The trouble with all this ridiculously glorious atypical UK summer weather (i.e. it’s hotter than the Bahamas instead of pissing with rain) does rather mean that certain gems have passed without comment this June, so it’s time to set the record straight or at least the Serato console since Calagad 13’s Heart Of The City sadly doesn’t appear in vinyl format. ‘Sadly’, because the Catalonian delivers a solid turntablist set with gear for your ears and gear for the feet. It’s essentially an instrumental five-tracker with alternative versions of four tracks plus scratch tool entitled – er – Tha Real Scratch Toolz. Expect a healthy dose of heavyweight jazz inflected instro hip-hop concocted of classic drum breaks, cuts and samples and plenty of (double) bass-lines.
(Out now on Fresh Kingdom)