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Figueroa_n_Obando_Hip_Not_Hipster_UM_007_12inch_cover.jpgLabel: Unike MuzikScore: 8/10

Though the label run by Leo Leal only reared its head first in 2012, it has already made a great name for itself off the back of records Markus Homm and Carlos Sanchez. The next EP comes from Colombians Figueroa & Obando, a pair with prospects as bright as those of the label on which they release. The EP features 4 original tracks plus remixes from Tripmastaz and Miguel Lobo & Larry Peters. Hubbles is Back is a writhing bit of dark house with ghoulish vocals and quirky samples making it an atmospheric listen and infectious dancing track.

Hip Not Hipster is a deep and lazy house groove that sways invitingly to and fro, with live sounding drum hits and enchanting melodies and bell sounds making for a charming track whilst Mango Moose is just as soup in its arrangements but this time a slurred vocal hangs in the air above to inject a more sombre mood before Timelapse gets a bit grittier, dirtier and more late night. Russian house gangster Tripmastaz’sPlant 74 Dub‘ remix of Mango Moose is a more heads down and dubby remix while Lobo & Peters keep things bubbly and tropical with their sympathetic re-touch. A fine effort with plenty of class.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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