Robopubez (Rust In Peace) – Manakinz

I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. I hadn’t come across these guys before – a Glaswegian duo called Manakinz (James ‘Harri’ Harrigan and Max Raskin) – but what they’ve created is an absolute monster. It’s a grotty kind of house track with a spine-tingling, industrial kind of vibe. I’ll say it again, it’s a monster.

Shout out to Ben Gomori for getting this out on his label Monologue Records. Check out the rest of the EP for some freshness from Paxton Fettell and Kristy Harper.

Bodily Functions – Herbert

When Matthew Herbert wants to do something weird, he becomes Herbert. And boy does he do it well.

Bodily Functions is his album from 2001. It’s all somewhere between jazz, electronica and house. It’s slinky. Highlights are It’s Only (made famous by DJ Koze) and my favourite, down at track 14, is The Audience.

And by the way, this guy does zero sampling and uses zero drum machines or synths. AND all of these tracks include samples of the human body. Crazy.

Bonus track: I Hadn’t Known (I Only Heard) and it’s only from 1998! It has just been re-issued and it sounds as fresh as you like.

Chorus – Kink

Want something with a drop? I’ve got it for you. It’s the Bulgarian master Kink with Chorus. It builds, it bubbles, it crashes, and then at around 3:30 it speeds and rotates until you think it can’t build anymore, and it does, and then at 4 minutes it’s full peak dropness. Love it. Turn it up to full beans for full benefit.

Did you enjoy this? Did you? Here’s some of my other favourite Kink tracks.

Pleasure Moon – Marcus Marr

This guy is. For. Real. He’s probably best known for his work with Chet Faker (aka Nick Murphy), but Marcus is so talented that he can pretty much produce a hit in any genre, and play most of the instruments as well. As if that’s not enough, he’s one of the most respected DJs in the game, playing the top of Berlin’s scene.

Having bigged him up, his releases are actually a bit hit and miss – probably because he plays with so many genres and influences. So what I’ve done is picked two of his darker numbers for you. First up we have Pleasure Moon – a rolling, percussive, sexy trip through the night.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5I2asYxhTQnBHpHFocwG3e?si=Ie-VqTF0S3CqN0lYV2bnYQ

And second it’s Gerd Janson’s take on High Times. It comes firing straight out of the blocks; it’ll grab you by the scruff of the neck and not let go for another 7 minutes. So I hope you like!

https://open.spotify.com/track/0DD86Aq7nd405RgOxaAnxj?si=qPwpAqlfTue2CjGZByaZZg

Life Signs Vol.1 – Dusky

First up, I can’t describe this new 3-track release by Dusky without loving on the name of the first track; Boris Borisson’s Trip To Morissons. I mean, what are they thinking? And why? I love it.

Anyway, to the music – it is another consistent (read, massive) release from the lads from London. It delivers just what you’d expect – some ethereal cords, some tasty nostalgic vocal samples, and some even more tasty breaks. Sharp.

A line paraphrased from the review on RA: Dusky deliver the “general feeling of roofs being raised”. And if you want to do just that, you’re in luck – join in for their 5th in a series of 8 hour sets at Mick’s Garage this Saturday. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

More Dusky loving by me here.