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03 Oct 11
Played by: Paul Mac, Mental Overdrive, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sccucci Manucci, William Wild (Mindreaders)
Review: Notable for the bulk of greatness on Ramp offshoot Fourth Wave, Gerry Read steps out in style for the 2nd Drop imprint - backed with an equally fine remix from Youandewan. "Roomland" is an expertly crafted excursion through the murkiest depths of techno pressure, all swinging syncopation cutting through the thick viscous layers of bassy atmospherics. It comes across like Anton Zap getting the Modern Love treatment, and it's the little rhythmic deviations and unwillingness to lock into one monotone groove that keep this interesting. Next, Youandewan strips the track of its percussive sheen, replacing the flex with an intricate 2-step rhythm and warbling synth refrains. The overall murky feel remains throughout though.
12 Dec 11
Review: Rounding off another strong year for 2nd Drop, this strong pair of remixes come from two producers who also enjoyed plenty of breakthrough success this year. Distal takes on Gerry Read and twists his smudged house into a honed and rapid-fire footwork assault, full of tumbling toms and vocal hooks while the melodic mystery of the original remains. Sully meanwhile steals the show with his reduced garage roller, emphasising the funk and keeping the subby bass swells lean and mean. It's a freaky space his remix inhabits; somewhere near the early days of Horsepower with that addictive whipcrack beat and ambiguous atmosphere.
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Review: Favourites of everyone from Sinden to Mary Anne Hobbs, R1 Ryders follow up the excellent Full Throttle EP with this newie from their self-titled label. Mixing grime, tech and UKF perfectly, these tunes will slot into a huge range of DJ boxes - the awesome "On Your Marks" especially, with its lazer-guided synth melodies, heavy wobble bass and funkified drums making it a real standout. The strings 'n' bounce of "Cyber" is similarly epic, while the itchy tech-funk of "Pop Shit Off" is frankly begging to have the acapella from Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy" plastered over it - such is the similarity between their bassy stabs and off-kilter rhythms. Listen Buy
12 Feb 13
Review: After a delicious mix for FACT last yeat, the infamous R1 Ryders are back in action on Party Like Us - and yes, they've certainly brought the funk back with them! "Rollercoaster" kicks things off with a sweltering bass line and some raucous, filtered two-step beats. "Freq" is more of an electro, mutant bass monster sounding something like Coki at his angriest and "On My Own" takes a comparatively lighter approach to its deadly dubstep workout. Last but not least, "Slo Mo" drops its weight into a squeaking, bleeped-out frenzy of quasi-4/4 beats and mesmerising harmonics. Ya dig?
03 Jun 12
Played by: Jay Cunning (Sub Slayers), Q-Burns Abstract Message, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Rack N Ruin, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Sub Slayers
Review: The feisty hybrid styles of RackNRuin have been happily flitting about between genres for some time, making them perfect fodder for Herve's Cheap Thrills stable. "Slow Down" rocks a woody percussion approach that maximises the tone of those tom-like instruments for maximum hype, while the rhythm comes flying out at a breakstep pace. "Burning" meanwhile pulls no punches as it whips out some fearsome mid-range synth and a heavily processed vocal hook. This is brash, beat-driven music to inspire all kinds of bass faces and general hysteria in the dance, so get busy moving or get bowled over by the weight behind this production.
28 Feb 11
Played by: Rack N Ruin
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Played by: Rack N Ruin
09 Apr 12
Review: Mixed by RacknRuin, this first journey into the vaults of the Black Butter label throws up some huge grime/UKF bangers. A label that's been showcased by Annie Mac and Zane Lowe in recent months, Black Butter artists like Tomb Crew, Marco Del Horno, Warrior One and Rudimental get put through their paces over these 16 tracks -available either individually or as one continuous mix by Racknruin. Definite highlights include Hostage's deadly remix of Noisses' "The Don" and Warrior One's jungle-influenced take on RacknRuin's own Jessie Ware-hook up, "Soundclash".
19 Dec 11
Review: The Black Butter crew deliver another EP of essential jungle inspired cuts from a number of big names. RackNRuin & Hostage collaborate for "Dangerous", a breakbeat infused roller filled with roaring bass wobbles, nicely offset with some eski synth action, whilst Pixel Fist remixes Warrior One's "The Jump Off", delivering a huge dubstep inspired breakdown, complete with exceptional flow from Durrty Goodz. Finally, Tomb Crew deliver an electro house inspired cut laden with tropical percussion and dirty bassline action with a garage flex in its insistent rhythms, coming to a soaring glitch fuelled climax. Well worth checking!
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Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Hardcore
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