Christopher Tignor
Spotlight 13

Advanced Dreams
Federico Albanese
Matthew Barlow
Bruno Bavota
Black Unicorn
Borghi & Teager
Carla Bozulich
Chris Campbell
Deadbeat / Paul St Hilaire
Detroit Swindle
Donato Dozzy & Nuel
Yair Etziony
Lewis Fautzi
Mark Harris
Hideyuki Hashimoto
Listening Mirror
Lost Trail
Machine Code
Yann Novak
Michael Robinson
Mariano Rodriguez
Dana Ruh
Janek Schaefer
Sketches for Albinos
Jakob Skøtt
Talk West
Christopher Tignor
Scott Worthington

Compilations / Mixes
Generation Hyper
Sharam Jey

EPs / Singles
Children of the Stones
Dexta & Hyroglifics
dock 1
Dream Weapons
FFM Vol. 2 EP
Glory Club
Nightstalker EP

Dexta & Hyroglifics: Boxgroove / Move Over / The Dogz
Diffrent Music

This three-track EP is a fine follow-up to Diffrent Music's recent Evolution Of The Giraffe LP collection, with the imprint once again showing that while it makes sense for its music to be associated with the drum'n'bass genre label, it's in no way delimited by it. On the fifteen-minute EP, Chris Dexta (Diffrent Music manager) and Hyroglifics (Guildford-based Matt Harris) team up for a joint track and contribute solo cuts, too. Powered by a punchy, neck-slapping pulse, their collab “Boxgroove” catches one's attention with a filthy bass lurch and crushing drum patterns that alternate between a slow crawl and rapid scurry. Bolstered by an army of noises generated by the Roland MC303 Groovebox, the tune's a head-spinner of the first order which, like the bloodiest car wreck, is pretty much impossible to ignore. Hyroglifics' “Move Over” then relocates the EP within hip-hop territory, combining as it does an MC's monotone chant with a swaggering, snare-popping groove that writhes and rolls with fiery determination. Dexta likewise transports the release into a different zone when “The Dogz,” his first solo effort, offers a dizzying, switched-up take on jungle (‘giraffe-jungle' he calls it) that in its incorporation of gravelly patois calls to mind dBridge's recent “Move Way” and its own dreadwise speechifying of a Jamaican rastaman. Obviously one could do worse than find one's work spoken of in the same breath as dBridge's.

March 2014