After a relatively quiet 2015 which saw Brooklyn’s Throne of Blood release the third volume in the Moon Rock ambient series and a handful of singles from Man Power, Jimi After, and Vito & Druzzi, things are already heating up for 2016.
Kicking things off is a really special collaborative 12” from Steve Cobby, the Hull-based producer best known as one half of downbeat legends Fila Brazillia, and Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire fame. Throne of Blood is honored to be working with such towering influences, and excited to be bringing some truly special recordings to life.
The proceedings kick off with “Tumblefish” a cosmic soup of hangdrum samples and breakbeats backed by an acidic bassline built for Balearic b-boys. Mark E’s remix strips the proceedings back, morphing “Tumblefish” into a grinding chugger that’s equal parts techno and house.
Things get really interesting on the B side with Cobby and Mal versioning one of the holiest of holy grails in leftfield music, “Vitamin C” by krautrock legends, Can. Drenched in echo and anchored by a mechanically teutonic beat, their version swaps the moody desperation of the original for a dislocated mechanical swagger. TOB label manager Max Pask’s dub raises the tempo and retrofits “Vitamin C” for maximum dancefloor impact. Closing things out, Correspondant/Voyeurhythm hotshot Man Power returns to TOB with a driving remix layering drum machines, shambolic synths, and a driving bassline to close out the ep.
Published: 17th March 2016