Sound engineer and educator, recent Master of Sonic Arts and currently working towards his PhD, examining the potential of biosignals as a performance tool, Niall Coughlan aka 2BiT gives us his tips for tunes in-coming. RUDI ZYGADLO: RESEALABLE FRIENDSHIP CAT: ZIQ264 LABEL: PLANET MU RELEASED: 29TH MARCH FORMAT: 12"/ DIGITAL
An unholy union of dubstep attitude and pop hooks, these are some of the freshest sounding tracks to come my way in quite a while! Won't appeal to everyone but much kudos is due for daring to take the 'formula' in a new direction. Remix duties are handled by the mighty Starkey who turns in a bleepy mix with a dose of wonk and Slugabed does his best to drown the original in surging bass and drum choppage. The EP is rounded off with the downright weird staggering 'Udo and the Clave'. His sound referencing everything from Joker to Zappa this EP promises well for Rudi's upcoming album ‘Great Western Laymen’. One to watch...
Artist: Kyle Hall Name: Kaychunk / You Know What I Feel Format: 12” vinyl / mp3 Label: HYPERDUB [HDB032] Release Date: 15/03/2010
On opener 'Kaychunk' syncopated drums bump and sway under lush detroit strings and synths joining the dots between Detroit techno and LA's hiphop soul sound. On the flip the woozy vibe continues with a shuffling yet driving drum pattern underpinning drifting chords. Ultimately despite their strengths both tracks begin and end without ever really going anywhere, though the journey is nice enough.