Boomkat Product Review:
Killer family portrait from Wallwork & TSVI’s Nervous Horizon, hustling nuggets by regulars DJ Plead, Ehua and the bosses, plus label new bloods Ultima Esun, Happa, Seven Orbits, Aquarian, Josi Devil ++
Leaders of the hard drum skool, Nervous Horizon stake their flag at the dancehall meridian with a baker’s dozen workouts bending mahraganat, dembow, D&B and Congo tekno trends to a muscular, reductionist agenda for the DJs and dancers. With producers hailing from all corners, it’s a strong testament to a global riddim dialogue accelerated by the internet over the past decade and more, and speaks to a global rhizome of drum disciples linked by an urge to warp the grid in thrilling new ways.
Label co-kingpin TSVI bookends with exemplary chops in the mahraganat-tilted dancehall of ‘Tambo’ and what sounds like liquified, skeletal singeli in ‘Drama Demon’, while DJ Plead also impresses with crisp Arabic drum rolls and Timba-esque licks of ‘RB C’, with Wallwork on the hard digi-ragga swivel of ‘Slime’, and Ehua dipping to the super-spaced out ‘Deepstaria’.
Label newcomers also nail the vibe with Ultima Esuna recalling Zomby’s 8-bit flux in ‘7 Salidas’, and UK’s Josi Devil updating ‘90s ragga in ‘Breathe Easy’, while Happa laces up his moonboots for the anti-G stepper ‘Glacial Breaks’, and Aquarian whips out the mentasms on his slow/fast zinger ‘Saule Dub’, and Chrisman nods to Menzi’s Gqom mutations in the bone-rattling trills of ‘Medocre’.