The Black Madonna graces Chrissy Murderbot’s The Nite Owl Diner after a tidy release on neighbouring Chi-town label, Argot. Here, we have two tracks of chopped-up disco loops, treated with woozy effects and production retouches — on that vintage NYC bootleg tip. Killer tracks, with my favourite being the extra-special, kaleidoscopic rehash of Barbara Mason’s West End smash, ‘Another Man’. Top marks.
Having distanced themselves from that frequently (over)used and much abused chill-out tag, for which they became so well-known, Messrs Binns and Hardaker return once again for another lesson in perfectly pitched electronic pop. Taking in vocal-led, arpeggiated synth house, pitched down kosmiche and super smooth, late night 4/4 pop, it’s all about that sharp, smooth production style and their meticulous attention to detail.
Not content with rewiring the Detroit techno code with Ike Release as Innerspace Halflife, Hakim Murphy drops a killer analogue release. 'Has 1' is a driving, housey groove that gives way to eerie synths swooping in, while 'Has 2' sees him venture down a deeper route, back towards his Detroit techno sound. The highlight however is 'Silent Monk 2', a rough and raw percussive workout that centres on a searing bassline.
The pioneer of the freestyle movement’s latest production is a high energy, house-influenced, triplet stomper guaranteed to get any hard party rocking.