A new mixbag of tunes from the JUICE camp brightens up this October end, featuring the likes of Kid Koala, Jerls, Gema, Brenmar and Nosaj Thing and their very latest.
Kid Koala – 8 Bit Blues (Chicago to LA to NY)
What’s The Buzz: After doing multi-disciplinary science fairs and illustrating a graphic novel, the cuddliest turntablist alive heads back into the lab for a new joint.
Sounds Like: A bebop meets hip-hop take on the blues made almost entirely on a vintage E-mu SP-1200 sampler.
Prediction: This wacky, wonderful and whisky-stained collage of harmonica soul and piano rolls makes a splendid addition to Ninja Tune’s leftfield canon.
Koreless – Lost In Tokyo (Gema Refix)
What’s The Buzz: We’ve picked Koreless here a couple of times (even last month!) but this one has less to do with him and more to do with a certain Syndicate boy wonder.
Sounds Like: Wandering around a cold, colourful Asian metropolis with Sofia Coppola and Mount Kimbie.
Prediction: You’ll go over to syndicatesg.bandcamp.com/album/before and buy Gema’s new EP, Before, right about… now.
Nosaj Thing feat. Kazu Makino – Eclipse/Blue
What’s The Buzz: It’s been radio silence for Jason Chung since he gifted us with Drift, but the lad’s back with a new LP called Home slated for January 2013.
Sounds Like: Featuring vocals from Kazu Makino, this pretty much sounds like a Blonde Redhead track doused in Nosaj’s typically eerie soundscape.
Prediction: This is just an ethereal precursor to what should be another brilliant outer realm offering from the LA beatsmith.
Jerls – Moss
What’s The Buzz: Home Club’s resident bass banger forays into new pastures and textures after impressing us all with his Owvle EP.
Sounds Like: An oriental boat drifting in grey winds, anchored by the low end, but bathed in pristine sunshine.
Prediction: Jerls’ journey from filthy wobbles to more delicate dimensions proves to be as intriguing as it is refreshing.
Brenmar – Children of The Night
What’s The Buzz: Brenmar’s remaking Kevin Irving’s 1987 house anthem and he’s recruited Kaleena Zanders to provide some downright diva-licious vocals.
Sounds Like: Liquid bass and bouncy steel perforate the Chicago-born DJ’s version, making for an up-tempo stunner.
Prediction: Not gonna be a time-weathered classic like the Trax original, but this one’s still excellent in its own right.