Andrew Weatherall's A Shrub From Outer Space (8:06)
I See You In The Shrubs (Donald Dust Other Thumper) (5:50)
Review: Eyes of Others is an Edinburgh-based producer who claims to make "post pub, couldn't get in the club music". Having previously released on chugging psych-disco specialists Nein, "I See You In The Shrubs" marks the producer's first outing on Paradise Palms. On the A-side you'll find his 12" Mix, where half spoken/half sung, Arab Strap style vocals drift across a trippy soundscape built around lo-fi drum machine rhythms, bubbly analogue synth-bass and just the right amount of blazed, out-there electronic noises. The top revision comes from the mighty Andrew Weatherall, who reaches for the heavy dub bass, languid live drums and exotic, cascading electronic melodies. To complete the package, Donald Dust re-imagines "I See You In The Shrubs" as an Italo-disco influenced nu-disco throb-job.
Echoslim X Nicko Rebel X Mr Williamz - "Higrade Skanking" (3:43)
Review: Nicko Rebel Music are back to serve up more top shelf skanking material after their debut release sold out in quick time. The EP introduces a host of debutants including Nadine Sutherland, Echoslim and Nicko Revel who sit next to the more established Mr Micah Williams, a Necessary Mayhem mainstay with skills to burn. Sutherland's "Dance Africa" is a rootsy roller with flabby bass and big trumpet lines accompanying her vocal work, which celebrates the glory of Africa, while B side "Higrade Skanking" from Echoslim X Nicko Rebel X Mr Williamz does exactly what it says on the tin.
Review: Long running dub dons Nice Up! unveil a brand new talent on their latest: that man is Escape Roots, a Glaswegian producer and Mungo's HiFi's Walk n Skank resident who calls upon vocalist Dandelion to muse on the many different joys of ganga. Riding on classic dancehall rhythms with hooky guitar riffs and tumbling claps, Dandelion touches on toothpaste, butter, soap and the titular Ganga Socks. It's tongue in cheek, head in the clouds stuff that will have you skanking for days. For those who like it more stripped back, flipside "Version" is where it's at.