Techno and deeper Funky from Sight, backed with a wicked Walton remix. 'Slow' dips a shoulder to stripped down dub chords and skippy Jersey hi-hats and 'Piigs' gets down with Champion or Altered Natives-style Brokebeat Funky, but the best on offer is undoubtedly Walton's bleeping rudeness, flipping 'Piigs' with a bag of stray bleeps and Grimier bass reminding of Kahn productions.
Hsüan Records add to the ongoing outernational Footwork fusions with Arianna's slick rolling 'This Girl EP'. On the title track, flickering 808 rhythms are stripped down to the barest syncopated flux, while dancing Technoid dub chords swirl in the foreground, whereas 'If U Would Know' comes more soulful with sweetened and subtly pitch-bent synths set to an aerodynamic flex.
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2nd EP of floaty and flighty TechnoHouse music from Kuan for Hsüan Records. 'Arianna' is just a lovely piece of chord-driven and cooly balanced House with techy detailing, while 'So real' sounds like it just fell off the back of Cassy's lorry. Quite surprisingly there's also a lushed-out Juke edit of 'So Real', putting a very unique spin on the sound which we've not encountered like before. Make sure you check it out!!
Electronically sweetened Garage from DropDead, rolling out their debut release on Hsüan Records. 'Cassette Tape' does the 2-step twirls amidst cottony soft electronic soul atmospheres while 'Flicker' is more heads-down, infused with Jukin' Tom rolls and again with the stabby vocals.
Forcefully offbeat Techno from Manipura for Ireland's Hsüan Records. 'Crack Pipe Serenade' is as dirty as the title suggests, washed of any impurities to charge its user with cold, hard, industrial-strength Techno swing beats. On an equally robust tip 'Broken Teeth' pounds off a chunk of martial hardcore Techno.
Classy three-tracker courtesy of Dublin's Eomac, swiveling on a future garage flex. 'That Boy' has the dextrous rhythm touch of Cooly G, but suffused with darker mentasm licks and more abstracted R&B samples woven into the blend. 'Break Harp' is one for the after-hours crew, a whorl of slicing 2-step patterns synched around the delicate, titular harp, whilst the highlight 'You don't know what this means to me' sounds like a fusion of Zomby's irregular programming and Submerse's emotive impact.
New on Hsuan Records comes this three-track outing from S^, kicking off with the percussion-heavy, digitised dubstep of 'Pyramixdupup', complete with menacing subs and technicolour synth flurries. As the track develops it seems to increase in urgency, eventually morphing into full-blooded 4/4, though losing none of the bass. 'Glazed Donuts' drops the beats in favour of pure synthesis, cycling through almost harp-like, bitcrushed arpeggios, while closing track 'Avacado' lays down some thumpingly potent beats and weird, scrunched electronics.
Fresh future garage electronics from Espirit on a debut release ting for Hsuan Records. Four tracks of crisp, emotive 'floor burners, reminding of Gold Panda or Pariah in the MDMA-singed synths of 'Life Is No Way To Treat An Animal', while 'Newcastle' sits in a Housier groove for the Roof Light fiends and 'Drone' goes on a jaunty Baroque garage mission.
Smart debut release from De-Twist, ingratiating themselves into the future garage matrix with two crafty swingers and one downbeat roller. 'Assassin's Gift' is an idiosyncratic combo of sample collage, electronica and refined garage shuffle that really stands out from their chosen crowd. 'Move It Up' should also impress with its eastern tinged harmonics and full sunken subs, reminding strongly of Brackles. Check this!
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