Joy Orbison – or J.O., as seems to be his preferred music-making handle of late – returns this week with a brand new two-sided 12″, ‘BB’/’Ladywell’.
The single – listed in some outlets simply as 002 – is the second release on Joy’s Doldrums label, which he inaugurated last year with ‘J.Doe’/’BRKLN CLLN’. A-side ‘BB’ is arguably the producer’s housiest production to date, its shuffling rhythm, rugged bassline and pitched down vocal sample betraying his love of Omar-S and his FXHE progeny Marcellus Pittman and Kassem Mosse, all of whom have DJ’d at Doldrums label parties this year. Nonetheless, for all its Detroit flavour there’s a kind of ravey insouciance to ‘BB’ which anchors the track firmly in the London tradition. ‘Ladywell’, meanwhile, finds J.O. applying cooing, post-coital “ooh-ooh” female vox and Theo Parrish-esque keys to a stripped 4/4 pulse and righteously jacking bassline. The 12″ (pictured above) is out now in a limited edition pressing with hand-stamped artwork, designed by Will Bankhead.
Also out this week is DLDRMS003: ‘The Alps’ by Braiden. The Rinse FM stalwart has long been regarded as one of the capital’s most impressive young DJs, and it’s remarkable that this constitutes his debut 12″ release. Whooshing dancefloor bomb ‘The Alps’ – something like a melding of UK funky and minimal techno tropes – has been a fixture in DJs’ boxes for the best part of 2010, with Mary Anne Hobbs among its most vociferous champions; the 12″ features the original cut on the A-side and backs it with a devilishly crunchy remix from Kassem Mosse.
You can check out short audio clips of both new Doldrums releases here and here, courtesy of Honest Jon’s. Oh, and don’t forget that Joy Orbison co-headlines our FACT party at XOYO in London on Friday 3 December, playing a b2b set with Ramadanman with support from Fantastic Mr Fox, LHF, Jam City and more. Do not miss.
A1. The Alps
B1. The Alps (Kassem Mosse Fix)