Every now and then a producer comes along who changes the game with a forward thinking new approach to a familiar sound. Hailing from Leeds Dan Smith, aka 1Point5, is gearing up to be one of those guys. This, his latest for In:Flux, boasts three fresh new jams - the dubby, percussive moodiness of the title track, quirky, skippy 4 x 4 of "Brock 2000", a collaboration with GLVR, and the wobble/2-step mash up "Sun Comes Up". There are also three remixes, the best of which is the distorted crunch of Tik&Borrow's pounding rework.
601 are breaking their relative silence since their We Do Bass album three years ago. We've had the odd appearance here and there, but this is their first proper single since. They've not lost their mojo though, far from it - "Ubad" is one of the most badass slices of laser-ghetto breaks they've ever done. "Protest Dirty" on the other hand goes into more epic territory - with ominous, rumbling bass, intense beats and incessant vocal snippets. A welcome return.