In a broadening of signings for Deep Medi Musik, A Taste Of Struggle (to give them their full title) are a fresh duo with a distinctive cocktail of R&B, dubstep and trip hop that manage to channel the strongest facets of all those genres and arrive at something distinctly leftfield and utterly sensual at the same time. A blunted haze hovers over the low slung beats and woozy chord tones, the heartfelt vocals cutting through the mix with bittersweet tales of modern urban living. Managing a classic approach whilst being surprising at the same time, the wildly fractured piano funk of "What I Need" says all that needs to be said about what a strong debut album this is.
Our favourite Spaniard A2C returns to Pandora Box with some of his inimitable breaks flair in what is probably his most daring outing yet. The title track is an absolutely storming, filthy garage bomb with some seriously abrasive low-end, While "Funky Out" is its more chopped-up, grooved-out spawn. "Original House" on the other hand is a punchy, MAW style workout - those breaks are very tasty indeed.