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Thursday, 30 October

LOGOS / RABIT - Glacial vs. Misnomer, Glacial Sound
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LOGOS / RABIT

Glacial vs. Misnomer

Glacial Sound

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GLACIALMISNOMER

**Edition of 300** White label murder from Logos and Rabit on a KILLER split joint from Glacial Sound and Rabit's Houston-based Misnomer imprint. Proper instrumental grime pressure in four parts: Logos cuts up Youngstar's foundational 'Pulse X' with c*nty "Ha" stabs and snares on a 130bpm flex beside a smashing rework of the Eski template, 'No Heartbeat' and a killer weightless remix of Rabit's 'Double Dragon' augmented by gorgeous blue pads; Rabit chips in a moody mix of 'Dirty Laundry' accentuating the song's melancholy vibe with grimy square waves and snapping drums. Tip!
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LOGOS / RABIT - Glacial vs. Misnomer, Glacial Sound
FUTURE BROWN - Wanna Party / World's Mine, Warp Records
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FUTURE BROWN

Wanna Party / World's Mine

Warp Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: WAP371

Fatima Al Qadiri, Lit City's J-Cush, Nguzunguzu's Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda team bring their debut Future Brown single to land on Warp. Their presence has been felt on the scene for quite some time now, via inclusions in Visionist and Kode 9 mixes and much-hyped shows across the world. Their first physical offering is a worldly blend of trap, ballroom and grime with nods to global dancefloor diaspora, resulting in the low-lying bounce and chiming Far Eastern influences woven below Tink's and 3D Na'Tee in the original and remix of 'Wanna Party', and a fine stab at authentic … Read more
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FUTURE BROWN - Wanna Party / World's Mine, Warp Records
SLEEPER - Lander, Chestplate

SLEEPER

Lander

Chestplate

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: CHST034

Sick twist on the classic dubstep template from Sleeper on Distance's label. 'Lander' recoils an electroid take on halfstep at 130bpm, almost bearing more in common with reggaeton or tarraxho than your usual dubstep styles. B-side, 'Crucially Dubbing' rocks up with a proper future rudeboy skank, and 'Stronghold' does that crooked Lurka-style shift with dread finesse.
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Thursday, 23 October

KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE - Killing Season EP, Hyperdub
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KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE

Killing Season EP

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HYP012

The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one of Le… Read more
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KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE - Killing Season EP, Hyperdub
FANTASTIC MR FOX / VISIONIST - You-Turn feat. Kid A (Visionist Mix), Black Acre
Another reminder of Fantastic Mr Fox's dance-pop brilliance with a sterling Visionist refraction. The Visionist mix ain't concerned with pop potential though, flipping Kid A's vocal into wavering, liquid reflections of itself around his signature pads and a re-sequenced bassline right out of the Actress or Zomby textbook.
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COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
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COOLY G

Wait 'Til Night

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinylLP // £9.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBLP023

Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuati… Read more
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COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
SWINDLE - Walter’s Call, Brownswood Recordings

SWINDLE

Walter’s Call

Brownswood Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BWOOD0129

"Swindle dives straight in at the deep end with sirens and footwork inspired drums, gradually building themes of energetic brass brilliance into the mix…"
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Thursday, 16 October

DUSK + BLACKDOWN - Back 2 go FWD>> EP, Keysound
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN

Back 2 go FWD>> EP

Keysound

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £10.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN049

**The download version bundled free with this release includes two bonus mixes** Dusk & Blackdown seal a vintage year for Keysound Recordings with the darker pressure of their 'Back 2 Go FWD>>' doublepack, including remixes by Horsepower Productions and Facta. The pair's first material since the 'Dasaflex' (2012) album finds them reminiscin' about the red-lit sweatbox at Plastic People, which used to host the foundational FWD>> events - the Rinse-affiliated precursor to the DMZ events and today's influential Boxed nights. But Dusk + Blackdown don't feel beholden to it, instead findi… Read more
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN - Back 2 go FWD>> EP, Keysound

Thursday, 09 October

ACRE - Symbols EP, Project 13
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ACRE

Symbols EP

Project 13

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: P13001

**180g vinyl. Edition of 300** Project 13 resident, Acre, throws his weight around on a wicked debut 12" for the MCR club-night's new label. His 3rd and arguably sturdiest single to date after drops on Visionist's Lost Codes and Pinch's Cold Recordings, the 'Symbols' EP stakes his claim as one of wiliest yung producers in the UK's techno/dubstep/bass nexus. All three productions are stoically minimal but detailed with enough grit and dynamic to rub any dance the ruff way: running from a gutted hybrid of vintage Mala/Kode 9/Martyn-isms at 126bpm in the barrelling topside roller, 'Symbols', and over t… Read more
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ACRE - Symbols EP, Project 13
KATY B / SKREAM / HEADHUNTER  - RINSE20-002 , Rinse
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KATY B / SKREAM / HEADHUNTER

RINSE20-002

Rinse

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RINSE20-002

*Limited series of nine 12” celebrating Rinse’s 20th anniversary, each individually numbered and limited to 300 copies* A1 Broken Record (Jacques Greene Remix) A2 Skream : Rollercoaster (Jimmy Edgar Remix) B1 Katy B: What Love Is Made Of (MK Remix) B2 Headhunter: Prototype (Modeselektor Remix)
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Thursday, 02 October

NOMINE - Nomine's Chant, Tempa
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NOMINE

Nomine's Chant

Tempa

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPA093

Contemplative, agile dubstep and techno hybrids from the Tempa ranks. 'Nomine's Chant' makes use of what sounds like Buddhist chant over sparse, booming 808s and resonant gong timbres. 'Ninjah' is a proper techy weapon flexing out with twutchy drums and snarling neuro licks. 'Syncopator' intrigues the most with a fine meld of bleep techno and UK/US garage at 123bpm.
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Thursday, 25 September

T WILLIAMS - Shake That EP, PMR Records Ltd

T WILLIAMS

Shake That EP

PMR Records Ltd

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: PMR053

T Williams' party house styles on PMR - label home to Disclosure and Jessie Ware. A-side curls out the electro squeeze of 'Shake That' and the warped Uk funk of 'Bahia Repluse'; B-side plays sweeter with the shape-cutters swing of 'Want You To' and an old sjkool house tribute, Dreaming Reruff'.
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Thursday, 18 September

SHE'S DRUNK - Physical, Liminal Sounds
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SHE'S DRUNK

Physical

Liminal Sounds

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LMNL004

Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a bit more unique with the cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.
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PHAELEH - A World Without, Undertow

PHAELEH

A World Without

Undertow

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: UNDRTW001

Dubstep as hyper trip hop from Phaeleh. His 2nd album of 2014 features guest vocals from Sam Brookes, Fifi Rong and Geode on some tracks, interspersed with emosh ambient instrumentals.
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Sunday, 14 September

MOLESKIN - Satis House EP, Keysound
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MOLESKIN

Satis House EP

Keysound

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN047

Exquisitely iced-out, instrumental grime from the Goon Club Allstars boss. Issued a few weeks on from the haughty hybrids of his eponymous solo debut, the 'Satis House EP' is a high watermark for instrumental grime in 2014. Much like his Keysound stablemate, Logos, these three cuts represent the sound at its most forward, searching, meshing radiant harmonics and crystalline melody more redolent of kosmsiche trance and computer music than anything else, to the stark geometries and dynamics of grime proper. A-side, he orchestrates sweeping arpeggios and shuddering bass waves with the visceral … Read more
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MOLESKIN - Satis House EP, Keysound

Thursday, 11 September

LIL SILVA - Mabel EP, Good Years Recordings
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LIL SILVA

Mabel EP

Good Years Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GDYRS009V

Lil Silva reveals his tender underbelly alongside label-mate Banks in the romantic, modern blues of the 'Mabel' EP. Moving much closer to the sound of former collaborator Sampha, the London-based producer balances rhythmic weight with emotional impact in five tracks contrasting metallic halfstep and house flux with heart-swelling trance chords on 'First Mark' or naked, vaulted vocal harmonies in 'Kimmy' and its sister-piece, the bittersweet slide guitar-infused soul surge of 'Don't You Love' with Banks. The title track is best, suspending his vocals in the chromatic ether over a sumptuous, swingi… Read more
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LIL SILVA - Mabel EP, Good Years Recordings
DAEGA SOUND - Under Pressure, TUBA

DAEGA SOUND

Under Pressure

TUBA

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TUBA008

Technoid dubstep weight from West Canada via Brooklyn's Tuba Sound. 'Under Pressure' rolls out on top with trancey licks and searing neuro lashes yoked to a billowing bottom end and tumbling drums. B-side, 'Spirit' builds another trancey head of steam, this time on a pneumatic footworking riddim a la Addison Groove, and 'Abyss' bowls into exotic halfstep terrain with shades of vintage Tempa and DMZ 12"s from Skream, Horsepower Productions, Mala.
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Thursday, 04 September

PEVERELIST - Roll With The Punches (Kowton Linear Mix / Kowton Dub Mix), Punch Drunk Records
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PEVERELIST

Roll With The Punches (Kowton Linear Mix / Kowton Dub Mix)

Punch Drunk Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DRUNK034

Kowton carves up his Livity Sound associate, Peverelist, in two dread versions. Acting as a smart tease for Punch Drunk's forthcoming 'Worth The Weight Vol.2 - From The Edge' compilation, it presents ruggedly refreshed takes on a proper Bristol classic. Up top, the Linear Mix stretches out on retuned kicks and gut-sloshing subs, looping up the melodica hook into cirrus wisps around droning pads to a densely psychedelic climax. Dung below, the Dub Mix opens out more space between the beats, revealing the sub as a tortuous, speaker-tormenting beast.
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Thursday, 28 August

JOKER - Joker: Reimagined (Pt. 1), KAPSIZE
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JOKER

Joker: Reimagined (Pt. 1)

KAPSIZE

Format_dot_vinyl2LP + CD // £13.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: KAP013

*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Some of the UK's most colourful producers make-over Joker classics. Swindle deep fries 'Purple City' with typical flair, and Gemmy yokes the bombast of 'Snake Charmer' to leaner hiphop/halfstep. Trolley Snatcha amps the electric potential of 'Newham Generals' with cutthroat dubstep style, and the OG Kromestar reworks 'Tron' with pendulous, cosmic swagger.
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Thursday, 21 August

IKONIKA - Position EP (Original Mixes), Hyperdub
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IKONIKA

Position EP (Original Mixes)

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDB085

Tensile techno, grime and electro-bass rhythms from the ever-luminous Ikonika for Hyperdub. In contrast to her previous records, there's the feeling she's taken a step back from full-on modernism to bring vintage styles forward in her unique way. A-side, 'Position' jacks up a wily fusion of Dance Mania/Chicago house with Socafied Grime and electroid synthlines, and 'Praxis' twirls a glistening helix of industrial halfstep drums and bittersweet, 3D synth motifs. Flipside is better yet, bringing the crisply punctuated latin freestyle flex of 'Strawberry Underlay' and the dextrous twine of jackin' old skool drums with hairy guitar riffs and Atari blips.
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IKONIKA - Position EP (Original Mixes), Hyperdub

Thursday, 07 August

CHEMIST - Defiance EP (w/ Rabit / Last Japan Remixes), COYOTE RECORDS
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CHEMIST

Defiance EP (w/ Rabit / Last Japan Remixes)

COYOTE RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: COY008

Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owing as much to Angola as An… Read more
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CHEMIST - Defiance EP (w/ Rabit / Last Japan Remixes), COYOTE RECORDS
INKKE - Crystal Children (Originals), Local Action
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INKKE

Crystal Children (Originals)

Local Action

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LOC016

Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
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INKKE - Crystal Children (Originals), Local Action

Thursday, 31 July

EL KID - Labyrinth EP, NoCorner

EL KID

Labyrinth EP

NoCorner

Format_dot_vinylLP // £10.99

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: NC003

*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set* Young Echo's El Kid makes his mark on No Corner with a 4-track concept EP featuring the final transmissions of the fictional SS Labyrinth, moments before it reached crush depth. This 30 minute EP employs recordings from "a skeleton radiophonic crew trapped inside a critically damaged nuclear submarine listing in deepest arctic waters", woven with scudding minimal techno and ice-deflected signals, recounting in abstract, subaquatic detail the fictional sub's final voyage, from the A-side's… Read more
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EL KID - Labyrinth EP, NoCorner

Thursday, 24 July

LEON SWITCH - Deadlock, Chestplate

LEON SWITCH

Deadlock

Chestplate

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: CHST033

Dungeon dubstep tearouts from Brett Bigden aka Leon Switch. It's not very nice, scrawling proper mid-range graffiti all over the caged halfstep beast 'Deadlock', and again with disciplined control in the fierce flipside 'Persepolisia'.
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Thursday, 10 July

NOVELIST - Sniper EP, OIL GANG
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NOVELIST

Sniper EP

OIL GANG

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: OILGANG008

Lewisham grime prodigy Novelist shows some serious production chops on the follow-up to his vocal for Mumdance's 'Take Time'. Much like his angular, agitant mic style, Novelist's beats are all clipped vectors and kerned bars laced with luminous lines of logic, very similar in fact to the relation between Wiley's vocal and production styles. Anyway, these debut productions are fiyah, popping off from the gunshots and snake-charming sino-melody of 'Sniper' to the cheeky bubble of 'Christmas Riddim' and the Chipsy-like motifs of 'Mee2 Remix', and the sparring dancer, 'Messy'. Recommended.
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NOVELIST - Sniper EP, OIL GANG
TAAL MALA - White Renegade EP, Modern Math

TAAL MALA

White Renegade EP

Modern Math

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MMVNL001

“The fourth release from Western Canada’s bleeding edge of bass assimilates dancehall tradition into something fragmented, digitized, and newly coherent. Tiny bits of human voice are appropriated into a dissonant soundscape of shuddering percussive elements, reamplified and decontextualized into a hypnotic computed chant. Love Lies Bleeding leads listeners from euphoric dance to angular breakdown and back again along a shifting path of falling bass tones and modulated drums. Modern Math steps boldly into vinyl’s warm embrace with White Label Renegade and its accompanying Grenier redo."
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TAAL MALA - White Renegade EP, Modern Math

Thursday, 03 July

LURKA - Holding, Black Acre
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LURKA

Holding

Black Acre

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ACRE049

Proper Bristolian swagger-tech from Lurka, making his debut on Black Acre after hot shots for Hotline and Black Box. Up top his anxiously coiled 'Holding' riddim consolidates dancehall and minimal techno with motorik groove and serious low-end dynamics whilst flipside 'Nah So' skanks to an even dread coda of voodoo drums and bass, and 'KMT' comes to bury the dance with Carpenter-esque arpeggios lcoked to garotting hi-hats and belly churning subs. RIYL Visionist, Kowton, Commodo…
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Thursday, 19 June

ATKI2 - Bubble / Galaxy Zoo, FRIJSFO BEATS
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ATKI2

Bubble / Galaxy Zoo

FRIJSFO BEATS

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: FRJ016

Brizzle's Atki2 winds up two bashy waist winders for Frijsfo Beats. The follow-up to his 'Knock Knock' 7" for his home city pals brings a ruder, 'floor-skimming sound with the deft swagger and juggled vocal samples of 'Bubble', whilst he employs some classic pop motifs on 'Galaxy Zoo' for a breezier sort of ambient reggaeton wiggle with infectious percussion and super bright, crisp electronics. Tipped!
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L-VIS 1990 / ILLUM SPHERE / FRENCH FRIES - Modeselektion (Vol. 03 #1), Monkeytown Records
Modeselektor slice off a sweet taster for the 3rd volume of their cherry-picked 'Modeselektion' series. L-Vis opens the account with a swaggering future boogie zinger called 'Funk 4D' - presumably a follow-up to 'Ballad 4D' for Night Slugs - and Schlachthofbronx team up with Buraka Som Sistema for the low-slung, fizzing Kuduro/Bass percolations of 'Volumen'. Manchester's Hoya: Hoya cap'n Illum Sphere brings the 4/4 with a poised jacker called 'Bullet', and French Fries rattles off the gritty drum machien patter and cute electronic motifs of 'Shift'.
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Thursday, 12 June

LAKE HAZE - Force of Nature EP, Unknown To The Unknown
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LAKE HAZE

Force of Nature EP

Unknown To The Unknown

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: UTTU041

Lisbon's Lake Haze represent another strain of that city's unique dancefloor sound with a diverse, expanded follow-up to their debut on UTTU and follow-up for Photonz' One Eyed Jacks label. The Zomby-esque ectoplasm of 'Water Reflection (Intro)' secedes to a nifty R&B-garage sound on 'Brandy Riddim', and full frontal bassline rave on 'Tsunami Riddim' beside the blunted 2-step of 'Vapor Riddim', the West Yorkshire-via-Portugal badness of 'Lightning Riddim' and the R1 Ryders-style tribal futurism of 'Typhoon Riddim'. Maaad!
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