So this is what Roska has been up to, collabing with the NAPT boys Tomek and Ash - with pretty wicked results, too. ‘Roar’ intros with a pretty neat build-up, pivoted around sparse rolling beats and a pressure-cooker siren wail. After the first drop, the hype bashy beats and “Hup” yelps are joined by cowbell — gotta have more cowbell! — and then clanging old hardcore keys. Impossible to genre categorise, ‘Roar’ would make Katy Perry shrivel up behind a bush. ‘Mr Oscar’ is a pared-down percussive feast, part-funky bashy bass and part-clanging deep tech-house. Love ‘em both.
Music funded by a yoghurt company. Background at Fat Cat Records. Sounds like Gruff Rhys, British Sea Power etc... cassette only. If only all indies had this retro foresight!
Who knows what the MC5 would have made of this squelchpunk Prodigyesque cover that has its tongue firmly in cheek? Weirdly, a little dancefloor humour can sometimes work wonders.
The title track on the Top Drawer Digital label bossman Lucas's new EP is dark dynamic neorofunk, kinda like a Photek album track battling it out in a cave with cartoon demons. 'Sweeney Todd' features a sinister spoken word vocal sample, which could actually be a demon barber whispering in your ear as you sit in an electric chair that vibrates to a vintage Depth Charge piece. Finally, 'Scared' is gnarly breakbeat that could function equally at a late-night free party or in some of the more grimey clubs.