February 4, 2013  |   News

Point Blank Music & Club Recommendations: 4th February

Here’s a brand new feature from the team here at Point Blank, where we give our seal of approval to some of the music and events that are happening within a two-week period. This week we have, among others, releases from the likes of Petre Inspirescu and his fabric mix, Waifs & Strays, Laura Jones and newcomers Kahwe and Silk 86.

While, club-wise, we’ve kept it London-based for our first outing though national and international recommendations will soon be added to our list!

So here it is, enjoy!

ALBUM:

Petre Inspirescu – fabric 68 [Fabric]

A few years ago pioneers of Tech House, such as Ricardo Villalobos and Davide Squillace, pushed the limits between accepted genres and gave the world a new sound; a gift that has since been dragged through the mud of many after parties around the World, and sadly became synonymous with the consumption of expensive mojitos, lounging topless next to a warm pool featuring a background of sun and sand.

Yet far away from the beaches, in Eastern Europe, a handful of DJs latched onto the spirit of the original Tech House movement, and made it their own. With this Eastern European phase came the emergence of a new take on Techno, something that swayed between desolate German Techno and Latin Soulful House. Petre Inspirescu is one of these pioneers. He evolved within the Rumanian [a:rpia:r] label, home to artists such as Raresh, Rhadoo, Praslea and Dan Andrei. With this new mix he takes charge of the 68th opus for fabric’s coveted series. Recorded using solely his own productions, this mix is the first dive into Romanian Techno for fabric…and the result is darkly brilliant.

Fabric 68 is a 75-minute blend of the purest – constructed like a journey: we’re taken by train, Petre working his magic across the cold landscapes of Eastern Europe. The trip begins at dusk, the sun slowly fading. The smooth melodies commence with a light clarinet (an element rare enough in this genre to be noteworthy) which in turn give up their place to darker sounds, the rhythms and bass increasingly intensify, and the subtle appearance of new instruments, notably strings holds our attention.  At the arrival of the track Anima, we reach the tragic point of no return, enhanced by incessant violins and a poignant soprano voice which signals the complete disappearance of the sun. What follows is a progressively darker sound; melodies feel more distant, sometimes hardly suggested, notes become obsessions and keys are tortured mercilessly. Our dreams are filled with turbulence…

However, Petre has more than one trick up his sleeve: this journey doesn’t stop at night, but continues until dawn. The first rays of light are felt cascading down on our faces, dispersing the shadows, and the return of the sun feels good. The music captures the beauty of this “chiaroscuro” moment, peppering depth with a tired sweetness.

Inspirescu’s music breathes with Slavic melodies, tracks filled with rhythmic elements realised in disordered brilliance. The album is an invitation to a land of subtlety, as if Techno went to visit a Russian ballet, or as if Villalobos took a turn at conducting The Bolshoi Orchestra… the quality of the instruments, recorded by Inspirescu himself, give a pureness to his music. It sounds strangely real. A one-way ticket destined for the very heart of Romania.
Jonathan Cornacchia

SINGLES/EPs:

Kahwe – Driving Me Wild EP [Anjunadeep]

Preview

A newcomer to the scene, Kahwe lands firmly on his feet with this debut release on Anjunadeep. Comprised three original tracks, it’s a very assured and well-produced release that has been getting support from some big names – including Kerri Chandler. The first couple of tracks, Driving Me Wild and Anything, are uplifting dancefloor cuts both with a slight dash of old school to them. Meanwhile the closer, Yew, is a sombre rolling affair, which serves to bring the mood and tempo down a little. Excellent debut.

John Dimas – Living Lies LP [La Vie En Rose]

Preview

This six-track EP comes courtesy of Greek artist John Dimas, who puts together a brilliant selection of five original tracks with an added extra edit of Lee Marrow’s Pain. There’s plenty of old school flavour flowing through this EP, not least in the Marrow edit, which is one of our favourites on the EP – drop it in the middle of your set and you’ll get the dancefloor bouncing like there’s no tomorrow. Each track maintains a very deep presence, supported by straight-up 4×4 beats and subtle melodies. Mind Games being a slight exception with a more urgent, dramatic slant to it. A very worthwhile purchase.

Laura Jones – Sensoramic EP [Visionquest]

Preview

Coming off the back of a very successful 2012, which included a debut at DC10 in Ibiza, a tour of the States and her excellent Leftroom Presents… mix, Laura Jones starts 2013 with another big achievement – her debut Visionquest release. As you’d expect from Laura there’s plenty of depth, subtleties and nuances with a large helping of soul. Lead track Let Me In features an irresistable vocal, panpipes and chimes which surround a skippy beat and a silky smooth bassline. There’s also a dub mix, sans vocal – followed by Lose Myself, a sleak dubby workout and closer Every Thought wraps it all up with a melodramatic, high-pitched synths and moody strings.

Waifs & Strays – I Saw Yo Girl [Futureboogie]

Preview

Bristol duo Waifs & Strays throw down some hefty bass-orientated house music on this new EP, which finds a home on Bristolian label Futureboogie. It’s a perfect match, with the twosome kicking things off with the huge Acid Vox Edit of I Saw Yo Girl – a hip-house-esque, acid tinged banger. This is followed by the Dub Edit which strips the vocals down and lets the acid bleeps take centre stage. Finally, there’s Remedy which features strong clapping beats, an infectious soulful vocal snippet, bleepy synths and another hench bassline. Wicked!

Silk 86 – Clear Waters EP [Manucci's Mistress]

Preview

The brainchild of Finn Casey and Thomas L, Silk 86 is a new (proper) deep house project with its first release coming via Sccucci Manucci amusingly-titled sub-label Manucci’s Mistress. Both cuts are of the deep house realm, and by deep house we don’t mean pitched-down RnB vocals and big basslines. It’s sublime house with a mature approach, hypnotic and sensual, that will do the work on the dancefloor. We’ll be keeping an eye on Silk 86…

C.R.S.T. VS Chesus – Monster Munch EP [Local Talk]

Preview

More top quality house from one of the most reputable purveyors of good quality house music on the scene at the moment – Local Talk. The Swedish label has established itself as a great source of house music with a consistent output of predominantly nineties-inspired house music. This latest EP is no different, fusing the best elements of NY house and garage, C.R.S.T and Chesus get to work and throw down four great tracks. The title track Monster Munch, by C.R.S.T featuring another hot name The Organ Grinder, our pick of the bunch.

 EVENTS:

JETS debut at XOYO – Friday 8th February
Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar are JETS and their London debut takes place at XOYO this weekend. Be prepared for a solid selection of their own original works and support from Letherette, Akkord and more.
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Use Your Third Ear at Corsica Studios – Saturday 9th February
DJ Rolando headlines at this party, which is taking place in Elephant & Castle over the weekend. Our very own Ski Oakenfull will also be live and direct in the house, performing as Ayota!
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Zombie Soundsystem presents ‘My Bloody Valentine at Fire – Saturday 9th February
The ever-reliable Zombie Soundsystem crew present one of their biggest events to date at Vauxhall’s Fire nightclub. Pig & Dan and Acid Pauli are among the names on their stellar line-up.
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Way Back Here at Dance Tunnel – Friday 15th Feburary
Former Rinse FM DJ (now on NTS Live) Braiden will be on the bill at this event, which takes place at Dalston’s new basement venue the Dance Tunnel. Laizi, Anthony Mooney and Shango are also on hand to take you through to the early hours of Saturday!
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