Wednesday, 02 September
Reloaded artillery from the London/Bristol rave axis. Pinch & Mumdance drop a Turbo VIP of 'Double Barrelled Mitsi', coming on strong with waves of darkside synth pressure and EBM-stung 'ardcore rave drums. Going dolo, the VIPinch Mix of his, Logos & Mumdance's 'Legion' holds the tension with a retuned intro giving way to voodoo subbass patterns and sweeping darkside Reese.
Tuesday, 01 September
*Gatefold jacket* 2LP* Dubstep's strongest torch-carriers rally together on a crushing three-way mission for Deep Medi. Over the past half decade all three producers, Commodo, Kahn and Gantz have emerged as stalwarts of the 140bpm sound under custodianship of Mala and also for a bunch of the scene's most interesting, boundary-pushing labels. With their forces combined in this LP they frame the 2015 sound at its most far-flung and darkly engaging with a mix of mystic, textured samples and precision production yielding six overlarge, mutant creations. On the 1st disc you'll find the noir c… Read more
Thursday, 27 August
**Blue and white marbled vinyl. Includes insert and free download code. A timely reminder of Offshore's uniquely playful and colourful beatcraft on this posthumous presentation of his unfinished and eponymous album** "Offshore is the alias of Scottish producer Ewan Robertson. Ewan died unexpectedly in December 2012 while undergoing heart surgery for treatment of his Marfan Syndrome. Born in Aberdeen in 1985, Ewan was both a celebrated musician and graphic designer. He first picked up a guitar aged 10 and by 14 had formed his first grunge band, Incendo. Moving to London in 2002 to study at Central … Read more
Thursday, 20 August
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap, dyi… Read more
Sound an alarm - Anti-G is back in the building! Four years after he presented 'Kentje'sz Beatsz' for Planet Mu, the Dutch bubbler comes back on his native Rwina records with a rave's worth of lurid, forward dance trax. In the time since we last heard him, Anti-G has thankfully stuck to his guns with 'Kush In Da Sound' serving six tracks of upfront, in-your-grill hardstyle synth squeaks and Afro-Caribbean torque quite unlike anyone else. They're largely longer than his previous efforts, with three tracks running over 5 minutes, as opposed to under 3 minute, giving more time to canter, bubble… Read more
Thursday, 13 August
**Housed in screen-printed heavy duty PVC wallet** Deadboy steps on the gas with a 'Black Magic' counterpart to his 'White Magick' delicacy for Local Action. Its predecessor's lucent negative space is perfused with darker spirits and weighted rhythms, flipping 'White Moon Garden' as a twilight bassline house raver, and redirecting 'Sad Sniper' to a bouncing Jersey club sound. Better yet, he provides a playfully technoid funky VIP twyst on his Crazylegs zinger, It Did Not Feel Right', and sweetly extracts the lush, lysergic essence from 'Rye Angel' in a ghostly garage-house re-vision.
OG Ruff Sqwad producer and grime pioneer Rapid cuts loose on his first ever solo instrumental 12" under that moniker for Butterz. No effing about, he draws for a killer quartet flexing from the barking 8-bar madness of 'Hear This' to the technoid breakbeat grime mutation, 'Rebore', and over to the bilious brass attack of 'Pepper Riddim', plus the old skool darkness of 'License'. A str8 win for the grime DJs.
Deep Medi launch a killer 2nd solo attack from Dub Mechanics' K Man. 'Blink' charges up a cantering steppers riddim twisted with nasty synth roque and smoothed out with butter pads. B-side, 'Power Drill', as its name suggests, is a proper rave tool, gunning for that Coki sound with staggered mid-range synth and neck-snap snares.
*Deluxe Edition includes a bonus 10” of remixes from Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor’s new band* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the h… Read more
**Heavyweight vinyl, includes download code** "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound design work of contempor… Read more
Curl a lip, drop a hip with the deadly swagger of Chunky's 2nd session for (Swamp) 81. Landing three years since his eponymous dubble-pack, the Manchester-based MC-cum-producer rolls with the craftiest, stripped-down swerve for Loefah's label, pitting years of experience at the head of the dance, both on mic and the 'floor. 'Oun_C' is a proper natty burner, juggling dubbed-out halfstep bass patterns with slinkiest hi-hats in the most fluid sorta new skool rolige; 'Call Me, Let's Do Lunch' tucks a similar drum palette to more laid back, liquor-laced effect, subtly shifting weight onto the other foot wit… Read more
Thursday, 06 August
Conscious, heavyweight dub mutations sent from Bristol's Ishan Sound and Rider Shafique via Hotline. Vocal and dubwise, both plates express a signature Bristol sound; windpipe-crushing subs, skeletal rhythms, Casualty-intro levels of dread, and atmospheres describing nocturnal Avon valley panoramas. First disc heaves with the steppin' pressure of 'Militant Mindset' and its scything, industrialised E3 dub, backed with the earth-moving dubstep/grime artillery of 'EOD'. Second plate, 'Rivet' dials in a 999 dubstep panic, and Rider voices the natty skank of 'Highest', also slung in dub.
Thursday, 30 July
*Upfront Exclusive* Killah brukbeat and swing techno functions from Spatial on his resuscitated Infrasonics imprint. 5 years since leaving his label on ice with a CD round-up of their first four releases, Infra12006 marks its return with signature, minimalist efficiency and dancefloor insistence. With 'HeLa' he syncs pendulous kicks and scything chords in möbius loop twysts occurring somewhere between the oblique swing of Phork and the latinate shuffles of El-B at his slinkiest. In 'Referent' he tests out a more crack'd sorta bruk funk nodding to A Made Up Sound's earlier, ruder transmissions, b… Read more
Thursday, 23 July
Lil Silva cuts hard and wild on his 2015 shotta, 'Drumatic'. With the title track he forges a fresh sorta UK techno-bruk tribalism infected with buzzing grime bass and razor-cut breakbeat rattle, and 'New Squeeze' updates OG West London bruk funk with a tauter, gleaming techno edge, all percolating perfussion and melting chromatic chords. '606' clocks out with a pinging UK electro-funky zinger that could only come from this don. If his previous form is anything to go by, this may be your one and only 12" from Lil Silva this year, so make the most of it!
Silkie follows two volumes of 'City Limits' albums with the plush dubstep boogie dimensions of 'Fractals' for Distal's Anarchostar label. There's far more variation in this suite than we've previously heard from Silkie, proving equally adept at Miami-style electro in 'Escape Route', trim electro-tech in 'Moda' with J. Tijn, and swish Linn funk in 'Love Affair', alongside the trap-style lean of 'Majik' and electro-jazzy halfstep in 'Cascada'.
Blue and moody garage/breaks rollers from Kiwi label, Egyptian Avenue. 'Windmill' features delicate vocal from Afiya placed over rustling breakbeats and emotive string arrangement; 'Devotion' rolls off on a sullen halfstep weighted with folksy strings.
Thursday, 16 July
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
Diaphanous ambient-grime designs from down under. Sydney's Mokona elides styles with seamless precision, plumbing the lusher depth of '80s new age and '90s ambient where many of his scene peers prefer to keep everything upfront in the mix. A-side features the wistful weightless arrangement of synth voices, flaring lead and airborne flutes in 'Morning Vapour', and with a hazy, meditative patina of bird calls and gaseous pads punctured by swooping drums in 'Shrine Garden'. Turn it over and 'Inner City Test Run' unloads crunching dancehall snares and crushing subs streaked with polychromatic synths, … Read more
Thursday, 09 July
Sawf London's Coyote Records pull another wicked debut from the pack with Spokes' 'Green Eyes' session. Working at the soft spot between OG grime and new age ambience, their three originals present lucent visions of our present future, crisply detailed with avian flute chatter and prickling electro drum palettes, at best in the Slackk-approved 'Lo Pan Strikes' and the shades-on at midnight ATL vibe of 'Mutations'. On a remix tip, E.M.M.A. proves a fine candidate to spin the light-headed dynamics of 'Ritalin', earthing its diaphanous bleeps and white noise washes with double dipped bass and whirrin… Read more
Proper, mutant UK killers from Bristol's Lurka. 'Partials' follows a steady line of dancefloor inquiry from his early ones for Black Box, thru a killer Hotline drop and last year's unique 'Holding' 12" to twyst farther still from convention with these weird gems. The title track rides a slackened, bashy dancehall bump with calving chromatic synth motifs, sounding something like Pekka Airaksinen and Florian Hecker on a very freaky weekend at Sandals, whilst 'Mach' holds steadfast to that tempo but with kinkier fills and metallic licks. Tip!
2nd album from LHF distilling myriad elements of UK and outernational soundsystem culture and vibes for Keysound Recordings. The work of Amen Ra, Low Density Matter, and No Fixed Abode, a.k.a. LHF, 'For The Thrown' presents ten filigree collages of samples and synths to follow the rudeboy stance of their recent Ragga Twins hook-up. The production focus is on bright, colourful melody and textures, full of choral synths, wistful flutes and Alice Coltrane-like shimmers buoyed by subtle subs and percussion that glints under the sun.
Thursday, 25 June
Manchester's Walton consolidates grime, techno and dubstep frames in a taut collection for Tectonic. Last spotted on a trio of 12"s for Hyperdub, he remains true to a mutant 130bpm stylein the 'Bulldoze' EP, throwing down the icy strings and whirring worksite percussion of 'Wrench' beside the ruffneck bongos and wheezing grime melodies of 'Flute Riddim' up top, whilst B-side brings a killer sound synching pirate radio barks with EBM-strength drums and massive subs, and 'L.E.A.N.' comes off like some Chiraq drill infused with roadwise UK flex. Cold and deadly.
Thursday, 18 June
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort of bl… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
Keysound link up LHF and UK dance legends, The Ragga Twins, on a ruffer set of 'nuum mutations. Amen Ra, Double Helix, Low Density Matter and No Fixed Abode divide duties accordingly, coming with four tracks ranging from darkside megadome wreckage with the dread 2-step junglism, 'Fugese', beside the radar-skimming roller, 'Exodus', whilst '2000 Dust' runs at a ruder, Ghost-style garage tilt, and 'Street Wise' dips with jazzy midnight halfstep flex.
Black Acre bruk loose with Tsunga's solo debut volley of 'ardcore/B-more rufige. 'Maris Piper' bangs out choppy jungle swerve streaked with darkside pads and brooding breakdowns inna classic fashion, whereas 'B More Dog' feels more upfront, closer to say Mumdance's brittle but lushly expansive sound designs mixed with a cheeky old skool rudeboy attitude.
Thursday, 04 June
*White vinyl* The vocalist formerly recognised as Butterclock steps up solo under her own name with four Rinse-ready pop tracks. 'Fade' crosses reggaeton and dreamy '90s pop modes; 'Slowly' marries blue trap and ethereal, echoic vox plus raps by Nina B; Cold' is a dated autotune outing; 'Fantasy' gently bounces in a mid-air pop reverie.
Thursday, 14 May
Brooding dubstep/bass mutations from the Tempa regular. Four tracks stretch out between Reese-loaded darkside 2-step, Burial style, with 'Closed Doors', to woodblock built steppers' house in 'Empty Room', and over into bellicose grime with '99' Aachen' featuring 9ER, and clocking out with a canny tribal house swagger in 'Voodoo Native'.
Kano's Bigger Picture Music slung out this Rustie-produced tune for RSD. Over naughty hair metal guitar chops and drums Kano welcomes you to the jungle. Instrumental on the flip.
Thursday, 07 May
Deadboy makes super nice on Local Action with the 'White Magick' EP. There's a mini-epic's worth of ideas and vibes inside, playing out like the soundtrack to a sci-fi short about occult computer hackers in the ends or, equally, some new age grime romance (we'll leave the casting to your imagination). From the crystalline synth blooms, angelic chorales and roto-drums of 'White Moon Garden', he 2-steps into lush 4th world dimensions with 'Inner Palace' and the beatless R&B sim-stim serenity of 'Rye Angel', all rendered with meticulous attention to hyperreal details. At the mid-point, the ambient… Read more
**Edition of 500** A 2015 Dreem Teem - Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D - go hard and sweet as TDQ for Butterz. Up top, their 'Day Mix' plays with tuffened West Yorkshire bassline vibes speckled with eski flutes and darker Reese bass blooms for the dancefloor captains. Downtown, the 'Night Mix' eases off to a 125 bpm swing, bringing fwd the crackle and glistening chords for an altogether more sensuous and low-lit version.