My Neighbour Is - Ska-Kan-Ka (Cold Busted)

The prolific Manchester-based artist known as Robot Needs Oil has been found covertly recording downtempo, reggae, and hip hop fueled beats under the curious name of My Neighbour Is. His latest release for Cold Busted under this moniker, Ska-Kan-Ka, places his love of dub, reggae, and a solid skankin’ rhythm on display once again, much like his previous Metaphysical Juicer album on the label. There is a noticeable difference this time in that the songs have less dancehall and dub appeal, forgoing these reggae influences for a more strictly roots approach -- and even incorporating a slight balearic feel at times -- but still totally party rockin' in a ska-like fashion. Essentially this is island calypso meets American funk in a lighthearted blend … because it's done by a Brit, of course! It's just another day in the backyard of My Neighbour Is. He's blessed up his downtempo, hip hop breaks styling with an obvious level of respect and inspiration awarded towards the Jamaican sound.

Kid Loco - “A cool record for the summer.”
Doc Martin - “Rude boy!”
Tim “Love” Lee (Tummy Touch) - “This is great.”
Inland Knights - “Love it. ‘Ganja Day’ is my favorite but they’re all great.”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X) - “Summer time is reggae time and here we go with that crazy neighbour … so much style.”
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music) - “This album is awesome. I dig all the tunes.”
Makossa (Makossa & Megablast / Luv Lite Recordings) - “Nice, solid vibes.”
Silenta (Roca Records) - “Massive! Deep! Warm bass all around. The dub / reggae sound at its best.”
Ben Mono (Undertones Gang / Plant Music) - “Lovely. I’ll definitely play some of these tunes.”
DJ Kid Stretch (Warriorz Records / Goodgroove) - “Summer vibes all around!”
Minus 8 (Compost) - “Wonderful, positive, and danceable reggae … just great!”
Djouls (Paris DJs / T.I.M.E.C.) - “Loving this … it sounds great!”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - “Some cool carnival essentials.”
Diesler (A LIttle Something Radio) - “Great release from a really impressive label. A must-buy for fans of all things of a dubby nature.”
SimonG (Deep South Audio, New Zealand) - “This is timeless. Reminds me of a sunny session in the avalon field at Glastonbury.”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “Mint! Really solid beats here. I’m always up for a bit of ska-influenced grooving! ‘Dub It’ is a cracker, but the whole selection is quality.”
DJ Chewy (Alphabeatsoup Blog) - “Cracking mix of roots, dibby and skanky sounds … it’s hard to pick between ‘Ganja Day’ and ‘Szynkwas’.”
Sam Hopkins (AccuRadio, Chicago) - “The tracks are killer across this album. There’s a killer dub vibe that permeates the entire release, and a clear love of the source material.”

Available now from Beatport and The Cold Busted Shop.

Onium - Immix EP (Harmonious Discord)

From the seedy depths of dub-infested marshes comes the sound manipulations of Onium, a tenured producer with a handbag of pseudonyms and secret projects. The man behind the moniker, Stephen Moon, uses this alias to focus heavily on expanding the ‘dub techno’ genre. Always pushing the edge while seemingly staying true to the dub framework, Onium partners his vast knowledge of song creation with a deep understanding of what makes dub techno amazing. Harmonious Discord first featured Onium in the Discordian Dreaming series which resulted in a call to headquarters for more. Delivering on that promise, the label is proud to present Onium’s debut full length, the Immix EP, with remixes by artists forging ahead in sound like Echo Conscious, Bleupulp, and Hemipetra.

The journey begins with a deep breath of relief stretched into a progressive build of elastic dub melodies. Lulling the listener in, “He Breathes" creeps along before busting out later in the tune with heavier techno attributes. "Opslo" follows in a similar unwinding fashion with two key dub themes that dance in-between each other as subtle percussion scurries intriguingly. Echo Conscious — real name Brad Dale — is first up on remix duties with his cowbell-laden groover. Brad elevates the mood to be more relevant on the dance floor, turning the subtle original into an attention grabber with bright bells and a smoothly shifting bass line. From there the release takes a dive into the subversive depths of cerebral techno with contributions from Hemipetra and Bleupulp. Rumbling echoes of dissonance converge as these two selections travel into strange soundscapes. This changes with "Piped,” a melodic tech-house experiment still heavily swamped with dub effects that does a great job of balancing dub techno purism with real world feet fodder. A worthy book-end, “Sharing Light" takes dub chord construction to new levels, paying special attention to revolving melodies. It’s a meditative windstorm ready to drift the listener into the outer reaches of the stratosphere. Thus the journey ends … for now.

Anthony Pappa (Red Light District / Bedrock) - “Cool EP … the best track for me is ‘Opslo.’”
Nick Warren - “Wow, this is fantastic! I love the originals and those are some great remixes.”
Terry Francis (Wiggle / Fabric) - “The Echo Conscious remix is the one for me.”
Orde Meikle (Slam / Soma) - “Cool tunes … I’m liking this.”
Tyler Stadius - “Lovely tracks here. It’s tough to pick a favorite. Perfect headphone and late night grooves.”
Stacey Pullen - “This is cool.”
John Templeton (Great American Techno Festival / Emote Music) - “Very solid release. The originals have a lovely lush dub sound that is very appealing.”
QuestionmarQ (Red FM / Vision Collective) - “Outstanding stuff … I’m loving all the tracks. The Echo Conscious remix put a big smile on my face.”
Satoshi Fumi (Klik Records / Plastic City) - “I love the Hemiptera remix of ‘Opslo’.”
The Zars (Till2012 Records / Progrezo Records) - “Really warm pads and strings.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Great EP. The Echo Conscious remix is great from the remix selections, but the originals are the picks for me. ‘Sharing Light’ in particular is superb … really feeling the darkness there.”
Myxzlplix (Subdivisions Global) - “Dreamy and well constructed.”
Adam Collins (Euphoria Records / Omni A.M.) - “So musical and out there. Super good for the Burning Man crowd. Good stuff.”
Demarco Electronic Project (Soul Industries, Argentina) - “Excellent release! Nice sounds and ambiences and a great remix by Bleupulp.”
Danuta Kurkowski (Acid Ted) - “Gorgeous dub techno with impressive remixes! What’s not to like?”

Available now from Beatport.

My Neighbour Is - Metaphysical Juicer (Cold Busted)

The prolific Manchester-based artist known as Robot Needs Oil has been found covertly recording downtempo and hip hop fueled beats under the curious name of My Neighbour Is. His recent album for Cold Busted under this moniker, Fish & Chips, showcased an affection for ‘90s flavored instrumental hip hop and jazzy beats. Not one to take a break (no pun intended), My Neighbour Is has already unveiled an even newer album, this time focusing on his love of dub, reggae, and a solid skankin’ rhythm. Metaphysical Juicer includes sixteen tracks influenced by the likes of Mad Professor, Zion Train, and Asian Dub Foundation as filtered through the My Neighbour Is studio eyeglass. Horns, dubby guitars, dancehall beats, and patois toasts fill these authentic sounding tracks, exposing the obvious respect and inspiration that this genre brings to My Neighbour Is. Get ready to fire up the sound system and enjoy these crucial new tunes from Cold Busted and My Neighbour Is.

Kid Loco - “Great tracks for the summer.”
Dogu (Ancient Astronauts) - “Wow, I love this. Tight modern reggae vibes with dope beats and deep skanks. Nuff respect!”
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) - “Just what I needed … island breaks.”
Danny Ward (Dubble D / Moodymanc) - “Vibin’ … loving these! Proper stuff!”
Tim “Love” Lee (Tummy Touch) - “Yup … will support these for sure.”
Inland Knights - “Great selection of tracks … love it.”
Ben Mono - “Lovely stuff!”
Danny Massure - “More great stuff from Cold Busted, currently my favorite label! Great reggae vibes.”
LTJ X-Perience - “Killer release … I love it!”
Stereo 77 - “5 out of 5 … and add 5 more stars! This is great dub.”
Quincy Jointz - “Yeah, this is absolutely my style. Well done.”
DJ T-Bird (Los Chicos Altos) - “I was just speaking to a Spanish friend about the Jamaican influence on Manchester music … this is a PERFECT example. I love the way these tracks keep the ‘body-moving’ aspect of dub reggae.”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) - “Bam! The fire is burning strong! My Neighbour Is surprises with a another burner in a different genre. King styles!”
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica FM / Balearica) - “Some good riddims here and clever choice of vocal samples … needs to be played loud!”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “Awesomeness abounds from the hands of Greg here, again showing his ability to drop bombs in a multitude of styles. The whole collection is one for the sunshine … superb stuff a’gwaaaaaan.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch-a-Vibe Radio Show) - “Open your windows and wind up the stereo to max!”

Available now from Beatport.

Roy Davis Jr. - Men From The Nile, Part 3 (Cha Cha Project Recordings)

Cha Cha Project Recordings presents “They Won’t See,” an unsurprisingly solid house music masterpiece from the legendary Roy Davis Jr., as part 3 of his Men From The Nile project. This time it’s house music on the dubby side with an island-style bounce and dub sub-bass line rolling with the four-on-the-floor. Fantastic ragga-style vocals from Infinite, with a wake call to open one’s eyes to what’s going on in the world, add to the track’s magic along with a wisdom chant from J.NOIZE, Roy Davis Jr.’s brother who was previously heard on the Defected Records release “Enjoy The Ride.” Also included is Roy Davis Jr.’s Tek Mix which introduces a bumping Chicago-style deep dub to “They Won’t See.” It’s another crucial release from Roy Davis Jr. ready to grace DJ sets worldwide.

Ashley Beedle - “Absolutely on point! We need this, brothers and sisters!”
Tony Humphries - “Nice to see a cool new tune from Roy Davis Jr.!”
Graeme Park - “Roy delivers, as always … superb!”
Johnny Fiasco - “Dope!”
Alton Miller - “I’m digging the dub … go, Roy, go!”
Mousse T. - “It’s a beauty.”
Jask - “5 out of 5 … very nice.”
Master Kev - “Hotness from Roy Davis Jr.!”
Mr.V - “The Tek mixes are dope!”
Moodymanc - “I love it!”
Nick Holder - “I’m digging this!”
Bear Who? - “Still incredible.”
Alexander East - “Roy, you did it again .… I love it!”
Doc Link - “Always quality from RDJ … support!”
Grant Richards (Kinky Malinki) - “Sounds like something totally new and fresh to my ears. The vocal really lures you in!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) - “What an amazing, truly mesmerizing dance floor gem from the legendary Roy Davis Jr. … by no means to be missed.”
Tony D’Onghia (Radio Koper-Capodistria) - “Another Roy Davis Jr. classic.”
Dean Serafini (JJazproJect) - “Much more original and creative than most of the tunes I receive. The powerful rhythms and infectious keys will ensure that there’s no one standing still whenever this gets played.”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - “The mere mention of RDJ will grab any serious dance music aficionado’s attention. Yet another class piece of dance floor action from the man himself which comes in from a totally unexpected direction. Almost reggae’ish in its delivery, this sounds like a summer smash!”

Available now from Traxsource.