Foul Play is definitely a suitable title for this EP as Kessler has brought the big guns to the tea party for this one. Really getting to the heart of what Holding Hands is all about I love how straight up in the face these bangers are.
Expect a lot of gun fingers and shouts of “this one’s a stinky wiiiiiiinky” when these get dropped in the club. That’s probably the best way of describing the vibe here...
OK enough of my blather. Go and listen to the damn things yourself and decide if you like them, rather than trying to work it out from reading a bloody press release you weirdos.
All four tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms.
Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space flight...
a1. Kessler - Foul Play
a2. Kessler - Lotus
b1. Kessler - Hood Mentality
b2. Kessler - R2D2 On Crack
Mirage - Feel My Dreams (Incl. Remixes From Homemade Weapons, Andy Odysee & Tilla Mirage)
Odysee Recordings is proud to present the 4th in the series of digital re-masters and remixes of selected classics from the back catalogue. Originally released in 1996 (ODY06), this was widely regarded as the pinnacle of the initial Odysee catalogue with support from Goldie, Kemistry & Storm, Fabio, Peshay and many others.
The original has stood the test of time as one of the moodiest Apache rollers ever. A sinister rasping growl underpins the curling maelstrom of breaks, and the lethal combination of Jim Source Direct’s infamous arrangement skills and Tilla Mirage’s unique placement of avant-garde sound is truly masterful. Paradox once described the use of filters on this track as ‘truly elegant’, and it is fair to say that the production values still sound as fresh and innovative as they did 24 years ago.
On remix duty, the Odysee Label partners step up for a modern twist on the original. Switching out the Apache for the subsidiary Soulpride that featured in the original, this is even darker and more twisted. Andy’s faithful approach to the original structure is injected with that typically harder-hitting modern edge, with Tilla’s ever-refined sound selection giving that final stamp of Mirage authenticity!
Finally, but by no means least, there is a stunning take by Seattle-based artist André Delgado a.k.a. Homemade Weapons. With a plethora of releases on Citrus, Samurai, Dispatch as well as his own Weaponry imprint, he has built a highly respected profile in the world of D&B.
This remix has all the trademark volatile drum-work and fierce, rapid-fire momentum that you would expect from a Homemade Weapons remix. A vortex of twisting Apache coupled with a very clever use of key samples from the original; this remix is quite simply a weapon and a half!
a1. Mirage - Feel My Dreams (2021 Remaster)
b1. Mirage - Feel My Dreams (Andy Odysee & Tilla Mirage Remix)
b2. Mirage - Feel My Dreams (Homemade Weapons Remix)
“Nailgun” sees Friske reunite with fellow Horsemen alum Gremlinz and Aspect to lay down a lesson in the type of contemporary Rufige that all three have been the vanguards of for close to the last two decades.
“Musically Speaking” sets up a floating Speed era aesthetic before giving way to the more punishing brutalism of Headz, the contrast executed with perfect understanding of the dichotomy between the two with expert precision.
a1.Friske, Gremlinz & Aspect - Nailgun
b1. Friske - Musically Speaking
Ako Beatz Presents: Rumbleton - Outernational EP [Yellow & Black Marbled Vinyl]
Canadian-based producer Rumbleton returns after his remix on AKOism 3 to release his solo EP on an AKO Beatz. 4 carefully constructed tracks that take you on a journey, Rumbleton engineering skills are next level and we call him the beat master at AKO. Beats that take you into the darkness then bring you into the light. Rumbleton also linked up with AKO boss to produce a track that has already got people excited. Outernational jungle at its finest.
Adam is as quintessential to the label as it gets. His first two EP's were full on baskets of dynamite and number three is no different. He has three variations on a theme in A Minor, and the theme is...absolute slammeroos. Remix duties come from great friends of the label and Slam Jams 1 gang, Tape Fear. They've come correct with an absolute hound dog of a 2-step take on Variation 1. Turn the subs up and dive on in...
Old skool and reinforced legend Alpha Omega returns with another Monster killer EP and in true Alpha Omega style, he does not hold back and gives you a selection of various beats and styles.
Everyone is already talking about Monster Killer which has already become a dance floor hit with vocals, stabs, and amen edits that make you lose your shit on the dance floor. Then takes you on a technical Journey with sciences 95 followed by beautifully crafted tracks Crystal Ball and Look Into My Eyes.