous bass line against the low reaching smudgy and heavily saturated analogue patterns, with a nice upwards thrust building throughout. The flip opens with a solo Tazz production in the shape of "Wanderer" which demonstrates more rhythmic restraint, allowing the creeping bassline and woozy melodic elements centre stage, though there is a pleasant switch in energy just as your senses are about to be engulfed by the floating keys. "Mermaids And Mermen", a joint production with another Montreal resident Giovanni Randisi adopts a more stripped back, dubby subaqueous approach.