Blak Madeen are a duo featuring Al J & Yusuf Abdul Mateen, and they've cooked up something haunting and hypnotic here, bassline stuck to without deviation, beats crisp and right, scratches sublime, and some wonderfully unhinging textural additions that stop things from just becoming purely rotational — as you'd expect a sparkling cameo from ED O.G (but way too brief!) seals off a totally compelling deal. The album this is lifted from is called 'The Time' and I want to make its acquaintance as soon as possible.
Continuing where their 'Kalakuta/Ndizi' release from last year stopped, the duo dig deeper into the Afrocentric palette, mutating further into off-kilter techno riddims. On the flip, Alix Perez destroys the remix of 'Kalakuta' with a dub 'n’ bass rework.
Following a tone set by the likes of Fantastic Mr Fox, Lapalux and Deco Child, you know the one; where electronica meets the influences of dub and West Coast low-slung attitude, Lost Midas conjures up this glistening slice of beat pop. The Captain Supernova mix comes through with the more fluid approach, but all in all a good effort.
Sampling Busta and wielding snares like early Blawan can never be that bad a thing, can it really? Irish duo Effy hit out with two big slices of smudged techno, enlisting Troy Gunner and Houndscales on the remix.