British Columbia's deepest export Abstrakt Sonance has enjoyed spins and support from the likes of Mala and Cotti, Seven and J:Kenzo over the years. And it's really not hard to hear why with stark designs like these. "Open Heart" plays with space as AS throws down an array of unique designs and laces them together with off-beat funk, "Soldier" lives up to its name as its percussion militantly charges a rhythm with no relent, "Sometimes" is a warped skanker with a woozy bass purring beneath scant bouncy elements while "Harder Than AMF" hurls us into the fires of bass Hades with its uncompromised saw tooth savagery. No dubstep stone left unturned, there's something for everyone right here.
Acid Bitchez is a collaboration between knob twiddler Juhal Johnny and self-styled 'lyrical miracle' Jessical Jessika. Completing the Finnish connection on this release is Tiga collaborator Jori Hulkkonen, who delivers a devastating version of "Acid". Teasing his Roland until spews out super-squelchy lines, Hulkkonen's tones make for the perfect accompaniment to Jessika's sleazy narrative. Joeski steers the good ship 303 in a more tribal house direction, while Zia's take focuses on a steely, driving techno approach. General Ludd's interpretation is the most different, with a focus on rolling breaks and swampy subs, but it cannot compare to Hulkkonen's 303-heavy take.