Sweet as fuck - the Tragic Allies hook up on a beautifully measured throb of Rhodes-laden jazz abstraction from Purpose and the results recall Premo, Diamond D & Pete Rock in all the best ways. Essential.
Audiojack's Gruuv label is ludicrously reliable as far as stone-cold party music concerned, and this filthy business from Black Loops is unstoppable. Take your pick; 'Simplon' has the rolling, chugging thing down pat. Actually, so does 'Cabron', along with the big room atmosphere. 'Up On You' has a devastating bassline and some swaggering garage attitude. But the Sidney Charles mix of 'Simplon', using the 909 drum palette to devastating effect will slap a big, possibly daft smile across that face of yours.
The Black Acre label’s genre footprint seems to keep smushing itself out sideways - which is never a bad thing - and Clap! Clap!’s debut EP for the imprint is the perfect case in point. One part tribal drums, one part jazz deviation and the other part modern, taut electronic production, there are moments, like on ‘Tamacounda’s White Magic’, where Digi G’Alessio does all of them at once and it’s astounding and abrasive - all at once.
Despite the predictability of this track, from the lyrical content to the choice of pads and patterns, this little dancefloor number isn't too terrible. It serves its purpose well and unashamedly, and although not generally to the taste of the more seasonal club attendee, it should satisfy the palate of the fresher meat.