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13 Nov 12
Played by: Lifecycle
30 Oct 12
Played by: Hxdb
Review: Making quite a splash with his brilliant EP for Ramp sub-label Fourth Wave, Dutch producer Felix Lenferink returns on Shipwrec with a similarly intricate trio of bass/house dissections. "First Forlane" comes across like a jazzy, broken-beat take on fellow Dutchman 2562's choppy techno, as churning subs mingle with autumnal melodies, while "Second Forlane" is a more driving production, combining neon synths with forceful kicks and metallic percussion, creating something very much in the Jacques Greene mould. "Third Forlane" offers Lenferink's most stripped back offering, piling discordant keys over dry 808 rhythms, combining with a bold vocal with rich harmonics.
29 Apr 13
Review: Lisbon producer Lake Haze pops his UTTU cherry here with two classy forays into the world of his beloved UK garage. The boy's done good with these new additions to the label's revered catalogue - "Late Night Trip" is a stomping 4 x 4 wobble belter wrapped in typically trippy, bleepy melodies. However, with its laser blasts, epic synthlines and heavy tropical rhythms, "Need For Speed" ain't just Tom Cruise's favourite, it's ours too!
09 Apr 12
Review: Returning to Hotflush after the label helped his solo breakthrough last year, Lando Kal is here with more of that hybrid house music which he is fast making his own. There's a key sound that seems to be emerging with his productions of late, a kind of ring modulation that Kal is slapping on his synths that makes them both warm and eerie in the same note. "Rhythm Sektion" plays off this duality perfectly, making for a seductive mid-paced dancefloor jam. "Inquisition" goes deeper on the details, with some intricate percussion and a bouncy bassline filling a mildly bleak atmosphere.
25 Nov 12
25 Feb 13
Review: Wow! Are people looking back with rose-tinted glasses to 1995 already? Well at least this 'musical magpie' is only borrowing ideas and sounds rather than copying wholesale! Possibly a bit darker than his previous releases this EP features dubby UKG ("1995"), glitchy, post-dubstep ("Hypno", "Fallen") and even a bit of wobble-heavy UKF ("Roots").
28 May 12
Review: Known to many already from Maya Jane Coles' DJ Kicks mix, this crisp and moody tune from Leeds producer Last Magpie finally drops on Hypercolour's sister label Losing Suki and demands checking out - from the washes of echo-textures on the title tune, to the minimal and metronomic "Leeds Syndrome" and the sparkling Detroit-angled "U See".
27 Apr 12
Review: After the triumph of their debut album, Low Limit and Lando Kal are back in action under their Lazer Sword alias, this time on 50 Weapons. It makes total sense to see guest spots from Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum on here, but it's more remarkable how much the duo have switched up their approach from the last LP. There's a much more footworking influence at work, and a lot more ambience and textural ambience where they were once so enamoured with plush, glossy beats and chunky synths. The same attention to detail remains, but now shot through with a moody slant that perhaps reflects their individual evolution as artists.
22 Mar 10
20 May 12
Played by: Haszari
Review: Fake Blood's ever-reliable imprint continue to spread the stripped down word as Lebreton makes his debut with two rather classy slices of electro-informed house music. "Steam" is just one long bassline that doesn't sound dissimilar to Stephan Bodzin's more gnarly work. With a solid groove and well executed twists in the speaker ravaging tale, it's soon to appear in the Oxford English Dictionary under the word 'infectious'. "Tribes" is of a similar 'less is more' mentality as a dampened steel drum riff does most of the negotiating, ably backed up by some rather striking bongos and a whimsical psychedelic topline. Deep, percussive and eerily addictive, it's full "Steam" ahead for the Blood Music family right now.
13 May 13
Review: Despite the irreverent moniker, we reckon this Brighton act are just being coy - they probably spend ages perfecting their sounds really. Besides history is littered with warnings about what letting the machine do the work, haven't they seen Terminator? Anyway "One Love" is a big bear hug of a house record featuring a gruff voiced man spreading the love over some deep grooves and woozy key stabs. "Brighter Day" is a hazy, melancholic slice of early Chicago-style house and is a joy to behold.
02 Apr 12
Review: With the series of 12" s garnering ever more praise among dubstep purists, Keysound capitalise on the appreciation of the LHF collective and issue forth a whole album's worth of material under the appropriate title Keepers Of The Light. The reason the crew is heralded is not because of some stout insistence on making endless monochrome 2003 style dubstep, but because the vitality the genre poses at its best is evident throughout their output. There's a heavy focus on Indian classical samples in many of the tracks which harks back to Dusk & Blackdown's Margins Music, but really the whopping 26 track selection is pushing a brand of freshness in a half-step context which is all their own.
19 Mar 13
28 Jun 12
Played by: Smutlee, Lud Dub, Tom Central, Wildlife!, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), J Courage, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Larssen
Review: The unstoppable march of Night Slugs continues apace as their Club Constructions series starts to take shape with these three cuts from Lil Silva. Unlike L-Vis 1990's starkly functional jackers in volume 1, it's not quite apparent what sets these tracks apart as specific "club constructions", but no matter, they hit where it counts. "Quest" rolls with a mean sinking bassline, while the beat jerks and snags. "The 3rd" is the real standout track though, grating on a maddening groove programmed from way out in leftfield, keeping things sparse and angular but most noticeably twitchy. Boundless joys await in watching people try to dance to this one.
13 Mar 12
Played by: Ac Slater, Visti, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jack Stat, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Aquadrop, Rebelbass (Hum Fi Dub), Sounds Of Sumo, Nsekt, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Zombies For Money
Review: The inimitable chunkiness of the Trouble & Bass stable come to bear once more on Little Jinder's pop sensibilities after something of a three year gap, making for a ramshackle but on-point nugget of a single. The slow-paced electro of the original has a definite penchant for 80s chart busters, which Starkey neatly slices up for a kinetic slice of thoroughly modern dubstep. Deadboy gets some euphoric piano and string stabs going in his summery take, and Distal takes a lighthearted breakbeat approach with his usual jukey drum fills. Colourfully diverse from start to finish.
01 Apr 12
Played by: Ursa Major, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Techno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Turntable Actor Chloroform, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Canu
Review: R&S Records gift us a rather fine prelude to Galaxy Garden, Lone's forthcoming album, in the form of the resplendent rave of Crystal Caverns 1991. A true highlight of that set, "Crystal Caverns 1991" is reminiscent of the producer's former glory "Pineapple Crush", though there's a lot more rhythmic intricacy at play here. Kicking off a breakstep beat with those sweet but punchy 90s synths that Cutler is renowned for, the track cuts into a deadly rave motif without so much as a pause in the beat and it's like being back in, er, 1991. Up next, "Vulcan Mill Acid" is equally self explanatory, an alien 303 workout with added cowbell that slips into steel pan territory without any of the wetness of a Jammy xx production.
11 May 12
Played by: Lpz, Mental Overdrive, Tom Central, Kush Arora, Future Beat Alliance, Posthuman, Boska, Bunny On Acid, Tosses & Varvez, Blah Blah Blah
Review: It's a disregard for pretention that makes Matt Cutler's music work so appealing, whether it be the exuberant 90s house approach on last album Emerald Fantasy Tracks or his earlier hip hop-tempo bump. Galaxy Garden starts off on a more esoteric tip with the tropical electronica of "New Colour", which captures the cheeriness of Plaid, or more recently Oriol on Planet Mu, in its sunshine chimes. By the time we get to "Lying In The Reeds" we're up to a house tempo that harks back to the softer side of early Detroit, playing with melody in a way that made Kenny Larkin stand out early on. It's when "Crystal Caverns 1991" starts up that we reach the most blatant distillation of old-skool; kicking off a breakstep beat with sweet but punchy 90s synths, the track cuts into a deadly rave motif without so much as a pause in the beat and it's like being back in, er, 1991. It would be easy to write off an album like this as derivative, but no-one can listen to the music itself and call it an imposter. Every track reeks of originality, whether it be the surprising track structures, the superbly detailed production, even the evocative imagery that the music conjures up. If you ever needed an album that felt like wide-eyed, innocent joy, this would be an excellent place to start.
27 Sep 12
Review: Based in Zurich, shady producer Look Like describes his sound as basically 'House & Bass'. Fair enough really, can't argue with that; his sound indeed nestles snugly in between these two genres. The title track comes across like a crossbreed between minimal house and bass music, clever stuff. "What I Need" is dreamy and melancholic with lots of synthetic toms and claps but the tempo only picks up for the immediate bouncy garage fun of "Don't Care". Frag Maddin take us deep into the early hours with a druggy-house e take on the title track. Also Lokiboi provides some garagey energy to "What I Need".
15 Aug 12
Review: Paraguayan global-bass trio Lopez cook up a spicy yet subtle heater in the shape of "Balham Tandoori" - a minimal yet fascinatingly constructed mix of subby bass and sparkling live percussion sounds. Of a similar bent, Hyperdub's LV - about to drop their own fantastic Sebrenza LP - remodel the tune on the flip into a mostly drumless extension of the original that sacrifices the beats but gains a lot more melody.
18 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit), Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Apparat
Review: Left_blank graduate Lorca steps out on the impossible to predict Dummy label with a two tracker of supreme proportions. "Can't See Higher" has seen plenty of favourable comparisons to "Hyph Mngo" era Joy Orbison thanks to that fractured female wail and soft focused breakdown, though the most impressive aspect for us is the almost too loose percussion that's reminiscent of Kieran Hebden in one of his Fabric friendly moments. Up next, "Missed Me" hints at a percussive swiftness that would have Blawan shifting uneasily, though instead of matching the SoYo producer in the how to scare a dancefloor with deviant techno stakes, Lorca instead flushes the rhythms with a shimmering, smudged out deepness - again centred around teased female vocals.
03 May 13
Played by: Numa Crew
Review: Never one short of a vivid imagination, Italian producer Lorenzo is back with this completely insane club bomb that actually features the trumpeting of an elephant! With nods to his fellow countrymen Crookers and their cut up fidget house sound, "Savana" features throbbing low end, scattered beats and yes, an epic elephant! Clap Clap's remix features a bizarre double -time Bollywood sample and Diplo style melodies. Finally "Vatican House" is deep and proggy with a dash of electro-swing for good measure.
10 Dec 12
Review: Louie John isn't particularly well known yet, but he's starting to pick up a few plaudits for his varied EPs on Soulservice. The Broken Promise EP features more mixed-up takes on house and garage. The lead cut goes deep, delivering a loose-limbed fusion of broken drums, jazzy keys and tech-house FX. "To Be Seen", on the other hand, offers a contemporary take on the classic late '80s Inner City sound. "Limit" bases the action around a squidgy electrofunk bassline and some big room stabs, while "Deep thoughts" swings between deep house sassiness and acid house revivalisn.
06 May 13
16 Jul 12
Review: A big new tune from Liverpool bass man Lucent, with some killer remixes tied in on this release from Four40. After a killer detuned spoken-word sample, Lucent drops a mad yet threadbare rhythm that's all the funkier shorn of big stifling basslines. The mighty Tomb Crew craft an upfront raver on their remix, while Kozee's mix is a revelation - generating a warm and tight funk thanks to some distant beats and soulful keys.
07 May 13
Review: Luckybeard is both the artist and label name of Italian producer Francesco Barbaglia. Proudly 'devoted to electro, house, dubstep and bass music', it's no surprise then to hear his latest release comprises elements of virtually all of these genres. Production-wise, Barbaglia deals in controlled chaos, and he does so to totally bonkers effect on the frankly incendiary "Descending Love", the apocalyptic crescendo of which has to be heard to be believed.
16 Mar 12