Whatever rock Martin Freeland’s been hiding under for the last decade, I’m damn glad he’s emerged from it. ‘Vice Versa’ certifies that M.W.N.N. has all the life skills necessary to exist in Goa trance’s second golden age.
Hailing from Tijuana, Mexico, Sébastien Vorhaus and 4004 are Soul of Hex. You may know them already from releases on Danilo Plessow's MCDE or their own Vicario Musique imprint. If you know them from neither, this is where all that changes. 'Lip Reading', thy name is house music. Pure and unadulterated. Their own original version even has the temerity to upstage two mixes (two!) by Larry Heard. Larry fucking Heard. Imagine! And his mixes alone are magnificent. Oh, and the two more from Vin Sol and Ny*Ak? Ace too. Among the best releases of the year so far.
One of the pioneers (alongside Daniele Baldelli) of the Afro-cosmic sound happening in the clubs of north Italy during the '70s makes his Nang Records debut, and presents it as part of his new project, Egotrya. This alluring, electronic disco number hosts a number of alternative mixes, including the euphoric JMRS ‘Garden Party’ remix and favourites from Faze Action under their Andromeda Orchestra guise.
After his dalliances with Pinch’s Tectonic and Cold Recordings imprints, Manchester resident Acre’s productions seem to have grown a bit more steely and have become a bit more worldly at the same time. Retaining that all important swing and the ruggedness he’s shown before, the three tracks on the inaugural 12” for Project 13 display Acre’s capacity to write engaging, functional techno flawlessly. Awash with texture ‘Retrograde Loops’ is the best thing I’ve heard all month.