Straight from his Saturne duo with ASC, Sam KDC pushes off solo into the grey area with four cuts of rumbling techno pressure and Burial-esque darkside rolige.
With his atmospheric instincts to the fore, Sam feels out expansive, gloomy industrial space around the offset kicks of Oracle, and what sounds like an early Burial in the back-masked loops and low lying Reese basses of Pareidolia.
Mercurial Dreams catches him tucking the rhythms where the sun don’t shine as he operates in a murky foreground of RPG-like sound design, then drawing lines from early Suicide up to modern D&B with the palpitating menace of Tower of Babel at the EP’s perimeter.
Instrumental Grime’s forward standard bearers back on road with four straight bullets from new and staple players.
Fresh blood comes from Manchester’s Fallow, squeezing off the Jon E Cash-style 8-bar murder of Rearmament, and Rebore keeps the energy levels up with the bullet riddled and highly strung Campaign.
From the more experienced quarters, Boylan & Oil Gang unload the spartan soundsystem clash of MurderOne and trust Slackk and Logos to take it farther out with the intricate construction of Moroccan Squares, mixing Logos’ signature atmospheres and synth washes with powerful but slippery mid-range torque.
Henry Keen tees up his 2nd 12” as The Room Below for DBA
Doing his thing with jazzy broken beat flair with On The Rhodes; tending to African influences with the lissom, sloshing hustle of marimbas and percolated percussion in Icy; eazing off into slow-mo boogie with Ants In Amber, and dropping a hip to the devilishly swung offbeats of Black Cast.
Rhythm Section Intl.’s Edits From… series ropes in Kev Gorman for a return to the chop shop styles of his early Adesse Versions.
A-side he dispenses a chunky funk break turnt and filtered for the disco-house crowd with jagger.
B-side he rolls out a knobblier cut-up with Run Out recalling the Bohannon-sampling flex of Smith ’N Hack.
Dälek return to Ipecac for their new album, ‘Endangered Philosophies’.
"Pioneers of alt hip-hop, Dälek features rapper / producer MC Dälek, producer / live electronics Mike Manteca and turntablist DJ rEk. With roots in the mid-90s DIY scene, Dälek have consistently released groundbreaking albums, starting with their 1998 debut EP, ‘Negro Necro Nekros’, to 2016’s ‘Asphalt For Eden’, hailed by Pitchfork for its subtlety and restraint, saying “on ‘Asphalt For Eden’, hip hop ascends into the noosphere.”