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02 Mar 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro
Review: With but a select few releases to his name, you get the feeling Al Tourettes is still only just shedding light on what he has to offer musically. This EP for the newly invigorated BaseLogic label (from the team behind the mighty Bloc Weekender) offers up four fresh cuts of Al's mutant electro-funk, and it's instantly clear that his sound could dart off in any number of directions in the near future. The devil is in the details, so they say, and on "Swan's Sketch" the cumulative elements all feed into the tension that the melodics spell out. "Universed" makes things a touch more straightforward, employing a classic synth approach that wouldn't feel out of place on an Underground Resistance record, while the beat snaps and pounds for maximum physical response. Once again taking the direct approach, "Badger" keeps things a little restrained - relatively speaking - as an insanely catchy bass line and crisp-as-you-like snare provide the focus. Having been somewhat off the radar for a while, it's good to see Datasette back in action to offer up a remix of "Swan's Sketch". While his clean and fulsome production ways are still intact, his groove has somewhat staggered itself, as the beat strafes uncontrollably, leaving you to try and play catch up.
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".
19 Mar 12
Played by: Smutlee, Kalbata, Monkey Beats, Famous Eno, Tom Central, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, Bert On Beats, Wildlife!, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sunday Roast, Shox, Baxter Beez, Lucent
Review: Audibly on more of a funky tip than his deeper excursion for Local Action late last year, this EP on Enchufada sees T Williams using rawer sounds than some of his more stripped back productions. The title track for example positively fizzles with energy thanks to its sawtooth bass playing off against Terri Walker's sweet vocal hook. "Synthia", meanwhile, is infused with jungle breakbeats and manic stabs. "Malfunction" is driven forward with a wily bassline and UKG synth strings, while "30 Degree" plays with a heavy kwaito vibe. The EP ends on something of a curveball, but "Zoop" still impresses hugely thanks to its dub siren lead.
30 Jul 12
Review: T.Williams's first release for Local Action finally gets a digital release! The minimal jack flows freely on the thick "Afric", while the Deep Teknologi boss crafts some banging snares and Hammond organ stabs on the rising UKF blast of "Anthem" and jams on an extended house groove (complete with sinister dubby touches) on "Flooring". If you missed this on vinyl, don't sleep now.
17 Dec 12
Review: This release marks the first release by another artist on Odiggity's own Swedish imprint, Chaya. It's short and sweet, with fellow Swede Sebastian Tafuri offering up the sole track, the deep and bleepy future garage affair that is "Cadet". The aforementioned label boss steps in too, delivering a much perkier, piano-house inspired version that features more snare rolls than a marching band on parade.
25 Mar 13
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
21 Apr 13
Review: The success of Taiki & Nulight's recent low-key release Late Nights has now seen it expand into a full-blown EP. Again released by Herve's Cheap Thrills, the title track is a dubby, wobbly 4x4 garage roller. "Take Me Up" is a straight up, hands in the air party anthem, "Footwerk" is dark, deep and very late night bassline houser , but it's all about "Offkey" for sheer next level sounds.
19 Feb 13
15 May 12
Review: Sassier than a slap from a glam queen crunked up on sarsaparilla, "Hands" is both cuttingly sharp and stupendously silky. Futuristic garage with echoes of neo soul and soft whispers of classic Chicago house, each of the three numbers on offer reverberate with grooves strong enough to seep into tomorrow. "Hands" shimmies with spine-tingling R&B chords before dropping into a clanging late night bassline frenzy, "I'm Gonna Lose My Baby" is both tribal and twinkling with its robust 4/4 and laser-loving toplines while "And So We Find Ourselves" could sit happily both on daytime radio and on the deeper floors. A rare breed.
05 Nov 12
Review: Tee Circus returns to Sounds Of Sumo with an even ruder pair of tracks than those on his previous EP on the label; "MBH" is a tough piece of with a steely bassline and clipped 808 drums, while "The Wanderer" ups the squelch factor on the bassline to deliver a demented piece of UK funky with tweaked out vocals and incessant snare rushes. The release is completed with a pair of tasty remixes; Kry Wolf offers a tough tech-bass roller with fat bass stabs, tumbling percussion and cosmic synths, while Piri Piri turns in a sparse juke-inspired refix of "The Wanderer", whose crazed 808 cowbell and abstract sounds sound like Addison Groove on acid - worth the price of admission alone.
23 Apr 12
Review: London producer and DJ Tee Circus has already been receiving heavy support from Redlight and Monki on Rinse FM for "Plus 8" - a sleek yet effective bass winner that mixes rude acid swing with straight-ahead snares and hats - and for the more robust garage shuffle of "Flying Gangsta". As well as excellent mixes from Hidden Cat and Viers, incredible funky mentalists Jook 10 give "Plus 8" a filled-out UKF groove that simply shines.
19 Oct 10
22 Apr 13
Review: Dubstep explorer Teefreqs kickstarts his a new label, Distant Colours, with a typically horizontal three-tracker. His explorations in bass are not only suitably spacious, but also effortlessly soulful. Opener "Reasons" is a case in point; while the bass is bold and the effects intergalactic, the bongo-laden rhythm, warm pads and hand picked samples ensure that the finished product is intoxicatingly fluid. The dub techno-influenced "Pyraminds" boasts a similar aesthetic, but comes on with a percussive intensity sometimes lacking in such deep and cosmic exercises. Closer "Dial", meanwhile, rolls along on a dubstep-jazz flex - all bouncy rhythms, distant horn samples and delicious bleep melodies.
18 Jun 12
Review: Teki Latex's Sound Pellegrino has been flirting with Bass music styles since they tapped up L-Vis 1990 for an EP a few years ago. On their newest release however, they've jumped into the murky bass pool with both feet, enlisting Finnish producer Teeth, responsible for last year's paranoia infused 140bpm terror "Shawty". "Percolator Meme" utilises his trademark sample chopping alongside wooden rhythms and intimidating bass, "Jusqu' tendresse" opts for an eski grime inspired riddim, while "Busy Crack" brings out the druggier side of the producer's oeuvre, with threadbare juke-inspired percussion and sampling barely holding it together. Inspired remixes come from Lazer Sword, who turn in a stop-start robomix of "Percolator Meme", and on-fire producer Kowton, whose raw, sparse interpretation of "Jusqu' tendresse" is our pick of an excellent EP.
20 Feb 12
Review: Having previously impressed with a single for Dublin's All City last year, Tessela's effort for Peverelist's Punch Drunk is simply one of the heaviest things you'll hear this year. The primary feeling given off by "Channel" as it whips into life is one of chunkiness. The synths slam like weighty percussion, while the box-jam beats snap and crack with an MPC kind of funk that it's hard to achieve through simple quantizing. The sound space that Tessela occupies is certainly a brave one, as it neglects to pander to notions of mixability and consistency, darting around in impulsive flurries of snare rushes, madcap sampling and slowly mutating melodic phrases. On "D Jane" the lead-in holds back on a relatively steady groove (albeit populated by a delirium of samples), only to jerk into the main section on a completely different swing so as to pull your ass in the opposite direction.
19 Mar 12
Review: With two immensely strong singles under his belt already, Tessela pops up on 2nd Drop to further establish his mongrel sound. While the edges are utterly jagged and ever-shifting, there's still something very playable about "Darlene, Please", not least due to the core synth at work in the middle of the melee. "Let Up" is full of slick junglist moves, especially in the crafty way Tessela drops half the track out of the end of each bar in a move that leaves you gasping for the next kick. Once again both tracks smack the competition sharp upside the head.
18 Mar 13
Review: Tessela has been one of the multi-headed UK bass scene's most interesting talents since he first appeared in 2011; following in the footsteps of many of his peers he's started a new label entitled as Poly Kicks, and this first release comes from the producer himself, featuring a track that shows a clear development of his signature sub-heavy sound that references classic breakbeat and jungle. "Hackney Parrot" has been much anticipated since it appeared via a Jackmaster and Loefah Boiler Room session last November, and is characterised by its stuttering vocal and tunnelling subs, guaranteed to cause dancefloor confusion and mayhem in equal measure.
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12 Sep 11
Played by: Odiggity
19 Nov 12
Review: Londoner Jack Robertson, aka Thefft, has been causing a stir of late with a string of filthy singles that cleverly straddle the (rather gaping) divide between garage music and vintage R&B. Tempo is his weapon, and the slower the deadlier. "Name Shame" is like an old Jam and Lewis er, jam, on Rohypnol: warped and skewed with a positively tormented vocal sample. As the track progresses, the phasered hi-hats clever weave in a more garagey groove, taking the EP up a gear. "No Want That" takes over at this point, with glitchey twitches and stop start rhythms propelling an up and down pitched vocal. Thrilling stuff!
11 Jun 12
Review: A brand new label, and one that clearly hints at some quirky things to come. Things With Wings and Skrufix? A larger picture will almost certainly be revealed in due course. In the mean time, let's tuck into this strange hybrid; 8-bit MIDI style composition, trippy breakbeats, steppy rhythms and bass-led melodies. It sounds familiar, yet completely fresh at the same time. Nodding a head at the Dirtybird style silliness in dance music, this has potential to really twist a few minds this summer. For even weirder, more splintered sounds head to the MightyHor remix. And for something a little beefier? Zoonka's remix has it nailed. An intriguing debut!
17 Aug 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Fledgling label Synchronicity Records present the debut release from promising young producer Thology, delivering his uniquely melodic take on dubstep. "Conquer" takes folky violins and applies them to a rolling half-step rhythm, while "Go There" flirts with contemporary bass styles. "Fire" is a dub influenced track filled with ragga vocals and a smoky atmosphere, while "Soothe Your Soul" utilises spectral Burial-style vocals amongst its light, hazy structure - something repeated in the sublime "Late Lurk", which has more than a hint of Jacques Greene in its warm, marshmallow cocoon.
14 Aug 12
Review: Heralding the start of his new Snowfall imprint, Ross Tones brings an atmospheric hush to the table with his new offerings. Already it's become impossible to predict what Throwing Snow will deliver each time around, but the Autumnal mist that shrouds around "Clamor" embellishes the booming live drums (and fiddle no less) with an enchanting quality that escapes so much electronic music. "Brook" switches things up entirely with a slow, jerky house cut that favours distorted snippets of melody over anything too obvious, sounding altogether fresh in the glut of 4/4 being made at present, while "Perca" brings a more loping beat to bear.
23 Jul 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Diplo, Ya Dun Know, Tom Central, Guerilla Speakerz, Chris Coco, Mooqee, Diplo, Chris Coco, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Mr. Mitch, Aquadrop, The Captain, The Golden Toyz, Cyantific, Gntlmn, La Royale, Sounds Of Sumo, Nsekt, J Courage, Avicii, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Filth Collins, The Mane Thing, Black Butter Records, Chocolate Puma, Major Lazer, J69
Review: Making their debut on Warp, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice proudly cross their beams to rain down a sick and slick kind of future-crunk, aptly demonstrated in in the introductory nature of bass-rich teaser "Top Floor" with its juke leanings and menacing posture. There's a detuned nature to the recognisable bleeps and wails on offer here while the beats remain crunchy and steadfast. "Higher Ground" is more overt in its use of juke to create a twisted kind of hype, while "Bugg'n" drips and drops in a loping vat of sub bass and slow-mo strangeness, leaving you with one of the oddest takes on the contemporary mess of electronic beats.
14 May 13
23 Jul 12
Played by: Odiggity, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike G, Lucent, Top Billin DJ Team
Review: Sheffield's Bad Taste present the debut release from Tony Quattro, showcasing his slick combination of sounds. The title track is a slick piece of dark, tribal UKF soaked house, with rapid drum fills and jets of percolating synth, while "Doubt" takes a killer vocal hook and just the right amount of melody to lift it out of the darkness. "Jack's Back" is like a Roska production by way of "Sicko Cell", with laser synths cutting through monstrously detuned vocals, while "Back Swipe" is like classic Baltimore club with a contemporary UK twist. Massive remix support is offered from the Bad Taste crew; Squarehead layers bright FM keys over "Out On The Floor" and adds some slick rhythmic prowess, while Doctor Jeep turns it into a slice of throwback bassline UKG. Lean Low beef up "Back Swipe" with their own club ready signature, but our pick is Walter Ego's stripped back take on "Jack's Back".
06 May 13
Played by: Mat Cant
Review: Tony Tokyo debuts on Roska's Kicks and Snares imprint with "More Than A Fantasy", and rather than the flexing UKF the label is usually known for, his style is more that of the bassy, swung house of the Hypercolour camp, combining swung rhythms, dubby stabs and a cascading vocal sample. RKS regular Tickles provides his own take on the track, delivering a streamlined, techy version of the track which adds screaming synths and bouncing percussive tics.
19 Sep 12
05 Nov 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Ya Dun Know, Dave Allison, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Fab Mayday, Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Leg Jazz, Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Top Billin DJ Team, Richmed, Felipe Le Conteè
Review: Sccucci Manucci once again proves its dancefloor chops with its fifth release, the Cinquemila Lire EP, which sees the London based imprint curl its moustache in the direction of deep house. Manchester based duo Toyboy & Robin open proceedings with "No More Sunshine", an insouciant mix of soulful vocals, shuffling garage percussion and burning deep house organ stabs. It's a heady, intoxicating mix, and it's one that's matched on the A-Side by Sahin Meyer's effort; the husband and wife duo turn in the gorgeous "Spread Love", a cut that wrings every last drop of emotion out of a classic, drummy arrangement. Flip over for "Saif" by Illyus, a twinkling late night excursion into melodic, star gazing house, and "Feel Love" by Firas, one half of the Waze & Odyssey, who rounds off another killer Sccucci 12-inch with raw-thentic smacky beats and an addictive loopy vocal and bassline.
09 Apr 12
Review: It's plain to hear that footwork has wormed its way into the wider electronic music fraternity, popping up in all manner of unusual places. The Chicago originators have a distinct slant to their sound that makes it awkward listening away from the dancefloor, but now Traxman's album shows just how far the oddball rhythmic blueprint can go. Sensitive and soulful at times, jagged and abrasive at others, there's very few limits to where this album will take you. Best of all the eighteen tracks all still sound resolutely footwork, like an assurance of all the faith that has been bestowed upon the genre since its emergence on distant shores.
17 Sep 12
Review: The artist otherwise known as Marcus Intalex has been making serious waves over the past year with his techno leaning Trevino alias, and following releases on Martyn's 3024, [Naked Lunch] and The Nothing Special, he steps up to Appleblim's Apple Pips for his biggest release to date, swapping linear 4/4 for something altogether more interesting. "Indulge" is a particularly Drexciyan number complete with breakbeat rhythm and dystopian pads, while "Under Surveillance" is a significantly moodier cut which combines the atmosphere of early dubstep with a jagged electro bassline.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Mark Archer, Shadow Dancer, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Boriqua Tribez, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Cosby (Car Crash Set), Larssen, Ambivalent, DJ Hell
Review: The adoption of a new name and a new sound by Marcus Intalex has been one of this year's success stories, with his rattling brand of warehouse appropriate techno under the Trevino moniker gracing labels as diverse as [Naked Lunch], Apple Pips and Craig Richards' The Nothing Special. With a forthcoming debut on Klockworks on the way, Trevino returns to Martyn's 3024, the label where this new name was first established. Then appearing on a split release with Instra:mental, Trevino comes through with a full release in Tactical Manoeuvre EP which brandishes three tracks that showcase the different styles and sounds of the producer. The murky warehouse vibes of the title track make it the Juno favourite here but all three productions here are clearly the work of a producer in a rich vein of form.