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Famished - Has-Lo & Castle - Mello Music Group

Alongside CJ Fly's latest single with Joey Bada$$, this is a track that sounds like the various elements are running in different timezones, the music slow, the rhymes just that brilliant little bit slower, as if the words are coming at you through a treacly fog, take some time to ooze themselves through the viscosity. Superb production from Castle to keep everything 'kind of' together — it takes real production smarts to be able to digitally create something with the looseness and feel of the analogue past, and he's come up with a masterpiece here. STILL haven't picked up their 'Live Like You're Dead' album yet, and this makes that all the more urgent a purchase. Excellent. 

Rikki Rocket 100 Sampler - Various - TIP Records

Incredibly perhaps, these four tracks come from the TIP universe’s hundredth album release. The sampler sports four numbers, with Rikki & Martian Arts’ own ‘Wave’, Duotekk’s ‘Zlow’, ‘One Time’ from Born Sleepy and possibly most gratifyingly ‘Into the Vortex’ from the back-on-board Man With No Name. Looking for psy FX excess? Keep walking. On the other hand, for dark, fabulously sculpted trance with Goan spice…

You Turn - Fantastic Mr Fox - Black Acre

A release with two distinct and different pressure points, Fantastic Mr Fox preludes his forthcoming 2015 album with ‘You Turn;’ a collaboration with vocalist, Kid A, that’s built squarely around her vocal and a clap-happy grime drum pattern. Keeping his hard low-end tight on the original, FMF anchors the searing vocal neatly whilst Visionist surgically picks apart the pixels, hooking onto a bass riff and adding a ghostly percussive gallop on his remix. 

Not Afraid - Betsie Larkin & Andy Moor - AVA Recordings

Last year this pair’s ‘Love Again’ visibly hit a chord (or several), to such a degree that they’re back for round two with ‘Not Afraid’. The infinitesimal balance between a vocalist and producer’s style, tone and approach falls elegantly and perfectly into step on Betsie & Andy’s sophomore effort. Holding absolute sway over the track’s midrange (long Andy’s particular forte), Betsie’s smoulder catalyses his sonics superbly.