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19 Mar 12
Review: We're not entirely sure who Slick Shoota is - or, indeed, whether he is actually a well-groomed marksman - but this EP is packed with urgent, energetic future garage grooves. Both "Love You You You" and "8 Bit Beauty" combine choppy vocal samples, classic garage sounds and steppy, hip-wigglin' rhythms to great effect. "Hit The Flow" delivers a stomping UK funky excursion with a thrilling slo-mo breakdown, while free track (yep, you can download it for nothing) "Eye Turn Red" is three minutes of edit-happy garage bounce. The heavy tropical drums and classic garage vocals of "Beby" complete a catchy package.
25 Jun 12
Review: Expect low slung, synth-laden party beats to erupt from this three-track release by Notion. The "Digits EP" gets things started with a burst of bleepy beats in aptly entitled "Digits", which is all hazy computerized sounds and simple progressions before it drops and becomes an altogether different beast, with pumping beats and shimmying rhythms. "Soundbwoy Killa", up next, pairs an iconic vocal snippet with grinding mid range, clapping beats and a fun, funky vibe. "Watch Here" is another dancefloor-driven piece with grouchy beats, reverberating vocal and compelling melody.
03 Sep 10
Played by: Aquadrop
23 Mar 10
Played by: Flore
09 May 11
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Geiom, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Tcts
Review: Dropped on DVA's XLR8R mix from the end of last year, Dark Sky's "High Rise" finally gets a release on Blunted Robots and it may well be their best release to date. Tightly crafted minimal beats and glacial pads rule the roost on "High Rise", while a bassline constructed from percussion hits maintains the energy on this UKF future-classic. "Armour" is on the flip with a more fleshed-out and mean vibe running throughout - check out those hyped, rattlesnake snares for example - and the ocean deep chords on the breakdowns. Heavy stuff.
15 Feb 11
Played by: Diplo, Pirate Soundsystem, Seiji, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Dev79, J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema), Leonard De Leonard, Marble Players
Review: The Nightshifters imprint run by ex break core DJ come modern day media impresario Jason Forrest (He produces, dabbles in iPhone Apps and runs online TV stations in his spare time) has been bubbling under nicely for the past couple of years dropping releases primed for the floor. This release, however, might just see them accelerate on their upward spiral towards widespread recognition. There's been a sense of growing anticipation surrounding this EP from Club Cheval icon Canblaster and he does not disappoint, straddling the gap between 130 and 180bpm with dizzying brilliance. Heavyweight remix action from the likes of Teki & Para One, Jubilee and Bambounou add some pedigree but the original tracks alone are startling enough to merit purchase. Big moves from the Berlin imprint!
29 Jan 12
Played by: DJ Haus [uttu]
13 Feb 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Vorres - Juno, Bizt, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Jon Saigon
Review: In the space of a few months, Goldffinch have racked up a considerable number of quality releases, and this EP on Saigon is probably their most focused to date. Taking the juke like elements of their previous releases - the clipped, repeating vocals and snappy percussion - the duo somehow manage to make them leaner, and more importantly, fresh. Utilising minimal, swung percussion, "Funky Steppa" comes across as more house than funky, but it's no less effective. "Groove Panda" meanwhile is a stripped-back, warehouse ready percussive jam which uses ultra-dry 808 rhythms in a package that sounds like Pearson Sound gone soca.
29 Oct 12
Review: Possibly named after an ancient Sisters Of Mercy tune, or maybe not, Doctor Jeep is a bass producer from Boston, USA. This is his debut EP and it's an impressive start: With its loud and punishing kick, "Turok", is white-hot techno-bass that even betrays a ghetto-house influence. "Freak U" is a fast and furious freestyle banger which is remixed in a short and quirky, post-dubstep style by Obey City. The title track is also remixed here, turned into hazy, delirious ecstasy-ghetto by CZ & Little Texas and a percussion-heavy palm tree bass jam by Kat Fyte.
24 Sep 12
Played by: Jay Cunning (Sub Slayers)
Review: Nope, not the longhaired, foul-mouthed ex-husband of Katy Perry, this particular Mr Brand is an underground bass producer from Kent. It's a riotous EP from the get-go, with "Wobble (Wibble)" setting the tone via heavy sub, break beats and an instructional-style vocal sample. "Bare Foot" is based around a stop-start dancehall rhythm, bongo drums and a call and response bassline. Echoing early Chemicals or Prodigy, "Leap Frog" finishes things with driving electro bass and the toughest beats of all. A bruiser of an EP.
11 Mar 13
04 Mar 13
Played by: Smutlee, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Dev79, Top Billin DJ Team, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Although there's a few claimants to the Spooky moniker, this one is a grime DJ who hails from London's East End. Here, fledgling label Oil Gang have coaxed a pretty varied release from the man behind 2010's cult hit, "Spartan". "Coolie Joyride" is a cut up of a familiar Coolie riddim, famously featured in Nina Sky's hit 'Move Ya Body'. "Electric Fence" is swaggering half-time electro dancehall and "Rhythm & Slags (Part 2)" is a menacing electro-grime anthem.
27 Jun 12
22 Apr 13
Review: Prague's Meanbucket have snapped up some raw new talent in the shape of Dutch producer 618. This here is his debut release and with one listen it makes it clear why he's created a buzz for himself. "What You Do" is a brutal booty bass assault with serious juke overtones, while "Amsterdammed" applies heavy bass to the kind of techno heard in Berlin in the good old days. Remix wise, the title track become minimal hip-house by Boeboe, thumping house by Embryo Planet, freq bending electro by Seymour Bits and incredible dark electro-house by Veit B.
03 Sep 12
Review: As his game steadily increases with output on all manner of high-profile labels, it's high time that one of Synkro's highlights from last year makes its way on to digital. "Look At Yourself" is a perfect slice of horizontal 2-step, with clattering drums replaced by shimmering pops and clicks, while the keys and pads blur into one perfectly ambient haze. "Girl" likewise belies Synkro's knack for moody blue synths, but also packs a wriggling acid line that cuts through the mellow tones. "Its" rounds the easy-going styles off nicely with a low-slung groove and more of the finely diced RnB vocals that are sprinkled across the whole EP.
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Played by: Scouse/Bouncy House
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Review: Heralding the start of the newly minted Church imprint, Happa makes a strong case for the buzz he has received with but a smattering of appearances before now. "Beat Of The Drum" is as percussion-centric as you might hope, and what percussion it is. Ostensibly based around a 2-step wiggle, the monolithic hits that fall with deft swing are infallible in their guaranteed dance-levelling power. Throwing Snow takes said beats into a frantic, juked-out territory on his remix, firing off that instantly identifiable jerky rhythm and a considerable tempo jump. "Bring It Back" is a considerable shift in style, as Happa delves into a menacing electro house well, leaving it to Apes & Seb Wildblood to drop a more casual deep house cut.
27 May 13
Review: For his debut on Phucked Recordings, 1Point5 has delivered a very impressively produced offering indeed. Intricate, 2-step infused beats jostle for supremacy with bouncy dubby bass notes and a slick vocal from Al Rolfe, before they conclude that basically they all win. Remix wise, Moxix opts for a synth heavy post dubstep reworking replete with crying baby sampling whilst Nu-Direction offers up a futuristic doomy D&B revision.
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15 Apr 13
Review: Maintaining their reputation for the most intriguing contemporary bass skulduggery on the planet, Crackling Claps introduce the fractured, seasick vibes of Genda. The second the dusty, crinkled glitches and surging fuzzy euphoria of opener "Fractal" hits you, you know this is going to take a few listens to get your head around. Sitting somewhere between Morris Cowan, Apparat and Autechre, everything about this engrosses and envelopes. From the spiralling sub-aquatic psychedelia of "Particles" to the soul-stopping synth pulsations and horn washes of "Self Similarity", this bends the mind as well breaking gravity. Make sure Genda is on your agenda...
31 Dec 12
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03 Dec 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Ambivalent
Review: Bristol's Arkist is back with this new two-tracker on the relatively unknown Belgian imprint, Inhale. With its jittery, off-centre beats "Two Night Stand" evokes the spirit of the little known 'falling down the stairs-step' school of beats. That, combined with fizzy rave stabs and autotuned vocals, makes for one weird interpretation of swing garage...and all the better for it. On a totally different tip is "Spiderdrudge", an accelerated slice of deep, dark techno featuring elasticized bass notes, a cool snare click and sinister, insect-like percussion scuttling all over it's scaly frame. Gatekeeper also rolls up to remix the latter tune into a haunting, sparse and decadent garage adventure.
18 Feb 13
06 May 13
Review: Nottingham/Leeds duo, Sergic and Lyka arrive in fine style here with their debut release on their own label Tumble Audio. "Bulletproof" is a pumping, breaky beast that sounds like bullets bouncing off the armour of an angry robot. Meanwhile "Shame' is all skippy beats, housey percussion and dubby bass, while "Glod" ups the tempo for some wobbly 4 x 4 fun.