18 for 2018, #12: String Theory

String Theory – Modularity (Rhythm Section International). This excellent four-tracker from Glasgow, on Peckham’s always-interesting Rhythm Section label, dropped out of nowhere in April. Opening track Dirty High is the instant winner, channelling early Floating Points-style swung house drums with analogue arpeggios, live bass and light-fingered Rhodes keys, but the one I’ve returned to most… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #12: String Theory

18 for 2018, #11: Fourth Kind

Fourth Kind ‎– Fourth Kind (Omniverse). Much like his former 4hero partner Dego, Marc Mac has been steadily ploughing his own personal furrow through post-broken-beat music, from the politicised hip hop of his sample-driven ‘beats & knowledge’ mixtapes to the organic Detroit-inspired techno of his long-running Nu Era project. This year’s Fourth Kind album is… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #11: Fourth Kind

Playlist: The Drake, Glasgow, 15th November 2013

For the past couple of years, on most Friday nights, I've been lucky enough to play four hours of soul, jazz, hip hop, house and techno at one of my favourite pubs, The Drake in Glasgow. Here's a snapshot of last week's selections for anyone interested. One of these days I might even get round… Continue reading Playlist: The Drake, Glasgow, 15th November 2013

Ian o’Brien – Natural Knowledge

As Ian’s now got a load of new and old stuff available to buy on Bandcamp, I thought I’d pick out a personal fave from his awesome back catalogue. From 1999’s Gigantic Days album on Peacefrog, this is simply one of the most life-affirming, joyous pieces of electronic music I’ve ever heard. Using an ingenious flip… Continue reading Ian o’Brien – Natural Knowledge