Review: Dimensions Recordings' fifth release is an LP by Turkey's most soulful: Kerem Akdag. His self titled debut album sees the Istanbul native deliver a mature piece of work that is bright and timeless - equally effective in the club as it is at home and brimming with the same ideas that have earned him releases on Apparel Music, Petra Digital and Darker Than Wax. Across eight tracks, Akdag demonstrates an extraordinary breadth of skills for such a young producer. From deep-down soul jams on the urban tip like "When I Think Of You" or "Isolated", through to straight -up, soulful and emotive UK inspired numbers like "Unite" or "Find Yourself" which are reminiscent of greats like 4hero or Bugz In The Attic. A great collection of tracks and highly recommended listening.
Review: Electro pushers Koova, Yes Effect and Pip Williams are back with their London Modular Alliance project, a consortium of sounds that clearly don't need much of an explanation. Their one rule is that this is all improv business, no mucking about with needless arrangements on tacky DAWs. This is the first Dimensions Recordings EP that's not a VA, so it's a tiny landmark for both them and the artists; the title tune "Hands & Brains" kicks off with a squelching acid stomper with an abrasive stomp of melodies, and "False Prophecy" is the point at which things take a turn for the electro nuttiness, all sombre and grey-scaled. On the flip, "Forbidden" takes the path down more tranquil waters with a peaceful balearic sway, and "I Settled For Her Leftovers" bumps out the bass good and proper, bruising us with its heavy-loaded sub-bass. Heavy gear!