This latest release on Headman’s Relish label draws upon talent from a pool of some of the most exciting producers around — synth-pop futurist Brassica; Comeme’s proto house/new wave producer, Alejandro Paz; London-based Shift Work and the excellent, Lithuania-based Manfredas. Hard to pick a favourite from the pack, but Manfredas’ brilliantly skewed take on the Headman/Brassica collaboration sits alongside the supercool version from Alejandro Paz as ones not to skip.
Psychemagik and Richard Norris offer their services on this spacey disco tribute to the first Russian cosmonaut.
Less is indeed more. ‘Bottom Out’ works the minimal line hard; heavy phased snares, a hint of machine funk, rubberised basslines and space, a lot of space. Remixer Kowton gathers all the parts and squeezes out a slither more persistence. A superb example of two producers pushing the limits of the drum, snare and machine melody. ‘Total Music’ sees Russell deconstruct his sound further, eschewing direct drums and plotting rave abstraction and decay.
Creeping in and out of earshot in a flash over a year ago (initially appearing on the duo’s SoundCloud page for an instant) was this Psychemagik remix of the French chanteuse’s ultimate Balearic moment, ‘Au Pays Des Merveilles De Juliet’. Now it gets a full release on Leng, and Yves Simon’s two-½ minute original is stretched into a dreamy, seven-minute trip. Gorgeous stuff.