A beautiful thing here: the first flowering of a collaborative relationship between Bristol’s Happy Skull label and Berceuse Heroique. Representing the South-West, the erstwhile Kowton, with a very weighty roller. On the flip-side, Billiebob meets Marshallito for some funky dramatic action. Please note that this is a strictly limited vinyl edition, so only one copy per customer!
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6/10 Laurie Staff review, 04 November 2015
This is a joyous meeting of two labels - the obscurely-titled Berceuse Heroique and Happy Skull, who hail from Bristol. Together, they form, er, HERSKULL… Not so sure about that one myself. Kowton is the boy from Briz, arming himself with his trademark low-slung bass, typical of Bristol’s meeting point between the deep dark dubstep of DMZ/Pinch and techno dirt. It resembles that collab between Appleblim & October that came out in 2011 I think, ‘NY Fizzzzz’.
I’m a huge fan of the bristol bass sound, and while this one centres more around a slower, more straight groove than the rest of the scene, it’s weighty stuff that sounds even better when the BPM is upped a notch. It ends with a PA announcement - happy birthday to the Kelly twins! Whey! What. Over to B, and things get proper drugged-out on DJ Spider collaborator Marshallito’s new partnership with newcomer Billebob, the first track making me think of Tricky/Portishead’s first releases, so murky and warped. Very slow too. ‘Come to Get’ sounds a lot like Anklepants, effected vocals singing partially sleazy partially awful lyrics over a electro/techno broken beat groove. Not such a fan of this collab really, it feels like something that’s been done many times before in the '90's (and recently by that King Midas Sound/Fennesz thing) and just don’t work so good. An 8 for Kowton, and a 5 for the other two.
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