Spaces - One
Showcasing a wide range of styles and production talent, the EP opens with the frantic rush of beats and hushed voices of 'Apologies' before a reese-like bassline slices through the mix, coming across like a darkside SND remix. Next up is 'Outside In' bridging the gap between EDMX style electro-funk & Gescom-style glitch. On the flip we are presented with 'Lever', a broken techno track of the highest calibre, chopped snares and a off-kilter acid line whipped together to devastating effect while the EP's coda, 'In Wait' combines a kaleidoscope of beats transported through an ambient techno mainframe before fading into oblivion.
Spaces - Two
With the opening track 'Make The Switch', Spaces reveals his most dancefloor-friendly cut to date. Although be warned, with its unexpected piercing distortions and glassy siren hits, this is not for a faint-hearted dancefloor. Chase Back follows up with a 4/4 groove built around a loud, cacophonous build, which crescendos to a new plateau bound to please more adventurous DJs looking for a segue tool. On the other side 'Noon To' creates a feeling of claustrophobia, an ever-approaching drum pattern closes in on your senses then distortions make way for an eerie multi-coloured calm in the storm making this the standout song of the EP. For the final track, Mark Fell re-imagines 'Make The Switch' as an intricate plethora of percussion rolling and tumbling its way through a playful logic that is distinctive and can only be his own.
Nozinja - Wa Chacha
Two very different takes on the same song. ‘Wa Chacha’; produced by two artists at the top of their game with a mere distance of 8,000 miles separating their respective hometowns. Nozinja wrote the original song and was asked by Bleep to collaborate with Tessela for this special one-off 12 release.
Tessela – the UK based producer gaining attention through skilfully blurring the boundaries between techno, jungle and fractured rhythmical structures through his incredible releases on R&S Records, Punch Drunk and of course his incredible break-out self-released track ‘Hackney Parrot’ and work with brother Truss as Overmono, jumped at the opportunity to work with the genre-pioneering South African producer.
Untold - That Horn Track
A stand-out track from that compilation was Untold's incredible 'That Horn Track'. After being premiered on Pearson Sound's excellent Resident Advisor mix, on release, the track gained further play from Mary-Anne Hobbs, James Blake and Tessela on their respective BBC Radio shows and residencies.
Now finally seeing a single release, Bleep invited Berlin techno royalty Marcel Dettmann to remix the track for the flip side of the 12. Having formerly released on their Green Series techno project, Marcel returns to Bleep in glorious form as he transforms Untold's hectic original composition into a slow-building sublime exercise in dread-techno production.
Zap Francis - Zap Francis EP
When Black Milk (rapper and producer from Detroit) was questioned on where the tracks came from, he answered: “Zap Francis gave them to me”.
With this debut E.P., Zap delivers 6 tracks of instrumental hip-hop that soundtracks journeys across intergalactic realms. From the opening hi-hat of shuffle and bass and synth-line drops of ‘Scuffer’, you know what you are dealing with here. The soothing tones of ‘Spirit Felt’ shows a more delicate side to the mysterious producer. From the neck-snapping snares of ‘Chime End’ to the frenetic closing track of ‘Age Of’, the self-titled marks a new era of Zap…
- 1 Apologies Spaces 5:21
- 2 Outside In Spaces 5:37
- 3 Lever Spaces 4:56
- 4 In Wait Spaces 6:18
- 5 Make The Switch Spaces 5:45
- 6 Chase Back Spaces 4:04
- 7 Noon To Spaces 7:56
- 8 Make The Switch (Mark Fell Remix) Various Artists 6:20
- 9 Wa Chacha (Nozinja Version) Nozinja 4:17
- 10 Wa Chacha (Tessela Version) Nozinja / Tessela 4:43