Music: Sound Sonar – Our Guide to this Week’s Best Releases

The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight recommends his favourite releases for the week commencing January 6th, featuring T.Jacques, Raz & Alfa, and Taro Division.


The second in our new features, the Sound Sonar aims to bring you a selection of our favourite releases for the week ahead. Singles, EPs, albums – all are fair game, and we’ll be including the best in non-commercial electronic music, hopefully covering as much of the gamut in the process.

This week, we have three singles, all differing wildly in style. House, Afro-house, and techno are all covered as we travel across the spectrum of electronic music. Take a listen to the tracks, below.

T. Jacques – Les Bois (Tessellate)

Picking up the tech-house mantle (in its original Plink Plonk et al sense), T.Jacques hits the Tessellate imprint with two original tracks and three solid remixes.

Les Bois commences proceedings with its skittering percs and iconic acid squiggles that dominate the bassline. The second track, Katsu, comes in with a sweet breakbeat and low-key organ stabs, before a delightful 303 enters the fray to dominate the bottom end.

Samo offer the first remix of Le Bois, injecting a housier vibe into the track, complete with swirling pads and thoroughly danceable bass affectations. Ed Herbst is up next, sticking with the house slant while taking things down a deeper pathway. Tape Fear stamps a dubby, club trax style onto Les Bois, giving the track a distinctly different feel.

T. Jacques Les Bois was released via Tessellate on January 6th. Grab a copy here.

Raz & Alfa – No Touch (Beating Heart)

Bassically‘s Raz Olsher and Ghana’s Alfa Sackey join forces with monumental effect, as they drop neatly into the Beating Heart fold with their glorious Afro-house jam, No Touch.

Alfa provides the organic percussion and vocals on the track, which are backed up by a contagiously grooved-out bassline boasting a depth rivaled by Ghana’s Lake Bosumtwi.

Africa’s rich musical heritage courses through the track’s veins as we are taken on a blissful journey across the continent. This is a unique example of the Afro-house sound that perfectly brings together man and machine to deliver a triumphant single.

Raz & Alfa  No Touch is released by Beating Heart on January 10th.

Taro Division – Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D (Taro Records)

My personal favourite this week comes from Portsmouth-based Taro Records’ founder Elliot Cronin AKA Taro Division. He runs the label alongside Aaron Udy, and the two also perform live and produce together under the Syrette moniker.

The curiously titled Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D, comes at you swinging its fists full pelt into the sides of your face. The track is the perfect amalgamation of industrial techno‘s gritty machinations and hardcore rave‘s past and present production sensibilities to deliver a track to send heads tumbling all over the dance floor.

Taro Division marries these styles deftly from the off. Scythe-like industrial synths open the track before a militaristic tom heralds the arrival of those kicks. Almighty though it is, the bottom-end percussion never detracts from or overpowers the other elements of the track.

With a dose of acid dropped into the mix for good measure, Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D makes for some serious warehouse fodder. Think the bastard lovechild of Beltram and Lenny Dee and you’re in the same ball park.

Find Taro Division Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D, here. You can pay what you like, but we suggest recognising the artist with at least a small donation for delivering us a blistering track.

Review: Afro Brotherz – Tick Tock (EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE)

Afro Brotherz are back at Afrocentric with two tasty afrobeat cuts, backed up with a pair of quality remixes. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to their latest single, Tick Tock.

Afro Brotherz are back at Afrocentric with two tasty afrobeat cuts, backed up with a pair of quality remixes. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to their latest single, Tick Tock. Continue reading “Review: Afro Brotherz – Tick Tock (EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE)”