Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 | Sounds
BBE have been on form in recent months with some great releases. First up is Night Dubbin‘ - a fine collection of disco, boogie and proto house, compiled by Dimitri from Paris (and with one of the discs mixed by The Idjut Boys). The compilation focuses on dubbed-out (re)mixes from the likes of Francois Kevorkian, Larry Levan, Paul Simpson and Shep Pettibone. The Idjut Boys do a great job on the mix cd but the reason to own this compilation is the 21 unmixed songs - all of them complete gems. Given that the original 12″ versions of many of the tracks collected here are quite sought after, this compilation is essential for anyone that has even a passing interest in disco and the roots of house. Included in the liner notes are interviews with Francois Kevorkian, Paul Simpson and John Morales, who give the back-story and explain their techniques used in creating the dub mix.
Second up is The Grandfather Paradox, a release which I’ve been meaning to write a little about since it was released few months ago. Compiled and mixed by Henrik Schwarz, Ame and Dixon, the collection is their take on minimal music. I don’t usually go for mix cd’s as there’s a wealth of great mixes online, but this release is all about how the Innervisions crew put together music from a quite a varied list of artists reaching all the way back to the 1960’s. The mix is impeccably programmed and paced, bringing together music from the usual minimal suspects (Steve Reich, Robert Hood, Moondog), contemporary electronic producers (I:Cube, Richie Hawtin, Theo Parrish), as well as some less obvious choices (Cymande, Arthur Russell, Can). Well worth checking out.
Also, worth checking out is BBE sub-label R2. The output from Floating Points (a firm fixture on my weekly radio show) has been, quite deservedly, gaining quite a bit of attention this year. His productions range from wonky Flying Lotus style beats, to dub-step, to mid-tempo deep house - all quality. His current single on R2 ‘Love Me Like This’ is an addictive, slow building house track based around a sample from boogie outfit Real To Reel. You can check out forthcoming productions from Floating Points in mixes here and here. Also, forthcoming on R2 is a new album from Karizma - no doubt he’ll be dropping some goodness.