JUICE mag swings its heavyweight over to recommend a smattering of new local releases out of Singapore. Welcome to the sunny island, where a new moon is arising, out of the stormy sea.
Iueke – Tapes
What’s the buzz: Gwen Jamois recorded this mindboggling stretch of techno in a London reggae studio back in 1991. And here it is 21 years later, finally seeing the light of day.
Sounds like: Unearthed from a pile of dusty cassettes, this curiously inscrutable analog freak exists in a stylistic vacuum and it’s astounding. When even Aphex Twin is perplexed, you know it’s something special.
Prediction: We’ve never heard anything like this before, and probably never will again. Well, unless Iueke decides to release more ancient artifacts from his treasure trove.
Need For Mirrors & Kiat – Badfellaz
What’s the buzz: Piping hot drum & bass duo (Joe Moses & Emilio Dimitri) join forces with Syndicate-head Kiat and the results are massive.
Sounds like: Moody, futuristic and an absolute killer. It’s aptly named and aptly reps the craftsmen behind it.
Prediction: People (us at least) are gonna wanna hear more from this interesting team-up so we certainly hope that this isn’t a one-off.
Pocket Magik – Cloudy
What’s the buzz: Kurt (Clash the Disco Kids) and Melvin (Betaphats) have unprotected studio bromance and out came a pocketful full of magic.
Sounds like: A hazy, nostalgic daydream.
Prediction: Cloudy is just one of many gems in Pocket Magik’s debut record, This Is The Place, and the release will undoubtedly impress.
Pearson Sound - Untitled
What’s the buzz: David Kennedy aka Ramadanman aka Pearson Sound first dropped this surprise on the Boiler Room and we’re happy to see that it has a proper release now.
Sounds like: Not much thought went into the name but the same can’t be said for the song. It’s a monochrome masterpiece filled with detached vocals, vintage drum machines and plenty of sub bass.
Prediction: People will love this but lots of folks are gonna be annoyed that it’s equally lovely B-side, Footloose, only comes in 12” wax form.
Diphasic – In Cold Blood
What’s the buzz: Local drum & bass producer Diphasic has been on our radar for a while and we couldn’t resist checking out his awesome new solo EP titled In Cold Blood.
Sounds like: The normally ragga-tinged Diphasic goes for a more sinister slant in this EP and this title track is one of his harder-edged highlights.
Prediction: With talent like this no wonder overseas labels like London’s Danger Chamber are clamouring for him. Diphasic’s set to make his mark.