01. ‘Everything Is Known’ Mock & Toof (Tiny Sticks/M&T Inc) A fantastic track taken from the soon to be hot off the press brand new Mock & Toof 2nd album. Ever so cool with a slight urban tinge to it…..a piece of blatant shameless self promotion!
02. ‘Emotion’ (Original mix) Dorisburg (Kann Records) Nice piece of deep atmospheric house with a dash of emotion thrown in.
03, ‘Snooze 4 Love’ Todd Terje (Running Back) I love the musicality and purity of this track… simple but so effective……a nice way to unravel after a hard night.
04. ‘Break In At Apartment 205’ Swazak v Theorem (M_Nus) Classic deep and minimal house with loads of atmosphere and moodiness.
05. ‘Voyeurism’ Claro Intelecto (Delsin) Deep Techno at its very best… dark with enough melody to draw you in again and again.
06. ‘African Flower’ (Cosmic Dub Mix) Juju & Jordash (Aesthetic Audio) Nice soft rolling analog bass and repetitive pianos that takes you on a long journey deep into the groove.
07. ‘Shining’ Peace Orchestra (G Stone Recordings) Electronica at its best. Sparse and spacious with a killer vox.
08. ‘Triangle’ Sounds From The Ground (Upstream Records) A truly classic trippy dubby cut from back in the day but still one of the best.
09. ‘Love Moves The Sun’ Temple Of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali (Real World) Live dub… you can’t beat live musicians jamming.
10. ‘This Is How We walk On The Moon’ Arthur Russell (Point Music) Poignant and timeless.
London based imprint Teng launch this July with the fantastic ‘AKRASounds Vol.1’ by Nick Woolfson aka AKRA including a remix from Neville Watson.
Nick Woolfson, as one half of Mock & Toof has built a reputation for producing quality underground deep house and nu-‐disco, releasing with the likes of Mule Musiq, DFA and Tiny Sticks / M&T, as well as remixing reputable artists such as Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Zero 7, Hot Chip and Ladyhawke. Now Woolfson moves into techno territory with this new side project as AKRA.
Opening track ‘Black Sands’ utilizes skippy, broken percussion and a subtle bass line that warbles softly in the background yet adds a substantial amount of low-‐end depth. The melodic aesthetics take on Detroit influences with cavernous reverbs on moody pads and an eight note hooky stab sequence. Sporadic claps creep in to further fuel the drum shuffle adding a trippy edge.
British Techno artist Neville Watson steps in to rework B-‐Side, ‘Dust To Dirt’, employing his intensive analogue workout to the composition. From the off the drums scream power with punchy kicks, crispy claps and rolling hats leading the way, while a flourishing delayed synth adds a further sense of excitement as the track builds. Watson manages to completely transform the feel of the original yet maintains enough of the original vibe to make it instantly recognisable as a remix. As with all his works there is an underlying sense of wisdom and experience attached that add another number to his consistently outstanding melancholic productions.
‘Dust To Dirt’ closes the release, a pulsating techno track driven by resonant base notes and a fluttering synth. A simple sturdy drum pattern eases things along while the melodic elements carry its weight. AKRA builds on the progressive hook with modulation and filter rises to create an ever-‐evolving movement throughout.