The lead track on this EP by Bristolian producer Boofy perfectly captures his take on instrumental grime, with a tune that is a wreck of nerves laced with paranoid synths. 'Warzone' begins where the last track ends and ups the ante on sinister mechanical beats and apocalyptic atmosphere. There are two remixes too: Hi5ghost goes for demented hard beats and Nativ keeps it simple with some classic tropical 4x4 action.
Woz has been making a name for himself around the Isles, with everyone from Skream to Toddla T and even Rusko banging out his tunes, and he's back in style with his latest EP for Black Butter, a label which is also rapidly getting to be known as a Mecca for all things bass-heavy. "Early Morning Champagne" features Joel Compass on the mic and boasts a rather sexy house groove along with a proper, bouncing bassline. "Keep" is probably our favourite, though: a straight, menacing house roll which rapidly transforms into a wacked-out assemblage of cowbells, woofing subs and tribal vocal chants. Watch out for the Komon and Adelaide remixes of the title track, they're pretty beastly!
The Riddim Fruit imprint has been known to successfully merge the remnants of dubstep together with more classic and established dance styles. Their latest signing, Skeptix, certainly doesn't disappoint and provides yet another sublime little EP for the label, featuring their usual hybrid flex. "Nanotech" literally sounds like a dubstep track that's been slowed down a fused with a 4/4 beat, while organic really cranks up the cogs and churns out a beauty of a track - grime, techno, house and bassline all combine. Check "Organic" and "Peng Navis" featuring Dephicit for some more dopeness from Skeptix, our new badman!
Killawatt and Osiris continue to push electronic boundaries with this extensive release. With initial roots as an album, Watt decided to scrap the LP plans and put it together as generous EP. Surging to the very fore of bass and techno, much of this is more of a listening experience than a dancefloor sensation. The best contrast can be found between the Villalobos-like harrowed textures of "Backed Into A Fucked Up Recess" and the thumping Regis-flavoured uncompromising techno. Elsewhere we get funky to the nagging clicks and whirs of "Square Trip (Round Trip)" and muffled loop insanity of "Highway Hypnosis". The walls are well and truly down. Let's keep them that way.
The young and enterprising Teefreqs proudly present the 25th instalment of the Smokin Sessions series, a glorious parade of only the most ethereal of dubstep sounds and as the name suggests, strictly proving a another fine meditative excursion (wink, wink)! "Loose Control" and "Deep Future" are both serious head-nodders but it's "Colores", with its intricate drum loops and flexing percussion whirls which really hits the spot. Highly recommended for fans of Hessle Audio...
After the impact of their Keysound release, Mumdance and Logos are now cropping up on Pinch's bastion of Bristol bass, Tectonic, with a pair of dark and atmospheric cuts that reflect the ever-broadening of the label while fitting right in with the predominantly murky aesthetic. "Legion" largely charges forth on a 4/4 groove while dread-filled synth lines and spooky strings hover overhead, complete with a filter-tweaking meltdown in the middle that almost never drops back in. "Proto" is a more viscious beast, launching into action on a militant kick but swerving into hardcore reveries, spun back breaks and plenty more besides on its unconventional journey.
Atlanta's Distal and Mite - co-founders of the Embassy imprint - team up for a stomping 10 tracks of bass-laden house and rave-filtered techno on Concrete Space. The pair are in fine form as per usual, and with five tracks each, they're here to do only one thing: penetrate the dancehall with as much energy as humanly possible. Check "Defnet" and "Monroe" from the former and "Drum Habit" from the latter.
Dropping single number 3 for his Ultramajic imprint, Jimmy Edgar is bringing some no-nonsense electro heat to the boil across three tracks and then sprinkling all kinds of unusual spices to twist the proceedings up. "Ultraviolet" is the most straight-up affair, strutting on a rigid groove and gnarly synth lines that spit out a clear message that it's time to party. "Qlinda" is more curious with its insistent vocal snippets nagging away against the relatively austere deep house groove, but there's still room for some of the choppy edit trickery that Edgar made his name on. "Mercurio" meanwhile gets on a Dance Mania hype that keeps the mood raw and rough, mixing in a touch of footwork and darting into breakdowns and build ups erratically to keep the dancers on their toes.
From the label that released Dopplereffekt's first EP in seven years comes this radically different record. "Kronos" sounds like a particularly racuous take on vintage Underworld; its rhythm hurtles recklessly like an out of control juggernaut, the vocal is as deranged as Karl Hyde, while the hoover bass could be borrowed from an old hardcore record. "Mesonoxian" has echoes of early 90s dance music as well, largely because of the way that a raging sub-bass is combined with a soulful diva vocal. Finally, "Ls6" marks a radical departure: instead of high octane techno it's a deeper, broken beat affair, led by rich chords.