CoOp Presents proceed to give you what you need! Following on from the ‘Plug One’ series, a whole slew of releases are scheduled for the second half of the year, as we enter the next phase of the CoOp Presents universe.
First up, the Selectors Assemble crew with a mammoth remix project reinterpreting tracks from LCSM’s subliminal album ‘Earthbound’.
Originally released last year on Dutch label, Super Sonic Jazz, ‘Earthbound’ was a highly-acclaimed project from a band headed by CoOp Presents label-boss IG Culture, featuring a heavyweight band comprised of some of London’s most talented players, including members of Steam Down, Wonky Logic, Nathaniel Cross and IG’s label partner, Alex Phountzi, amongst others.
LCSM (aka Likwid Continual Space Motion) is an exploration into afro-futurism, inspired by the likes of Sun Ra, but forming a sound entirely unique with a hybrid of bruk, boogie, funk and jazz. The album received rave reviews from the likes of Gilles Peterson, XLR8R and Beat Caffeine, with the vinyl quickly selling out globally, and featuring highly in numerous end of year lists, from Sound Shelter (Sydney), to Bandcamp to The Vinyl Factory, as well as a nomination for “Track of the Year” at the Worldwide Awards and named “Album of the Year” by Rush Hour!
So to this new EP released on IG Culture & Alex Phountzi’s own imprint. As you’d expect, the Selectors Assemble gang deliver the goods; firing on all cylinders across this 6-track bruk opus.
Cengiz kicks off the session with his flip on ‘Frequency’ ahead of James Rudie’s stark sub-heavy version of ‘The Box’. There are two mixes of ‘More Brilliant Centre’, the first from Entek, the second from CoOp Presents co-founder Alex Phountzi. The hyper-tempo’ed ‘World Order Is Chaos’ sees IG & Alex team up again under their NameBrandSound moniker, and we close out with Xtra Brux’s take on ‘Let Me’ (which originally featured Natalie May & Neue Grafik); keeping it soulful and jazzy but adding drums that knock, as they do throughout the EP, staying true to the cosmic-jazz source material, but re-shaping it exceptionally for the bruk dancefloors.