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Thursday, 17 July

CALYX & TEEBEE - FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & TeeBee, Fabric Worldwide

CALYX & TEEBEE

FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & TeeBee

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC152

Calyx and TeeBee splice together a whopping 34 tracks featurinf Calibre, Optical, Ulterior Motive and some exclusive productions and VIP’s from the pair themselves.
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Thursday, 15 May

TRAXMAN - Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2), Planet Mu
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TRAXMAN

Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2)

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZIQ346CD

Chicago's ghetto veteran Cornelius Ferguson aka Traxman moves closer to the edit with an exceptional 2nd album of Footwork for Planet Mu. 'Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2)' is a masterclass in man-machine synergy flipping classic samples with combustible dancefloor science. Steeped in the principles of original hip hop and house - bringing the party in ever fresher, funked up mode - there's 18 eccentric bullets turning chunks of Larry Heard, Kraftwerk, The Eurhythmics (and many more besides) into hyper lean ghetto geometries. If you want highlights, run straight to 'Computer Getto' - his con… Read more
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TRAXMAN - Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2), Planet Mu

Thursday, 20 March

MILLIE & ANDREA - Drop The Vowels, Modern Love
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MILLIE & ANDREA

Drop The Vowels

Modern Love

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: Love094CD

*Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea. This first CD Edition comes in an oversized 6-panel Digifile * Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir… Read more
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MILLIE & ANDREA - Drop The Vowels, Modern Love

Thursday, 27 February

ADDISON GROOVE - Presents James Grieve, 50 WEAPONS
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ADDISON GROOVE

Presents James Grieve

50 WEAPONS

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: 50WEAPONCD16

The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('Malus')… Read more
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ADDISON GROOVE - Presents James Grieve, 50 WEAPONS

Thursday, 13 February

DJ DIAMOND - Flight Muzik (Reloaded), Planet  Mu
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DJ DIAMOND

Flight Muzik (Reloaded)

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZIQ302X

**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased - plus download code and fold out Japanese insert** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant syn… Read more
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DJ DIAMOND - Flight Muzik (Reloaded), Planet  Mu

Thursday, 11 July 2013

FRICTION - FABRICLIVE 70: Friction, Fabric Worldwide

FRICTION

FABRICLIVE 70: Friction

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC140

Friction fires off a hi-NRG, 32 track mix of modern D&B for Fabriclive. Features exclusive edits and tracks, incuding numbers from Icicle, Rockwell, Alix Perez, Phace & Misanthrop, Noisia, SP:MC and many more.
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Thursday, 27 June 2013

CONGO NATTY - Jungle Revolution, Big Dada

CONGO NATTY

Jungle Revolution

Big Dada

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: BDCD227

Major play from Big Dada, weighing out the ruckus of 'Jungle Revolution' by UK bassbin pioneer, Congo Natty. In an age when the sound's roguish lickle sibling, D&B, is topping the charts (Tinie Tempah/Rudimental/DJ Fresh), and its spirit haunts Michael West aka Congo Natty comes to redress its cultural roots with a mixture of classic and up-to-the-minute production applied with honourable intent and party-wise impact. With On-U Sound legend, Adrian Sherwood at the mixing desk, the Rebel MC gives a ten track volley of rhythms blending dubstep, hip hop and his sacred roots reggae with a spe… Read more
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CONGO NATTY - Jungle Revolution, Big Dada

Thursday, 16 May 2013

CALIBRE - Spill, SIGNATURE

CALIBRE

Spill

SIGNATURE

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: SIGCD009

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

CALIBRE - FABRICLIVE 68: Calibre, Fabric Worldwide
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CALIBRE

FABRICLIVE 68: Calibre

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC136

Fabric catch the prolific liquid don for his first commercially available mix CD. With such an illustrious catalogue to select from, you can't blame the man for drawing almost entirely upon his own productions, which make up 14 of the 21 tracks, including remixes, originals, an exclusive cut'Simple Things', and the intro/outros, complemented by joints from dBridge, Genotype, and Lynx & Hellrazor. The Rolls Royce sound.
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Thursday, 22 November 2012

VENETIAN SNARES - My So-Called Life (2012 Reissue), Timesig / Planet Mu

VENETIAN SNARES

My So-Called Life (2012 Reissue)

Timesig / Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: TIMESIG001CD

**2012 Reissue** Venetian Snares introduces his new Timesig label with a brand new album of elaborately twisted beat offs. They're intended as a sort of diary entry, or short stories, built and completed within a few days to give concise snapshots of his moods via the medium of f*cking mental breakcore. To be totally fair, they're still Venetian Snares tracks and hit like a pickaxe to the temple, regardless of the background. 'Posers And Camera Phones' rinses baroque chiptune melodies and rapid fire, pitchshifting amens, while 'Cadaverous' takes it's title from a sample… Read more
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VENETIAN SNARES - My So-Called Life (2012 Reissue), Timesig / Planet Mu

Thursday, 08 November 2012

EVESON - The Last Summer Of Love, V Records

EVESON

The Last Summer Of Love

V Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: PLVCD003

**10-track CD edition** Soulful D&B/Breakbeat debut long-player from Eveson. Originally hailing from Glastonbruy, now living in London, Eveson arrives at 'The Last Summer Of Love' by way of celebrated 12"s for some of D&B's finest houses, marking his territory from liquid rollers to more recent exploits in jazz-dusted 120-140bpm styles. His debut album correspondingly oscillates between these brackets, exploring nu-skool Breaks on 'Dragonfly' or jazz-filtered instrumental hip hop and subbass on 'Watershed'. But he's most comfortable in 170bpm mode, especially on the sweeping soul statement 'Land Of Milk and Honey' and the sumptuous epic 'Retrospections' featuring Sam KDC.
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EVESON - The Last Summer Of Love, V Records

Thursday, 25 October 2012

VENETIAN SNARES - Detrimentalist (2012 Edition), Planet Mu

VENETIAN SNARES

Detrimentalist (2012 Edition)

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZIQ211CD

*2012 Reissue* The Planet Mu press release blurb describes this far better than anyone else could ever really hope to. They brand this as "Venetian Snares' 332nd official studio album of disgusting ejacutronic rave horn", adding that "over 20 people were harmed in the making of this record". Perhaps dabbling more explicitly in proto-jungle, early breakcore and rave than some of Aaron Funk's more ambitious productions, this latest album sticks to its Amen break roots very closely, and sounds very much as you think it does, with tracks like 'Koonut-Kaliffee' and 'Sajtban' unas… Read more
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VENETIAN SNARES - Detrimentalist (2012 Edition), Planet Mu

Thursday, 04 October 2012

DATA - Selected Visualizations, Horizons Music

DATA

Selected Visualizations

Horizons Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: HZNCD010

Strong colelction of dark, minimal, and super techy D&B from scene leader Data. 'Selected Visualizations' collects the best of his three 'Visualizations' Eps released in 2010. One for the late night cats...
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

UNCLE DUGS - Rinse:20, Rinse
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UNCLE DUGS

Rinse:20

Rinse

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: RINSECD028

A 'story of Jungle' mix - tells the chronology of the genre's evolution through the 90's, including 21 crucial rave, hardcore, jungle and drum & bass tracks.
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Thursday, 13 September 2012

DJ HAZARD - FABRICLIVE 65: DJ Hazard, Fabric Worldwide

DJ HAZARD

FABRICLIVE 65: DJ Hazard

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC130

Murderous 50-track D&B mix from Brummie DJ/producer DJ Hazard. Man is taking no prisoners here, maintaining a ridiculous pressure from first to last with handfuls of his own productions complimented by heavyweight ravers from the likes of Noisia, Ray Keith, Funtcase, Mampi Swift, Level 2, Annix and the rest. Relentless peaks and drops for the hardcore few.
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Thursday, 17 May 2012

DIGITAL SOUNDBOY SOUNDSYSTEM - FABRICLIVE 63: Digital Soundboy Soundsystem, Fabric Worldwide
The rise of Digital Soundboy has been unstoppable, and it's no less than their due - what other label or collective so successfully connects the disparate dots that make up the UK hardcore continuum? The Shy FX-led DS Soundsystem's Fabriclive 63 comp confirms why they're so in demand on the club and festival circuit, with 49 frenetically mixed tracks spanning grimy garage (Artwork's immortal 'Red'), raucous 'ardkore jungle (North Base), bashy UKF (Roska, Dark Sky), dubstep (Skream) skunked-out reggae and dancehall (Rodigan, Gyptian) and of course … Read more
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DIGITAL SOUNDBOY SOUNDSYSTEM - FABRICLIVE 63: Digital Soundboy Soundsystem, Fabric Worldwide

Thursday, 26 April 2012

ICICLE - Rinse:19 - Mixed By Icicle, Rinse
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ICICLE

Rinse:19 - Mixed By Icicle

Rinse

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: RINSECD025

Rinse's nineteenth mix CD is very capably handled by Dutch DJ/producer, Icicle. Poised between Techno, Dubstep and D&B, it stealthily crosses tempo boundaries with ease, incorporating some 20 tracks, including seven of his own productions beside congruous killers from Locked Groove, Distance, Proxima, Youngsta, Killawatt, Rockwell, Sabre and more. The tempo creeps up from two of his unreleased 130bpm productions 'Deep Tech' and 'Kick In The B' through the tightly wound Dub torque of Spinline's murked-out 'Monday Luv' and J. Robinson's 'The Maasai' to a mid section of muscular, near indu… Read more
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ICICLE - Rinse:19 - Mixed By Icicle, Rinse

Thursday, 05 April 2012

TRAXMAN - Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.1), Planet Mu
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TRAXMAN

Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.1)

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZIQ318CD

Traxman, a Chicago House veteran with two decades of experience steps up to Planet Mu with a distinguished debut album of hyperkinetic Footwork soul. As a co-founder of Dance Mania's Geto DJz clique, a member of DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn's Ghetto Teknitianz, and arguably one of Footwork's foremost architect's thanks to his prototypical mixtapes, Traxman brings a learned soul-flow to the sound, at once deeply rooted in his home city's heritage, and pushing the boundaries wide open. His choice of samples - from the Mizzell Brothers to Prince - are drawn from years of crate digging and lend … Read more
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TRAXMAN - Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.1), Planet Mu

Thursday, 15 March 2012

KASRA - FABRICLIVE 62: Kasra, Fabric Worldwide

KASRA

FABRICLIVE 62: Kasra

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC124

DJ/producer Kasra rounds up a cutting-edge collection of minimal, Techy, and liquid D&B styles for Fabric's 62nd Live mix. Counting 29 tracks in 70 minutes, the mixing is mercurial and focussed, weaving a fluid, fast-flowing dancefloor narrative from VIP mixes by Alix Perez, Hybris, Judda, Bladerunner, and Stray. Unreleased material from Noisia & Phace, June Miller & Proxima, Mark System, and more punctuates big hitters from Rockwell, Dub Phizix, Enei, Icicle and Commix, making for one of the most impressive, compelling D&B mixes we've heard in a while.
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Thursday, 01 March 2012

COMMIX - Dusted, METALHEADZ

COMMIX

Dusted

METALHEADZ

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: METHCD015

Commix clear their cache of material produced for and around their 'Call To Mind' classic with 'Dusted (Selected Works 2003-2008)'. It comprises 12 tracks which, although up to their high standards, didn't make the final cut of their 2007 LP, and actually make a very tidy set by themselves. Making way for a new batch of material, we're reminded of their prowess in the deeper, liquid styled quarters of the D&B scene with the sumptuous craft of 'Time Has Come' and the mellifluous roller 'Golden', beside quick-stepping, Techy gems such as 'I Have You' and the super plush atmospheres of 'Tracking You', plus … Read more
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COMMIX - Dusted, METALHEADZ

Thursday, 05 January 2012

PLUG - Back On Time, Ninja Tune
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PLUG

Back On Time

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZENCD177

Killer archival avant-jungle cuts from Luke Vibert. Many of you will fondly member the twelves and album Vibert released as Plug on Blue Angel and Rising High in the early-mid 1990's, off-kilter drum 'n bass cuts that really stood out from the more po-faced stuff that dominated the genre back then. Well, earlier this year Vibert handed Ninja Tune a bunch of DATs containing never before heard Plug material recorded in '95-'98, and they've compiled them into an album that really feels like a missing piece in the "intelligent" D-n-B jigsaw. This stuff isn't for the dancefloor - it's head music in the in… Read more
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PLUG - Back On Time, Ninja Tune

Thursday, 17 November 2011

VARIOUS / PLANET MU - Bangs & Works (Vol. 2) (The Best Of Chicago Footwork), Planet Mu
As promised, Planet Mu juice out another 100% killah Footwork selection, following up one of THE best records of the last 12 months. Since the release of the last volume, it's fair to say the meme has gone global thanks to contagion carriers such as µ fam's Kuedo and Machinedrum, and no doubt the awesome tours by DJs Spinn & Rashad and their dancers earlier in the year. But as the sound continues to be assimilated in all corners of beat-driven electronics and dancefloor styles, Chicago remains the font of innovation as proved in 'Bangs & Works Vol.2'. Wi… Read more
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VARIOUS / PLANET MU - Bangs & Works (Vol. 2) (The Best Of Chicago Footwork), Planet Mu

Thursday, 04 August 2011

DJ DIAMOND - Flight Muzik (Album), Planet Mu
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DJ DIAMOND

Flight Muzik (Album)

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZIQ302CD

This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant synths stretched to breaking point across a low-riding gangster's rhythm, but it hardly prepares us for the sheer evil of 'Wreckage' - a … Read more
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DJ DIAMOND - Flight Muzik (Album), Planet Mu

Thursday, 02 June 2011

VARIOUS / INGREDIENTS - Ingredients Presents: Recipe Book Vol.1, Ingredients Records
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VARIOUS / INGREDIENTS

Ingredients Presents: Recipe Book Vol.1

Ingredients Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: RECIPECD001

'Recipe Book Volume One' showcases 12 up-and-coming D&B producers featured on the excellent Ingredients series. Unfortunately there's no recipes attached like with the singles, but there's enough hi-tech D&B to keep you sustained. The disc dips from 'Outlook' by unknown Russian boy-wonder, 2sides, to the shark-eyed and agile 'step of 'Domepiece' by Manchester's Dub Phizix, through Skeptical's powerful subs on 'Refraction', the darting syncopations of Mute & Mako's 'Rorschach' and Villem's destabilizing 'Splinter In Your Mind'. Big support from dBridge, Loxy, Grooverider, fabio, Bailey, Flight, Spectrasoul and more.
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VARIOUS / INGREDIENTS - Ingredients Presents: Recipe Book Vol.1, Ingredients Records

Wednesday, 01 June 2011

PARADOX - Ramifications, PARADOX MUSIC
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PARADOX

Ramifications

PARADOX MUSIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: PMLPCD02

Nine years since his last LP, the OG drumfunk D&B don spills ten tracks of inimitably programmed rhythms. Never one to pander to trend, Paradox digs deeper into his deeply rooted groove but does allow for two concessions to slower tempos. Working at 135bpm, 'The Last B-Boy' restructures the classic Apache break in an ethereal mist of melodica tones and chest-caving sub hits, while the killer closing cut 'Consonance' is a dynamite Latinized dub shuffler twystin' out at roughly 140bpm. The other four tracks cover more conventional Paradox tempos, from the clipped dip and swing of 'Ghost Notes' to the impossibly agile 'Black 69'. Still, few can touch this man in his arena.
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PARADOX - Ramifications, PARADOX MUSIC

Thursday, 21 April 2011

MARCUS INTALEX - 21, SOUL:12
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MARCUS INTALEX

21

SOUL:12

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: SOULR050

Twenty one years into a scene-defining career arc, Marcus Intalex presents his debut album, '21'. From beginnings in Manchester's House and rave scene Marcus has recorded for many of the top D&B labels, including his own Soul:r and Revolve:r imprints, who also introduced important early works from Instra:mental, Martyn and Calibre. The album spans 12 tracks including a mixtape reducing the whole thing to a 45 minute DJ mix. Highlights have to be the tweaking electro-stepper 'Strangeways', the tropical acidic swing of 'From The Ashes', the Instra:mental like electro of 'Dusk' or the sub-loaded finesse of 'Paulista Dub'.
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MARCUS INTALEX - 21, SOUL:12
ICICLE - Under The Ice, Shogun Audio
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ICICLE

Under The Ice

Shogun Audio

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: SHACD004

Ultra-heavyweight Neo-D&B from the exceptionally talented Icicle. 'Under The Ice' is a body-twisting feat of intensely intricate, cutting-edge drum programming in eleven parts, including guest appearances from Robert Owens and SP:MC. In the mechanical torsion of 'Top Of The Page', the shark-eyed hardstep punctuations of 'I Feel U' or 'Nausea's dynamic vortex, each rhythm and sound is arranged like some child prodigy with a Rubik's cube while the steel plated production is clinically executed to accentuate every element, guaranteeing each nuance will be felt through a big rig. Icicle's minimalist a… Read more
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ICICLE - Under The Ice, Shogun Audio

Thursday, 13 January 2011

DJ MARKY - Fabriclive 55, Fabric Worldwide

DJ MARKY

Fabriclive 55

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC110

DJ Marky runs tings for the fifty-fifth Fabriclive mix, rolling out a selection of up-to-date D&B dramas from S.P.Y, Commix, Break, Marcus Intalex, Skream, Calibre, Icicle, Klute and loads more. The Brazilian D&B overlord has been a regular fixture at the club since day dot so it's only fitting that he should head up his own disc, featuring hihglights such as Klute's rugged sidestepper 'Will You Still Love Me?', Icicle's mutant halfstep swinger 'Nowhere', and Skream's exclusive shift into D&B terrain on 'Motorway', forthcoming for Exit. Slick.
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Thursday, 09 December 2010

VARIOUS / PLANET MU - Bangs & Works (Vol. 1) (A Chicago Footwork Compilation), Planet Mu
One look at the tracklisting for 'Bangs & Works' vol.1 is enough to give even the passing Footwork fan a touch of the jukin' jitters. Planet Mu's most comprehensive and substantial overview of Southside Chicago's younger brother to booty, aka Juke or Footwork, collates a good proportion of those deadly cuts you could only previously hear on youtube or if you were lucky enough, a p*ssy 128k mp3. Of course the quality of either format was never a hindrance to our enjoyment, but now properly pressed on CD and wax it all sounds heavy as hell (even if we do… Read more
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VARIOUS / PLANET MU - Bangs & Works (Vol. 1) (A Chicago Footwork Compilation), Planet Mu

Saturday, 27 November 2010

POLSKA - 2nd Rate, Subtle Audio

POLSKA

2nd Rate

Subtle Audio

Format_dot_cd2CD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: SUBTLE003CD

Lush and techy drumfunk D'n'B from Polska, offering his first solo outing in nearly half a decade. Over the two discs you'll find 18 tracks, entering a parallel world of florid jazz motifs and ultra-syncopated breakbeats sounding like the projections of LTJ Bukem's most feverish dreams circa 1996. D'n'B darkness isn't obvious here, instead opting for mellow instrumentation to balance the restless nature of the percussion, thankfully steering just the right side of jazz 'n bass. Fans of Macc & Dgohn or Paradox looking for a solid and engrossing home listen could do a lot worse than this - recommended.
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POLSKA - 2nd Rate, Subtle Audio