Various Artists - Rapscallions EP
One of those great little oases of techno in London, Save You Records line up four tracks that cut across the genre to mark their 20th birthday. Hypercolour co-owner Ste Roberts yanks you straight into the swollen 3 AM melee of a darkened warehouse with "Tram and Pier," a heads-down jam with jacking Detroit signifiers and a submarine-deep bass thump. Roberts then hands over his own "Week 8" to fellow Yorkshireman Youandewan. With a taut, woody, metronomic click as its backbone, Ewan Smith takes it down the Basic Channel route; it's dub techno spliced to a murky reggae bassline, with itchy synth blips and percussive tics scuttling over it like roaches.
Kris Wadsworth's reworking of MarcAshken's "Feeders" is twisted techno of the head-nodding, late night shuffle variety, with wobbling bass and nagging synth digs. It's rounded off by Jay Tripwire's own edit of "Sad and Beautiful World," a sprawling, trippy groove with jagged, echo-laden keys.
Thu / 6
A1 Ste Roberts - Tram and Pier
A2 Ste Roberts - Week 8 (Youandewan remix)
B1 MarcAshken - Feeders (Kris Wadsworth's Red Tape remix)
B2 Jay Tripwire - Sad and Beautiful World edit