Monday, 27 September 2010
Rwina follow a string of rude grime platters from Terror Danjah, SRC and Starkey with four ultra-funked-up instrumentals from the hotly tipped Swindle. Landing just ahead of his massive 'Mood Swings' EP for Butterz, he coems with typically lurid street funk romp on 'Playground' for the Joker fans, while the flipside contains his riffin' remix of SRC's 'Goin' Out' and the hghlight of the EP, a rugged but fruity jam named 'Who's Quicker', a must for the DJs!
Terror Danjah & D.O.K serve three bangers for Amsterdam's Rwina records. It's been a busy year for terror Danjah but thankfully his quality levels haven't suffered, evidenced in the epic build of 'Reinforced' and its array of mesmerizing synth drops. 'Peanut Punch' on the flip links with D.O.K for a hard skanking riddim layered with bling-shiny synths and twinkling melodies, while the indomitable 'Stomp Test' goes on a heads down 4/4 vibe with a flood of P-Funk riffage for the dance. Wicked and bad.
Off the back of his Warp release Eprom gives three slick dubstep ravers for Rwina. 'Humankind' is built for peak-time wonk-off effect with daft samples and a sea-sick lead synthline threatening to derail and lick off your eyebrows. With 'The Slaughter' he lurches with an advanced crunk motion, organised with a similar spatial detailing to James Blake, only with a harder intent. 'Lick Out' finishes the 12" by melting the whole thing into a puddle of dripping percussion and fluid synthlines mixing with the texture of oils and cornflower syrup. Very crafty stuff for fans of Eskmo, James Blake or 16Bit.
Ahead of his forthcoming Numbers release Rwina pump off a Grimy stinger from SRC. All the heavy action is found on the A-side with the fluid purple swagger of 'Goin Out' and the lucozade-fuelled snare attacks of 'Facepalm' for the Swindle/Terror Danjah/DOK fiends and the DJs. On the flip 'Where's The Remote' and 'Sort Of A Start' offer more squealing synthlines and dubstep/grime hybrids to spice up your set. Tasty!
Philly's finest drops two synth-riddled riddims for Rwina. He'd have a hard job beating the chrome blazing excesses of the 'OK Luv' 12" so Starkey settles for two grimy productions here, from the ruffed-up halfstep swagger of 'Rain City' on the A-side to the stiffened syncopations of 'Beatingz' on the flip, both made for the dubstep rave DJs.
Neon coloured party-starting dubstep from Glasgow's Taz Buckfaster. 'Half Man Half Trout' really cuts loose with the stonk-on boogie riffage, unleashing a torrent of finger flailing keywork attached to hard dubstep rhythms, while '20 Red' on the flip cools out a little (but not much) with Glasgow Gangsta synths and a rolling halfstep chassis. For fans of Slugabed, Borgore, Bar 9, or Raffertie.
Debut drop from A'dam's Oi! party crew, sending two burly dubstep 'floor controllers from Magnetic Man's Benga and Soul Jazz-regular, Kutz. Benga is in robust form on 'Transformers', figurin' body twystin' bass and fiercely radioactive synthlines with a taut, powerful energy. Kutz' 'Shake It' is slower, downpressing the energy into squashed subs and lumbering halfstep rhythms.
When he gets it right, DJ Madd productions can stand up with the best of the crowd. For Subway recordings he comes correct with 'When I First Met You', fixing a skittering garage breakbeat to swollen and swooping Reese bass, ghoulishly downpitched vocals and cascading melancholy synth twists for 'floor ruling impact. On the flip 'Got U Dancing' experiments with a fusion of tangy electro motifs, junglist subs and halfstep rave drums, leaving 'Babylon' to do a lone one-foot skank at the end.
Fine three-tracker from Budapest's Matt-U in dubstep mode. 'Watchin' U' is one for the Instra:mental lovers, fixing a yearning vocal to hybrid electro/dubstep rhythm with powerful bass torque. 'Down With You' is fitted with a more feminine swing akin to the Antisocial Ents productions and the crushing 'Magma' suffuses spitting snares with a groundswell of heaving subbass to bowl out weak knees.