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Louie Fresco – Hateration EP

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7485300.jpgScore: 8/10Label: MEXA Records 

Louie Fresco’s Mexa imprint has led a charmed life since it first came storming to our attention last year. That its latest release calls on vintage planes is no coincidence either, as Mexa has always been an imprint with one eye focused toward latter-day hues. Indeed, there latest release, ‘New Hateration‘ isn’t even thoroughly new, as Fresco’s title-track is essentially a revisited, updated version of the same record from two years ago. But don’t let that put you off, for the new version is laced with a vaguely more ominous rhythm, a fact emphasised by its spliced vocal and an all-round penchant for the unpredictable.

Next up is Kolombo’s remix. Like Fresco, Kolombo is a producer who’s enjoyed a fine past while, and his remix is indicative of his own ability to get the party started. Whereas the preceding effort twists the vocal inside and out, Kolombo opts to restore it to much of its original glory; using the famous ”Family Affair” lyrics as the spine of the record. Jakkin Rabbit’s remix is laced with simmering snares and urban guile aplenty, before MK-the package’s undoubted star turn-turns up the heat for the final track, one that’s noticeable for its luscious textures, vintage aesthetics and undoubtedly catchy emphasis.  

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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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