Review: Having built up the suspense with a strong run of singles, Mr C finally delivers his latest album in a fit of house and techno savvy with a strong dose of political intent to boot. Intended as a comment on the state of UK clubbing, stylistically Incidents veers from slo-mo acid to the kind of heated jackers the man himself would have been playing at Clink St back in '88. Amongst other stylistic touchstones there's a whisper of electro powering the rousing "Stand Up", but really this is the sound of an acid house veteran stripping everything back and accurately capturing the spirit of the sound when it first broke. If anyone's qualified to take to such a task, it's surely Mr. C.
Review: Sudd Records has been going for some time as a digital-only label, but now they make the leap to vinyl with the help of Detroit champ Gari Romalis. "Abstraxx (Linear Mix)" kicks off the record in a heady fog of undulating pads, the smoke positively drifting out of the speaker cones over a simple, deep-as-you-like drum pattern. "Dark Ryda (Sunset Mix)" gets a little more funk in its rhythm, but the same mellow mood prevails, almost reaching dub techno levels in its atmospheric chord swells. "Heat (Bout That Life Mix)" takes things out of the darkness and into a lighter frame of mind, but Romalis is still firmly in the deep end of the deep house pool with this final cut on the record.
Review: The SlapFunk crew have been enjoying plenty of attention lately, and quite rightly. Their pumped up house sound is hard to refute, taking the heads down trippiness of minimal house and beefing it up with classic jacking sounds for an infectious party mixture. Samuel Deep gets the message, bringing just the right kind of swing to "MOOV!" to get bodies popping all over the joint, while "Keek Iz" rides the same beat but in a lower register. "42915 Beatz" is just as drum led, but there's a little more fidgety sonic interplay popping off around the drums. Ingi Visions pops up on the B2 for the distinctly more eerie "Tekniq", placing an icy string synth refrain at the heart of the track with chilling results.