The third release from Initials - the bourgeoning imprint headed by Hypercolour chiefs Alex Jones and Ste Roberts - offers up two fresh cuts from Romania’s Boola and Roberts himself, in addition to a loyal reworking of DJ Linus’ 1997 work 'K.B.’s Groove' by everyone’s favourite Italian renegades, The Analogue Cops.
Boola is first up to bat with 'Ren’tors', a driving, 909-based jam complete with guttural sub bass and a snake charmer of a synth line almost reminiscent of Luciano & Quenum’s 'Orange Mistake' – definitely a change of pace from his previous, more minimal output on labels such as [ar:pi:ar].
Ren'tors - Boola [Initials]
Up next is Ste Roberts with 'Milde Shag' (the title suggesting a certain affinity for Drum tobacco, perhaps?) – a slightly more sedate affair that calls to mind the dubbed-out house excursions of Levon Vincent and his chums; though its swinging hats inject more than enough energy to ensure the dancefloor stays moving.
Milde Shag - Ste Roberts [Initials]
The ‘Cops provide the real treat here, contorting 'K.B.’s Groove' into a twisted, unrepentant roller in their own typically idiosyncratic style - laced with unintelligible vocal chops and thudding cinder blocks of kick drums.
K.B.'s Groove (Analogue Cops Remix One) - DJ Linus [Initials]
[INITIALS004] is available on vinyl from Juno, with a digital release planned for the near future.