Review: Hot on the heels of Put Your Weight On It, his excellent recent EP for Running Back, Todd Osborn returns to Jared Wilson's label, 7777, with another dose of hard-to-pigeonhole dancefloor funk. "Throwdown" sets the tone, melding raw machine beats with rave-era acid bass, Belgian techno stabs and near psychedelic electronics. "Over & Over" , meanwhile, laces UK garage style melodies, darting synths and punchy vocal samples over a vintage house breakbeat. That track is given the remix treatment by MRSK, who turns it into an unfeasibly intense, jacking chunk of vintage acid house. It's the aural equivalent of being violently assaulted down a dark alley, only with less blood and more dancing.
Review: Multi-track re-edits, where producers utilize the instrumental and vocal parts found on studio master tapes, are all the rage right now. While the Rephlex crew and Joey Negro are the most famous exponents of the art, Galaxy Sound Co regular Kadena has previously proved to be rather adept at it, too. Here the little-known producer channels the spirit of original disco remixer Walter Gibbons, first to provide a lolloping, groove-based revision of Instant Funk's intergalactic Salsoul classic "I Got My Mind Made Up" (side A), and then to deliver a similarly minded take on First Choice's "Let No Man Put Asunder". Like its A-side companion, it's warmer, looser and predominantly instrumental, with judicious use of key vocal passages.