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03 Oct 11
06 Aug 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Leftfield, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: Kwesi Darko returns with his first original Blue Daisy material since his weirdly underrated debut album The Sunday Gift from last year, teaming up with the unexplained entity Unknown Shapes for the six-track EP Bedtime Stories. One listen through and it's clear Darko has been taking his time perfecting a set of tracks with a breathtaking attention to detail and texture, and it takes a few more listens for all its subtle intricacies to truly show. It would be easy to cite everyone from James Blake to Burial to the majority of the Tri Angle roster to provide some context for tracks such as "Insomniac Love" or "Wet Dreams" but such comparisons don't really do justice to the cavernous soundscapes that Blue Daisy and the Unknown Shapes have cast on Bedtime Stories. The moments in the title track where ripples of purple funk break free alone are worth investigating.
25 Feb 13
Review: Here we have the self-proclaimed 'new wunderkind of glitchy electrofunk' a rising London producer whose style recalls an even more hyperactive Rustie, and newly signed to Mofo HiFi. Brandishing 6 tracks, this EP demonstrates his aim to 'sound like a mosaic of every great electronic dance style of the past 30 years'. Highlights include the hyperactive "Waterphone Shadows", the shimmering chillwave of "Glass Moon" and the crystalline RnB synth fantasy of "Cybo".
06 Aug 12
Played by: Eric Sharp, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Da Goblinn /Remuted, Matt Love
Review: Can you imagine a more perfect mix - the innately soulful yet age-worn vocals of American singer Bobby Womack and the effervescent and vital bad-boy house of Julio Bashmore? XL really nail it with this remix release of this highlight from Womack's latest album, with the Bristolian house god spending a good couple of minutes teasing the track in as vocals are looped and basslines drill into your head, before unleashing a classy and sunny beat for full orgasmic revelry. Exemen do a great job with the tune too on their rerub - gearing up for the Notting Hill Carnival with a dubby 2-step remake.
28 Mar 11
Review: No sooner have we recovered our vocabulary skills from waxing lyrical about the Instra:mental album sampler which followed Boddika's crucial induction to the Swamp81 range of excellence, and Al Bleek drops this! "You Tell Me" will be familiar to patrons of the Boiler Room in recent months, with everyone from Oneman to Pearson Sound delighting in the inherent sonic creepiness of the track. Typically intricate beat programming lays the foundations for an increasingly fractured synth lines that split with schizoid volatility as the track progresses. Totally unique music from Mr Bleek! "Breezin'" forms a nice contrast to the crazed eeriness of "You Tell Me", all crunchy woodblock rhythms, haunting vocal refrains and floating synth lines wrapped in a devilish acid bass finish.
13 May 13
11 Jul 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Juno Recommends Techno, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mr. Mitch, Gntlmn, J Courage, Lucent
Review: After the success of the original Southside EP last year, Bok Bok has called upon his mates to rework some of the lead cuts with results that stretch across the board. Sir Spyro has some filthy bass at the forefront of his playful reworking of "Silo Pass", while the horns get teased in the appropriate places to great effect. Vjuan Allure instead focuses on dry beats working around a UK Funky template, with only scattered effects left to fill in the gaps. Bok Bok's own remix of "Charisma Theme" piles the tension on high with dread strings and a snappy dispersal of percussion. L-Vis 1990 gets jacking with his take on "Reminder", leaving it to Helix to delve into a funky techno rut to conquer "Look".
30 May 11
Played by: Antikue, Paul Mac, Famous Eno, Tom Central, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Star Eyes, The Captain, Bok Bok, Shox, Sounds Of Sumo, Breakbeat.is
Review: Bok Bok has played a significant role in reinvigorating the contemporary bass music scene with the unique brand of neon-tinged grime/dubstep/house purveyed on the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. It's strange then to think that he hasn't graced the NS label with any original material of his own until now, but the Southside EP delivers on the hype and expectation that preceded the release. Kicking off with "Charisma Theme", it's all swirling, hazy atmospherics and taught chiming for the first part. Immediately demanding attention, the hollow thumping kicks of the intro swiftly build into a clipped, rolling riddim with clapping beats and quirky, fidgeting melody and undulating b-line below. "Hyperpass", up next, is a much deeper, darker beast, with ominous dread vocal, a dubbed out soundscape, the sound of rainfall and urgent, insistent beats pumping out menacingly. Moving on, "Reminder" is all hissing hats and searing snares, coupled with lassoing synths and a simple, repetitive bleepy melody. Then, there's "Silo Pass" with its scythe sharpening intro, and distant voices, weighty subs and rattling SFX, before grime-infused half step smasher "Look" concludes the EP, with poised and understated prowess.
11 Mar 13
21 Feb 13
Played by: D.j.fulltono
04 Feb 13
Review: For a new-ish label, Lo Note UK have begun with some hot property on their humble roster: first we had Bristol's My Nu Leng and now its hotly tipped Londoner Boxwork. This eponymous release is one of his first 'proper' ones and he's not holding anything back! It's a calling card to display the breadth of his talents, which he does over four tracks. "Specifics" is like Orbital and X-Press 2's Lazy having a love-in, "Bartom" is tropical bass-meets-juke, "Leak" is deep n dark voodoo-bass and things wrap up with the jazzy shuffle-beats of "You Only". One to watch!
25 Jun 12
Played by: Sounds Of Sumo
Review: A super exclusive, one track only release from Brackles on the Brainmath imprint can do nothing but excite and intrigue any avid electronic music fan. Blending a garage sensibility with dubstep and a touch of UK funky, Brackles really hits the nail on the head with this one. A simple intro dominated by sweeping atmospherics, a delicate bleepy melody and thumping drum kicks gets the party started before the track develops into it's full embodiment, with swelling vocals, pattering beats, murming bassline and sci-fi SFX adding a bizarre background note. Get to know if you don't already.
04 May 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Z-Kat, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Bizt, Boska, Sounds Of Sumo, Blah Blah Blah, Lucent, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew)
Review: Considering he's been releasing records for the likes of Planet Mu and Apple Pips since 2009, it would be something of an understatement to say that Brackles' debut album has been a long time coming - but it couldn't have been better timed. Although his sound - a rough hybrid of UK garage and funky styles with echoes of dubstep - is very much of the now, there's an obvious love for the classic sounds of 90s UKG which many of his more inexperienced contemporaries lack - assisted by the inspired vocal contributions from Lily McKenzie and Terri Walker. But it's not just a throwback record - be it the slightly offbeat bass and calypso vibe of "Walkin' Out", or the churning subs of "Squarehead", Brackles nevertheless manages to twist the template into weird and unique shapes. That this album has been released on Rinse isn't a surprise - he's encapsulated nearly twenty years of the station's sound into one record.
19 Nov 12
Review: Braiden appearing on Rush Hour is possibly one of the least expected combinations to surface in recent times; more specifically Braiden appearing on any label is surprising, given how quiet the Londoner has been on the production front since gracing Joy Orbison's now defunct Doldrums imprint. A sideline in photography, a smattering of remixes and a prospering reputation as both a club and radio DJ (check his NTS show) means Braiden's been kept a busy boy, though this two track induction on Rush Hour demonstrates there's been loss in production verve. Lead track "Belfry Tower" seems built for submission pounding intent, rhythms gleefully bouncing off each other as a pressurised bassline puts the squeeze on the crunchy textures that attempt to implement some semblance of melody. "Paganini" introduces a whole different slant on Braiden's palette, commencing with a famous singer's ode to the Italian composer who lends his surname to the title which subtly drops into a killer house groove, all expertly layered drum patterns and wonderfully warm and bouncy bass lines complemented by some brilliant echoed usage of the vocal throughout.
16 Apr 13
Played by: Low Slung, Eric Sharp, Mat Cant, S-File, Diplo, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Carl Cox, Xpress 2, Trevor Vichas, 2 Good Souls, Caserta, Groove Armada, Resident Advisor, Nice7, Tocacabana, DJ Hell, Sister Bliss, Phuturelabs, Umut Akalin, Ntfo
Review: Ben Westbeach's Breach alter ego continues to frolic wildly in the lush pastures of low-end house music with "Jack". The bassline swings like an acid house pendulum while the beats shuffle nonchalantly in the background and a sultry staccato vocal delivers concise instructions on how to unleash the sexual potency of the groove. "Let's Get Hot" continues the timeless less-is-more jack magic but does so with much more of a techno twist. Getting hot is not an order... It's a promise.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Brisa, Alkalino, Hxdb, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Coyu, Resident Advisor, Allmostt, Ogris Debris
Review: There's very little information surrounding this drop from Breach and Midland, but it seems as though the pair have linked up for both sides, bringing their respective modernist house traits to bear on two forthright jams. There's a chunky, peak-time swagger to "101" as drums come pounding down around a deadly chord stab, but there's a great subtlety to the tense atmosphere, fed by distant wraith-like coos. "Somewhere" is a deeper affair, letting rich layers of blue-hued melody hum away with harmonising textures to match, while still retaining a direct quality to get the track working on the floor.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Diplo, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Greenmoney, Deetron, Shox, Guy Gerber, Eats Everything, Super Flu
Review: Joining forces with Dark Sky for a pair of forthright bangers, Ben Westbeech's Breach project goes from strength to strength with its adventures into house jams with a rough, bruk flavour and oodles of sub-testing frequencies built for proper soundsystem battering. "The Click" keeps things lean and mean, letting a sizzling hat ring out while a solitary clap trucks away underneath. This track is all about subtle sound design and that head-crushing bass line, with no need for any distractions. "Fallout" on the flip is much livelier, laying down some slick vocal snippets and rounding out a more friendly sort of bassline for safer dancefloor play.
04 Feb 13
Review: The vogue for a druggy take on 90s swing is still in full flow and this joint right here is a top-notch example. "Love History" is a slow bump n grinder with watery synths, stoned beats and delicious late 80s tropical riffs - all perfumed with wafts of gentle 'oohs' and 'ahs'. Lovely. Remix-wise: Laney adds some 8-Bit bleeps, Sker gets high and nods off on the keys of his fender rhodes, Mr Beep adds perkier tropical beats and Manul goes harder with some post-Dubstep-isms, while Lojt and Elias Smith opt for slick and deep/retro house respectively.
06 Jan 13
Review: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Buku is currently making waves with his take on the bass phenomenon. Here we get a three tracker that contains more ideas than a Charles Saatchi brainstorming session. "Janky" is a booty bass anthem with hints of trap and some heavy keyboard drama. "All Deez" goes deep on the sleazy drum patterns before unexpectedly evolving into a big trancey synth epic. Last but not least, "Prowl" is all about the digital riddims and plucked synth strings glamour.
02 Jul 12
Review: Sheffield based label 2019 Recordings present the latest release form Jerusalem producer Bunny On Acid. "Can't Be Rong" is one of those rare bass productions that strikes the right balance between neon vocal melody and the darker end of 2-step. "Systems Up" is the one that's aimed squarely at the floor though, with piledriver kicks and a tunneling bassline that will really shake up the dance, and a heavy hybrid of Tectonic style dubstep and Boddika's housier tendencies.
06 Aug 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Some truly heavy garage, with sinister textures and dour string melodies all linked to tuff 2-step beats, Buzzin10's "Haunted Garage" is just the tonic for the recent spate of lightweight and honey-coated garage tunes. Their self-titled "Buzzin10" tune from this latest EP in Frijsfo Beats is just as rough and gloriously hectic, while "Dubbed Out" is a charging techno workout that mixes drones and dry snares perfectly.
20 Aug 12
Played by: Sharkslayer, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Sounds Of Sumo, Soul Clap, Diphasic, Pikcha, Wolfhaus
Review: Bwana is a young Canadian currently residing in Leeds. It's evident from the two bass-influenced tracks contained here that this producer has clearly absorbed the sound of the UK into his system; "Baby Let Me Finish" is a venture in to deep tropical territory with building percussive beats built around a multi-pitched R&B vocal sample. "Nami Swan" goes deeper again: interweaving clap-heavy beats with a dreamy organ and swirling pads. Black Orange Juice add a whole new vocal for their electro-soul tinged remix of the title track, while The 14th provides a killer retro-house mix recalling the good old days of Nightcrawlers.
27 Feb 12
Played by: Tcts
Review: The day-glo synths come ripping out of Bwana's studio like there's no tomorrow on "It Ain't Done Til It's Over", pausing only for some powerful woodblock hits to echo at the end of each bar. Otherwise the details and delirium gets piled on in hefty measure on each track from the fresh-faced producer, keeping things melodic and meaningful in every shifting segment. XI turns out an interesting remix that slows the 2-step shuffle right down and bolsters it with haunting and contrasting synth parts. Jack Dixon opts for a more linear house take that still manages to straddle the contemporary hybrid juncture of electronic music.
28 Jan 13
Review: Not just a cool character on Futurama, Calculon's heady cauldron is bubbling with noxious boundary-bounding vibes that take reference from juke, jungle, techno, trap and good old fashioned ghetto-tech. The end result, as you can imagine, is an instant call to action. From the no-nonsense, slow-mo drama of "Bloodfight" to the early proto jungle vibes of "Back The Fuck Up" via the polyrhythmic party-powered shock out "Crush", Calculon celebrates everything that's great about bass-laced music past, present and future.
25 Mar 13
Review: Here we have a split single featuring artists on the Loose Squares roster getting remixed to within an inch of their lives. First up is Ghettotech don Calculon, whose recent collaboration with Austin Speed, "Back The Fuck Up", is turned into a killer slow juke meets jungle synth-fest by the producers themselves. Sinistarr's "Ross" however, is outsourced: and placed in the hands of LA's Drip (aka Atlantic Connection) where it becomes a phenomenal deep bass-meets trap joint.
24 Sep 12
Review: Bringing more of the rough and tumble jack-action to Unknown To The Unknown, Capracara is as up for the party as ever on "Ronin", although arguably reining in his more wayward tendencies for a more direct garage house jam. Still, when the drums hit as hard as they do here, a little linear structure doesn't dampen the spirits. Recent Juno Plus podcasters Kodiak step up for a remix, and they proceed to delineate everything in sight with a chunky broken beat and dense layers of head-spinning melody, vocal samples and effects. It's perhaps less party ready than the original, but addictive all the same. Killer!
23 Apr 12
Played by: Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio
Review: A mysterious producer here, who may just be alluding to Louisianan roots via his EP title for Blackacre. What we do know about Caracal is that he's hip to syrupy, southern-style chopped and screwed madness if tunes like "Elements" and "DeNiro" are anything to go by. Murky in a Burial-mode but with vastly slower tempos, this is dark and devilish and every bit as mysterious as its creator.
12 Nov 12