The inimitable Hybrid Theory drops quite a number on the Party Like Us imprint, providing what quite possibly some of his freakiest material to date. "Take Me Up" is the bomb here, where HT lashes in a bunch of abrasive snares of a broken house beat that's strictly for the floor - those seductive vocals riding over it are the cherry on the cake. Check "Drege" too, whose low end is about as gnarly as we've heard from the man.
Immoral Music is back with a vengeance! This is the second instalment of their House & Bass series, an anthology dedicated to their closest artists. A lot of familiar faces here, such as Bruzikiewicz and Timestwo, and it's a funk-packed showcase of some of the most grooving dancefloor filth you'll hear this summer. We particularly like the techy vibes of Bad Habit's "Nothin' Bad" and Transcode's bass-techno hybrid, "Where's My Money". This is gonna cause complete mayhem in the dance!
Jay Cunning's Sub Nation follows up its successful launch release from Dead Belly with another contemporary fusion of rave's finest and most historic elements, with "Damaging" a full-on assault on the senses. All loopy and steppy, it's two parts dancehall, one part ghetto with a cheeky sprinkle of house in there, too. "Show Me Fire" continues to stir the heady brew with elements of classic LFO, ragga vocals and deep-seeded bass that rumbles throughout. Covering more bases than an entire World Series tournament, there are very few 130-minded DJs who wouldn't benefit from this.
Up and coming producer Ste E follows up the killer Invade EP on Domino Effect with a debut for self-proclaimed "future house and garage" label Xylo. The producer fits right in with "Thousand Times", whose savvy combination of rave-inspired bass, bright stabs and infectious vocals are the kind of thing that might give Eats Everything a run for his money. "Show Me" is a much moodier number, with a darker melody bringing out the melancholy in the lead vocals sample, coming across like the perfect contemporary updating of mid-90s house music.