Hotline Recordings present – Lurka
After a month of snippets on the Hotline Recordings voicemail, vague details of their second release were finally unveiled last week, via telephone (of course), and on their crudely animated website. Early April will see ‘Full Clip’ and BR Greaze’ by Lurka finally hit shelves after almost a year of it circulating on dubplate. Following several releases on the Black Box label and formidable collaborations with Commodo, ‘Full Clip’ and BR Greaze mark a departure from the trappings of dubstep that his previous productions were associated with largely on the grounds of their tempo. The eccentricities and intricacies of his production remain, his hand-tooled bass, pitted steel kick drums and work-hardened snares are more refined than ever. Obscure field recordings have been run through elaborate and knackered analog signal paths then back into the computer, only to be processed more. ‘I like the mix of analog and digital processing. It gives you the right amount of crunch and the ability to have a tough yet clean mix,' he says while fiddling with a broken guitar amp. It’s not often in the world of dance music that a truly unique piece of music comes along and slips into multiple genres so effortlessly. Both tracks on Hotline002 are a belligerent amalgamation of exotic rhythms and sonic palettes. Think Dillinja making Dancehall and you’re on the right track. Make no mistake, this is high grade, dance wrecking material, tuff enough for the rudest of the rudeboys and limber enough to tempt even the most stush gyals on the floor. It seems fitting that these tunes are finally seeing a release now. The current open mindedness of DJs and dancefloors across the world are no longer bound by tempo restrictions and both ‘Full Clip’ and ‘BR Greaze’ feel more relevant than ever. Early support from Mark Pritchard and OM unit through to Loxy - well known for their left of center selections and obnoxiously high levels of quality control - gives some indication as to the versatility and, more importantly, danceability of this record. Alex Digard.