Modini are two wildebeest pushed to the edge of the precipice of electronic music with releases on both Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Prime Numbers.
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Modini is a collaboration between Scottish producer Hostage and techno veteran Neil Landstrumm. For their debut release on Glasgow based label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, the pair have delivered four sweaty house numbers primed for the dancefloor. Opener Estate is the EPs most propulsive cut, energised by looping acid house chords and an intermittent reverb heavy vocal sample. On Fumble, retro computer bleeps fire away over sirens and square wave synths. While on Sorry the lurching bassline gives Hostage and Landstrumm room to play around with video game sound effects.
**Includes 12″ x 12″ art insert** “Real raw rocking sh*t” from the mean streets of Glasgow, courtesy of Modini and the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams posse. Freaky, diverse house funk in four parts, striking a Dutch/Detroit-style electro gangsta pose in ‘Estate’ and the rugged swang of ‘Fear’ up front; twisting out techy acid torque punctuated with wicked rimshots on ‘Fumble’, and absolutely killing us with the wobbly ghetto house charge of ‘Sorry’. Tip!
After a summer off to bask in the props for their superb Essential Mix, the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams crew engage label mode once again with this 11th release an introduction to new artist Modini. As with a good majority of artists involved on DABJ, there is next to no information out there on Modiini (take the search engine challenge if you want) but really does it matter when the material on display is this good? There’s an obvious reverence for classic Chicago tropes at play throughout, though lead cut “Estate” is the sort of thing you can see Erol Alkan dropping for sure. “Fear” is pretty darn excellent; veering off into abstract Green Velvet meets Mo Fulton territory and Modini gets even rowdier on the flip with the peak time squelcher “Fumble”. This release marks the onset of the label including limited edition monotone prints from Dan Axon – simple ink on paper describing the energy of DABJ; it’s origins, people, and most importantly the music.
Review: Mixmag October 2014
Modini – Turk
Four stunning house jams from the super-cool DABJ Label. With the DABJ guys playing these out to great reaction we can finally get our hands on them. First up is ‘Estate’ which is a synth led house jam with a bassline that has a nod to the 80s. ‘Fear’ is more of a heads down affair with dark synths, solid bass, analogue stabs and a real shuffle in the groove to make it stand out. ‘Fumble’ has the bleeps set to stun, a gravelly bass and a climbing synth line that’ll drive a dancefloor wild. ‘Sorry’ is more of a chugging low-slung groove with a relentless bleep running throughout. This a solid release as ever on the flawless DABJ Label. 8/10