Plucked from obscurity, Australian composer, Len Leise, releases three new-age experiments on International Feel. The legend goes that label head, Mark Barratt, learned of Leise’s work following a lucky charity shop find of early library material on cassette. This led to them meeting and prompted Leise to get back in the studio. The final result became this delightful selection of tunes that follow the Afro-cosmic lineage of Baldelli and Beppe Loda.
First hip-hop track I think I've ever heard that references Franz Kafka. Man, if I hadn't already given so much love to Strange U in this column (and if it wasn't the month J-Zone returned) this would be single of the month but don't let that stop you availing yourself of more music from perhaps the finest, and most fucked-up minds currently making art in these isles. Zygote pushes together the elements he's so great at (the greatest hip-hop producer on earth at the moment? I'd say so) and it's such a joy to hear Jehst letting his mouth trip the fuck out on such fecund and rich soil — a chorus so melon-twistingly ace you'll be chanting it in your nightmares. Utterly superb.
Cowboy Rhythm Box is the new collab between Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Richard X for Erol Alkan's blazing Phantasy Sound imprint. Pivoting on a hypnotic, repeating female vocal (no idea what she's saying, mind), a bouncing bassline, and thundering drums, it's disorientating in all the right ways. Over is 'Rattle', a throbbing EBM affair, all clattering percussion and what sounds like Japanese girls singing playground rhymes. There's just not enough of that in house music, so, y'know, kudos.
Another release of shimmering beauty from our fave Balearic stable. A little more upfront than some of their previous releases, it draws on global influences and instrumentation, taking a percussive angle throughout its multi-layered production. More cerebral goodness from IF, as you would expect, that sees them sit in the ‘world’ bracket with increasing ease.