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Leftfield - Single Reviews - 558

Singles - Leftfield - Issue 558

Floating Points

Kuiper

Pluto

10
According to the theory of controlled chaos: “Any chaotic attractor contains an infinite number of unstable, periodic orbits. Chaotic dynamics, then, consists of a motion where the system state moves in the neighborhood of one of these orbits for a while, then falls close to a different unstable, periodic orbit where it remains for a limited time, and so forth. This results in a complicated and unpredictable wandering over longer periods of time.” Therein lies the secret of this absolute masterpiece! All 18 minutes and one second of it.

El Michels Affair

'4th Chamber/Snakes ft Lee Fields'

Big Crown

8.5
This has been out a while now, but it’s too damn good to let slip by unannounced. Featuring on their forthcoming album ‘Return to the 37th Chamber’, the band's tribute to The Wu continues. This time its GZA’s ‘Liquid Swords’ track ‘4th Chamber’ that gets the EMA treatment with fuzzed-up, espionage-inspired aplomb. On the reverse, they team up with long-standing, soul man Lee Fields for a beautiful piece of tempo-shifting soul. Great single.

Martux_M Crew & Markus Stockhausen

'Atlas EP'

Resiliens

7.5
Definitely one for fans of Murcof and Thomas Fehlmann, this project unifies the live (trumpets and flugelhorns courtesy of Stockhausen, son of the legendary Karlheinz Stockhausen) with the electronic via Crew, culminating in a deep exploration of warm and ice-cold electronica. Definitely full of cinematic emotion it ticks the boxes of those seeking late-night introspection.

King Khan

'Children Of The World'

Merge Records

7.5
Despite being released as a one-off 7”, this track — from garage/psych front man of King Kahn & The Shrines — actually features on a soundtrack to a forthcoming film called The Invaders (about a militant civil rights group from Memphis, Tennessee, apparently). Judging by this raw-funk banger, which features hard drum breaks, sweet guitar licks and Kahn’s tough, rasping vocal, it could be a bit of a goodie. Authentic funk/soul business!

Kikagaku Moyo

'Green Sugar'

GuruGuru Brain

8.0
A well balanced production for Tokyo based Kikagaku Moyo that straddles the more whimsical world of folk based psychedelia and a heavier more distorted kraut rock approach. ‘Green Sugar’, captures the West Coast meets Dusseldorf aesthetic perfectly. Mellow, loungey and suggestive, before ascending into a perfect riot of cacophony. Love this!

Rich Medina

'Jump ‘n’ Funk '

BBE

8.0
Rich Medina’s ‘Jump ‘n’ Funk’ club night compilation is the culmination of 15 years worth of parties under the same moniker, that pay tribute to Fela Kuti and the spirit of Afrobeat. This sampler gives a great idea of what it’s all about, from influenced covers like the Original Nairobi Afro Band’s take of ‘Soul Makossa (No.1)’ to an original cut (‘Stalemate’) by the man himself. All underpinned by the ubiquitous Tony Allen literal ‘Afro beat’. Class.

BocaWoody

'NW/SW EP1'

BocaWoody Recordings

8.0
Some might call it a meeting of minds. Others may call it a marriage made in heaven. Whatever it is, you just know that anything that involves Boca 45 and DJ Woody is going to be something special. Combining their penchant for b-boy inspired, cut-and-paste antics, they also venture into the realms of old school electro boogie, bass-driven club jams and soundtrack-inspired oddities. Get involved folks.

Henri-Pierre Noel

'The Reflex Revisions'

Wah Wah

7.5
With an ever-burgeoning roster and regular as clockwork releases, it’s no surprise that this package of remixes of the unearthed Haitian pianist courtesy of The Reflex has taken a while to surface. If clavinet funk is your thing, head for his cover of the Walter Murphy disco classic ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ or for a more tropical buzz, try the borrowed phrasing of ‘Back Home’.

Murcof & Wagner

'What Arms Are These for You!'

Infine

9.0
Making a welcome return to these pages the ever-brilliant Mexican maestro Murcof teams up with experienced classical pianist Vanessa Wagner for this beautiful and emotive foray into sparse, classical electronica. Focusing on the works of minimalist composer Erik Satie and in house, Infine talent David Moore, the two go about their way with beautifully delicate and counterbalanced efficiency. The result is a lesson in modern-day minimalism that Satie would have been proud of.