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On Rotation: Staff Picks Week 22

By Ken Taylor
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Kromestar, slo-mo PermVac disco, and some jazzy, funky Prodigy covers end up in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.


Sean Lewis

Merchandising Manager / Denver

Kromestar – Noiz [Orgin Audio]

Kromestar is one of my favorite producers of all time. In 2006, I pretty much turned my soul over to dubstep because of “Kalawanji.” Again, Kromestar plays off exactly what I’m feeling at the moment. As a bunch of 808-inspired stuff is starting to surface, here comes Kromey with something half-trap, half-dubstep, and all original.






Further Listening:

Komatic, Technicolour – Stay [Spearhead]

Perverse – Genocide [Mindstep Music]]

Submerse – They Always Come Back [Apollo]


Christine Kakaire

Merchandising Manager / Berlin

Hackney Colliery Band – Prodigy Medley [Wah Wah 45s]

In the tradition of New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band tackling anthems by Snoop Dogg and Marvin Gaye, east London’s Hackney Colliery Band provide a distinctly British take on the US marching-brass tradition. They honk, toot, and roll drums through a megamix of The Prodigy’s rave crossover favorites, circa the group’s Experience and Music For A Jilted Generation albums. The novelty factor initially drew me in, but the high-energy musicality of “Prodigy Medley” and the loose jazz funk of original track “Owl Sanctuary” made it stick.

Further Listening:

Colourbox – Colourbox [4AD]

Jonathan Boulet – This Song Is Called Ragged [Modular]

Airbird – Trust [Software (IODA)]


Matt Ferry

Merchandising Manager / Denver

V/A – Permanent Vacation Safari [Permanent Vacation]

Hot hot hot like fire, Permanent Vacation’s latest deep-disco comp is jam-packed with unreleased nuggets of slow-mo goodness, perfect for the summertime pool party. The whole LP nicely wraps up the label’s sound, from low-key 95-BPM openers to Holy Ghost!’s remix of Midnight Magic’s nu-disco heater, “Drop Me A Line.” They’ve even included a continuous mix so you won’t have to spend your whole Saturday manning the decks at the BBQ. Dope!

Further Listening:

V/A – Daydreaming [petFood]

Justin Martin – Ghettos & Gardens [Dirtybird]

Nu – About Love EP [KATERMUKKE]


Ken Taylor

Beatportal Editor / San Francisco


Policy – One Last Time [Rush Hour]

New York’s Policy comes out swinging on this finely detuned slice of vocal-sample house from his forthcoming album Everything Hits. Everything feels slightly out of time on “One Last Time,” but gorgeously so—the hi-hats have plenty of swing, the beat drops out when you least expect it to, and the soothing pads and other instrumentation feel deliciously disorienting. What’s more, it comes backed with FaltyDL and Tom Trago remixes.


Further Listening:

Kate Simko – Kabuki Drop EP [Leftroom]

Noah Pred – Ghostlisting [Trapez]

Guy Andrews – The Wait [Hotflush]


Dan Cole

General Manager of Merchandising & General Manager / Berlin

Ghosting Season – The Very Last Of The Saints [Last Night On Earth]

If this were to be designated a new genre, then I would describe it as “progressive ambience,” although loosely without doing it justice. A wonderfully produced, epic record that oozes emotion with its drones and reverberated percussion. You can see why Sasha picked it up; I would recommend you do the same.





Further Listening:

Jay Shepheard – Retrofit #8 [Retrofit]

San Proper – Animal [Rush Hour]

Submerse – They Always Come Back EP [Apollo]