Subeena – 'Solidify/ Analyse' (Planet Mu)
After a string of 12’s on a variety of labels including her own (now defunct) Immigrant/ Imminent Recordings, this double A is Subeena’s debut release on Planet Mu (enjoying another phenomenal year). ‘Solidify’ features Jamie Woon on vocals and Sa Ra’s Om ‘Mas Keith on Rhodes and bass and is a gorgeous bewitching brew. Woon wraps a gentle soul croon around some spaced lyrics (I took a moment to breathe/ yeah it was liquid indeed” and later “if only
Eskmo – Let Them Sing/From The Standpoint
In a previous edition of Mix Roundup, I linked to a mix by San Francisco beatsmithEskmo, a trip through his own productions and remixes. Happily, Planet Mu has seen fit to give his new single wide release and based on these two tracks, I can only hope there is more to come. “Let Them Sing” is a bass drum heavy giant, with a creaking reflex underneath the beat, lovely synth work pushing the momentum along, with the vocoder title repeated throughout, giving us a
Reviewed by Ben Murphy Source: (Fact Magazine)
Someone’s slipped something freaky into Ikonika’s crunk juice. Or at least that’s how it seems on new cut ‘Smuck’, which sees the Hyperdub regular releasing on Planet Mu for the first time. Taking a leaf out of Joker’s purple G-funk book, then scribbling mad psychedelic synth doodles all over it, this is dubstep viewed through a Dirty South, Herbie Hancock-on-blotters fisheye lens. Insane and impossible to categorise, then.
The flipside sees her
Geiom & Shortstuff: No Hand Signals / Wardenclyffe
Planet Mu continues its attempt at world domination with another steamy two-tracker, this one from Geoim and Shortstuff who manage to squeeze a wealth of innovation into a ten-minute running time. Sounding like it's playing at 78 rpm, “No Hand Signals” digs into a rollicking, hyperactive mix of tight, dubstep-rooted beat structures and agitated synth stabs that unspools frenetically without going out of control. Dizzying too is the flip's “Wardenclyffe,”
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