James Huxley, London - United Kingdom - on 25/6/12
Joining Ame, Sven 'muscles' Weismann and BNJMN at Electric Minds Summer Session this Saturday, Idlehands' Kowton picks ten tracks that are doing it for him at the moment.
Kahn & Neek 'Percy' (Bandalu)
- Absolute belter of a grime tune, this ones been the best selling twelve in Idle Hands by a country mile. The flip 'Fierce' is killer too, 2003 styles updated for today.
Kowton 'Des Bisous' (Pale Fire)
- More grime influenced business, this ones the first 12" on my new label and probably my favourite of all the bits i've done over the years. It's rough and ready, and really not that fussed about whether or people like it or not.
Frozen Border 'Minutes In Ice' (Frozen Border)
- Outstanding compilation from one of the best UK techno labels out there. There's a wealth of dope tracks on here from everyone from Blawan to AnD and they're all proper low riding scuzzy affairs.
Alex Coulton 'Bounce' (999Ytivil)
- This ones the first release on Livity Sound spin-off dnuoS ytiviL. Probably my favourite Alex Coulton record yet: it's a tough rolling garage / techno piece that doesn't have to pastiche either to get the dancefloor moving. Pev's remix on the flip is standardly great.
Head High 'Rave' (Powerhouse)
- Big fuck off great rave monster of a techno beast from Shed, as usal for his Head High guise it's all rumbling bass and scuzzed-up ride cymbals. It's a little reminiscent of the 'Love Thing' record he did a couple of years back but that's no bad thing.
Function 'Obsessed' (Substance Remix) (Echochord)
- There's a lot of dub techno 12"s out there that aren't really doing it for me just now, this one though hits the nail on the head. It's hard to describe quite how or why this is but it's been on repeat in the Idle Hands shop for the past week.
Svengalisghost 'Mind Control' (L.I.E.S.)
- Brilliant low slung and evolving house from the L.I.E.S. camp. None of the tracks on here change that much but they really don't need to. Dope grooves aplenty, these sound like a NYC take on Omar S and that's really not a bad thing at all.
Manuel Gonzales 'Hardwear' (Wild Oats)
- Tough, stripped back grooves on Kyle Hall's label. Again the movement is subtle, but fucking hell is the under carriage a weighty beast. Can't wait to play this one on a system.
Fourtet 'Jupiters' (Text)
- Fourtet gets scuzzy on this one, 'Jupiters' is broken as hell and with plently of bottom end. The flip just rolls and rolls until one of his signature percussive melodies breaks things up to great effect. Nice to see Fourtet operating in a more direct dancefloor fashion.
Regis 'Ital' (Downwards)
- Proper techno. Any other comment wouldn't do the man justice.
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