Having struggled to find his niche during the early part of his career, things started looking up for Randomer when he popped up on Numbers back in 2011 with the bombastic blends of acid house and techno that made up his impressive Real Talk EP. Since then, he's impressively flitted between techno and bass music, and here delivers an all-out techno assault for Clone's occasional Basement Series. There's a real no-nonsese feel to the relentless kick-drums and cut-up vocal samples of "Stupid Things I Do", which comes in "New School" and "Old School" mix formats (the latter including some looser techno breakbeats, and thus being our pick). The EP also includes two formidable percussion workouts, which deliver driving drums and booming basslines.
Following the sad news of Rashad's passing, this latest single from the ever-productive Addison Groove takes on a more poignant nature as the late footwork legend guests on the second track. That the track is called "U Been Gone" only adds to the emotional weight of it, not to mention the wistful keys and yearning vocal lick. Elsewhere Addison Groove is on typically fiery form, from the rave baiting whiplash of "Push It" to the weighty bassbin busting badness of "Dat Ass". The samples are beyond cheeky in their recognisability, and it matters not a jot when the music kicks as hard as this.
It's chart baiting garage time once again as DJ Q and Flava D link up on Local Action to turn out the kind of crossover hit that matches brains and brawn in equal measure. "PS" comes on bright and chirpy in its lead-in, all sugary synth splashes and catchy diva vocal hooks, while the drops rip into a deliciously freaky workout with alien melodic wobbles and plenty of weight bottom end. Balancing edgy underground qualities with unabashed accessibility has always been Q's game as much as Local Action's, and here the team more than deliver with a perfect slice of contemporary UKG.
In addition to his work as one half of Mista Men, London via Doncaster producer Ryan Aitchison has been making solo moves under his Mella Dee guise these past few years with appearances in all the right places (think Wolf Music, Shabby Doll and Sccucci Manucci). In fact Mella Dee's featured on two of the latter label's releases so it's little surprise to find the producer popping up on the affiliated Manucci's Mistress operation. The Feel It Out EP sits snugly between house, techno and bass music with the lead cut featuring a rather vicious sub bass line and some superb vocal edits, whilst "Raptor" opts for a moodier UKG meets snapping techno flex. Do check the smudged out bass refix from Will Berridge too.
For his latest release UKF super producer Roska shows the likes of Robin Thicke how write a good song about confused signals. "Crossed Wires" sees the Kicks & Snares man pursue a noticeably more luxuriant blend of deep and precise pop-house than ever before, with smooth, emotional pads and silky vocals courtesy of Himal. Elsewhere "Master Of Persuasion" explores laser-heavy soulful garage pop, "Superlemonhaze" goes back to dubstep and EP highlight "Right Here" takes in some seriously creepy percussive underground vibes. Gonna be mega.
After making heads turn with the worldly wares of his Tambacounda EP for Black Acre earlier in the year, Clap! Clap! is back with another rapid-fire round of riddims that flit dexterously between traditional sound sources and hyper-modern production skills to create a distinctive melee. "Buck" has all the ingredients for a sturdy club rocker, working an African vocal lick around an urgent tempo and clattering percussion while a heavily reverbed cascade of bleeps spell out the electronic side of things. "Ichnusa" is a shorter concern that explores loping and interlocking chimes and hits with a sumptuous handle of melody and a nagging groove.
Plastician continues flexing back to the past with future fusion on this second part of his Plasticman Remixed series, dusting off the parts to his foundational fire and sharing them liberally among some of the most exciting names in the game. Highlights flicker and flip from every rub; the elasticity of Kendo & Gunkst's bubbles and rolls, the uncompromising rusty grunts and metallic menace of Patrick Brian's version, Mojo's careful balance of scuffed skanks and hands-in-the-air positivity, the naked sinewy UKG vibe of Roska and the unashamed star-gazing, almost Kraftwerkian vibes of The Others remix. Remixes don't come with much more bass heritage and creativity as these.
Ahead of their long-awaited debut album Imagin, Dark Sky break a year's release-silence with two awesome slices of uncategorisable bass beauty. "Silent Fall" is as delicate as it is heavy. The vocals (which don't sound too far away from Ninja Tune's Stateless) fall lightly on a punctuated heartbeat bass refrain providing the ultimate balance of weight and spirit. "Odyssey", meanwhile, thunders with a more robust full-bodied wave that's slinks and slaps over a solid tech arrangement with nuances of classic electro... A little like Deetron might after eating a lorry load of burgers. Now let us feast on the album!
Just over a year since the release of his debut on Local Action, Baltimore's Lil Jabba is back with six new bombs in the shape of GuLLY. Always one for fusing horror vibes with the deeper end of footwork, this new mini LP keeps the neg vibes comin'. Highlights include the doomy trap opener "Grotto Anthem", the sci-fi synthwork of "Spur" and "Flexin (Jabba's Cut)" which sees a scattershot high-end fire fight above fizzy synth swirls and swishes. Never has being creeped out felt so good.
Ahead of his Double Divide album dropping on Houndstooth, the artist formerly known as Al Tourettes sneaks out this lead track in his inimitable style of slithering, intensely detailed machine funk. "Shaman Champagne" is a foreboding affair layered with disorientating sonic matter that flies around a rock solid beat before the track lifts off into more magical realms of sci-fi romance. Perc steps up to perform a remix duty on the track and he doesn't hold back in slamming down a monstrous techno vision packed full of abrasive noise and rigid a rhythm. Machinedrum meanwhile ignites his Aden alias for a more subtle reappraisal that feeds off the wild energy of the original to create a taut and multi-faceted tech house barnstormer.
Portuguese native Luis Sequiera has been living in London for a while, and this is his second EP for the iconic Third Ear label, a home to names like Thomas Brinkmann and Theo Parrish. These four tracks are perfect for the label, where Briddim conjures the perfect blend of house, garage and electronica, all engulfed into the producer's creative stream of thought. The title track is certainly our favourite, with its seductive loop coiling over itself continuously, but it's all utterly class and as usual, another masterpiece on this strong label.