Lulu Rouge - Bless YouMusic For Dreams
Lulu Rouge consists of Danish DJs Buda and T.O.M., long-time cohorts of Denmark’s other well-known House-master, Trentemoller, who contributes here on ‘Lulu’s Theme’. Unsurprisingly then, the music on ‘Bless You’ is, for the most part, techy, minimal (in the meaningful sense of the word) House music, under-pinned by big, reverberating bass-lines that are the result of a strong Dub Reggae influence. ‘Melankoli’, with vocals from Alice Carreri, is much like Eva Be’s Best7 productions, whilst the aforementioned ‘Lulu’s Theme’ has a definite Basic Channel meets Get Physical vibe about it. ‘Bless You’ certainly isn’t happy, sunshine music; it’s haunting, eerie music for the night, but, with Winter well and truly on its way, this could be just what you’re after.
Tom Breslin, 10/08
LyricL - UnequiVocalTokyo Dawn
"UnequiVocal" is an aptly title, for there may be no equal for the lyrical dexterity of poet and hip-hop lyricist Nkechi da LyricL (aka Lyric L). LyricL has performed with everyone from Mark De Clive Lowe, Bugz In The Attic and Aroop Roy just to name a few. "UnequiVocal" is her follow up to her smash debut "Amazed". Although that record dropped over six years ago she has seamlessly picked up where she left off. That means there's a myriad of rhythms tailored to her exceptional rhyming skills enhanced by a number of talented guests as well. On "Dreamstate" LyricL is joined by rapper 3rd Person and Breakplus to trade verses over a laid back boom bap beat. "Juxtapose" is an intoxicating Afro house number featuring Rachel Huggins and Shaun Ashby. "Expected To" featuring Daz-I-Kue is a wicked bruk beat track reminiscent of her work from the London broken beat scene from over a decade ago. That's just a sampling of the amount of gems spread across this record. I can easily go on but you need to listen for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.
Reg Dancy, 02/18