London crew Urban Knights morph Wax Wreckaz's 2012 dancehall house anthem for the breakbeat garage crew, taking full advantage of Swedish singer Etzia's classy, irresistible vocal. This is one of those gloriously simple affairs: an electro house-style keyboard riff sitting over a clean two-step break and deep, deep sub. Yet the Knights' effortlessly cool re-lick utterly transforms the original track. You've probably already heard this at the summer festivals: if not, make a b-line for your nearest download store — it's a serious anthem.
I have been busy writing my album this year and this is the stomper off it. It's already supercharging my sets. Signature Dub Police.
The latest release on Mannequin sees Musumeci drop two noisy, lo-fi workouts. Of the tracks, ‘Untitled 1’ is the more visceral, its screeching waves of vocals and feedback verging on the unlistenable, while the second untitled track is funkier, with a punky strut. The main reason that they feature on the techno page is due to Nation boss Traxx’s edit of ‘Tag Fuer Tag', a track from last year’s Musumeci album. A bleak electronic groove and powerful dubbed-out drums underscore the depraved shrieks.
It was the Man Bites Dog imprint that got me intrigued, as gotta admit, never heard anything from Playdough before but mygod gonna keep an eye cocked for this loon from here on in. 'Been Dope' is just nuts, straight up Funkadelic/Death-style black-rock psych-racket over which Oh No drops his usual soopstoopid gospel, Sean P marshalling the carnage with a post-punk abusiveness and a straight-up dub sense of madness. Those moments where vocal lines get echoed to the max recall Edan massively (particularly his work with Lif) and you won't find a hotter stew of murky lysergic madness before 2014's out. Essential.