Post Style: Albums of the Month
Cohen, Andrew, The Birmingham Post (England)
Peanut Butter Wolf. My Vinyl Weighs a Ton (Copasetik Recordings). Fantastic slice of old school hip hop turntablism from Bay Area Chris Wolf which features some of the sharpest cutting and scratching you're likely to hear. The revival of hip hop shows no signs of abating with the Invisible Skratch Pickls, DJ Triangle, Mixmaster Mike and Kid Koala all flying the funky flag. PBW looks set to join the elite with this set. Check Tale of Five Cities, a nine-minute scratchfest featuring a dozen of the world's top turntablists.
Manu Chao. Clandestino (Palm Pictures). Proving you don't need technology to make dance music is this unexpected treat from the guiding light behind much-missed Manu Negra. This is a rootsy cross-cultural romp through Mr Chao's Franco-Latin influences, beautifully recorded and ambitious. There's a beating heart to these 16 tracks which simply entrances.
Sasha & John Digweed. Expeditions (INCredible). The latest outing from the Northern Exposure crew puts Sasha and Digweed back at the top of the tree. Their Renaissance set of five years ago arguably started the mix CD business bandwagon. Here they expertly mix up a two CD journey which is as atmospheric as it is kicking. The way they set up a mood and then sustain it is breathtaking. This is dance as full sensual immersion. Music you can swim in. Awesome.
Space Raiders. Don't Be Daft (Skint). Bit of a pot and kettle naming scenario here as this is one of the daftest albums you'll hear for a while. New Skint signings Space Raiders are the good time missing link between big beat and glam rock. The opening 20 minutes of the album is a rollercoaster ride of glitter beats, seventies samples and twisted production. Taking their name from one fourth division crisp brand, Space Raiders will probably be bigger than the Beatles. If you like the Bentleys, you'll love this.
Various. More Signs of Life (Blue Room Released). Ambient compilation of the month from dependable Blue Room, the main selling point is the inclusion of a new Orb remix in the shape of Anesthesia's Dirty Kiss. The dubby vibes are prominent and the bass is deep. Standout tracks include Greg Hunter's remix of Spiritfeel's Hipslow and the Bill Burroughs-sampling Science Lab by Cosmos Diplomath.
Mijk Van Dijk. Teamwork (Superstition). Quality melodic techno from Germany's Mijk van Dijk featuring collaborations with Humate, Claude Young, Thomas Schumacher, Johannes Talirz, Quazar, Tobynation and Paul M. This music really is best left to the Germans, nobody does it better. If you're a fan of label-mate Oliver Lieb this should be at the top of your list.
Da Goose. Materialistik. (A1) Jeffrey De Gans isn't really a goose at all. He's a Dutch space electro funkster with an ear for house and techno and an eye on the dancefloor. This is a varied romp through modern dancestyles which is accessible and authentic.
Prodigy present the Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1 (XL Recordings). In which the Prod's Liam Howlett gets back to his b-boy roots and mixes up a dextrous 50 minutes of cutting, scratching and crossfading. If you buy this expecting more Prodigy-like action, be warned, this is made of rootsier stuff. …