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02 May 11
Played by: Wildlife!
Review: 2nd Drop - the label who brought us early Ramadanman and Rusko - come up with another superb release from LV. The original blends a classic roots n reggae vocal with slurry, stumbling dubstep rhythms, some tooting sax for smoky late night appeal and plenty of atmospheric panache. Hessle Audio flirting Fantastic Mr Fox gets on the remix duties next, re-working "Don't Judge" into a super slick, clip clopping 3am job. Superb!
23 Jul 12
Review: Ahead of their hotly anticipated second album, LV are in rabble-rousing Kwaito mode on their new single for Hyperdub. Re-aligning with rowdy MC Okmalumkoolkat on the lead track "Sebenza", it's he who holds the song together with his assured flow while the groove splays manically around neon daubs of melody and hyperactive beats. "Get A Grip" pumps a cheeky trade in peak-time floor wrecking goodness, full of the crafty production that L.V. have made their name on, while "Zulu Compurar" cools things off for a brief stint in technological lyric references and a gentle Funky excursion. As ever the synths rule the day, buzzing and humming with an innate wonkiness that creates the very charm of this singular music.
27 Aug 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Dusk + Blackdown, Lwp Records, Diplo, Chrissy Murderbot, Diphasic
Review: Rapidly following up 2011's superb Keysound long-player Routes, production trio LV make a logical move to Hyperdub for Sebenza, an album that features a trio of South African vocal talent, including Okmalumkoolkat from Dirty Paraffin, Spoek Mathambo and MC/producer duo, Ruffest, and production that takes in Kwaito, Soca, kuduro and UK funky to create its own unique sound. Standouts include the dark and urgent title track, the snappy vocal wit of "Animal Prints" and the spiky digital dancehall of "Nothing Like Us". But like Routes, Sebenza is much more than simply a collection of disparate dance tracks, but a rich tapestry of influences that is light years ahead of their nearest competition