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31 Jan 12
01 Oct 12
Review: Morgan Zarate has been causing a stir online with his inventive and melodic take on dubstep. "Broken Heart Collector" is a luxuriantly produced example of electronic pop with heavily compressed layers of emo-synths, urban beats and an infectious melody sung with aplomb by Stevie Neal. "BHC" is a craftily titled instrumental version; although minus the vocals, the tune takes on a more widescreen feel. "Crey Bey" is a digital feast of video game sounds, lasers, hip-hop keyboard riffs and machine gun snares. Recommended.
02 Jul 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Leftfield
Review: After seeming to slip by most with his debut LP two years ago, Rudi Zygadlo is back with a new single befitting his otherworldly name. In the opening strains of heavily processed piano that flits forwards and backwards at once, you already feel the exciting chill of uncertainty that only grows stronger listening to "Melpomene." It's provocative music that proudly displays Zygadlo's compositional prowess as accomplished melodies and chord progressions dance around his stark vocal delivery, while the production itself swerves and drops with glorious unpredictability. It's a captivating blend that doesn't let up even as the strangely Queen-esque take on bass music of "Arrows" wobbles around in an arch modern pop shakedown.
23 Sep 12
Review: With his Maddslinky guise delving into housier realms this week, it's up to Zed Bias proper to keep things a touch rougher, and he does a remarkable job of it on "Heavy Water Riddim". Propelled by a snapping tapestry of found sounds (from the titular water to wooden thuds and metal clangs), a slow stalking breakbeat emerges and an earthy banger is born. "Hurting Me" is a complete departure on the flip, with the gentle 2-step lilt rounded out with rich synths and warming bass, while choice deployment of vocal hooks keeps things catchy and in keeping with Bias' garage roots.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
Review: Originally released last December, Zinc's Sasha Keable-fronted electro wriggler "Only For Tonight" gets the remix treatment from TEED (low-swung, sludgy bass jack session) and the up-and-coming Maison Sky (warped garage with trippy pitched down vocals, oddball percussion and waspish bass). In case you and the original aren't familiar yet, it's here in both its soul-coated vocal glory and naked bouncy instrumental state.
23 Jul 12
Review: Bristol's Crazylegs night inaugurate their freshly minted label with the debut release from the hotly tipped Ziro, who delivers two tracks of hard-hitting swung techno with a pinch of UK bass style. "Coded" and "Oni" deliver the same kind of stripped back, darkly functional rhythms as fellow Brisolian Artifact, full of swagger and impeccably off the grid beats. Remixes come from Om Unit, whose incredible "Wrongspeed" remix of "Oni" sounds like breakbeat footwork with pieces missing, and Thefft, whose remix of "Coded" adds all sorts of rattling fills into Ziro's spacious original.
11 Jul 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Gee, Gigi D'amico, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Leftfield, Boska, Guy Gerber
Review: If the first single from this album, "Natalia's Song", left you worried that Zomby may have toned down his sound to fit the current zeitgeist in bass music, then don't. Dedication is a long way removed from Where Were U In '92?, but the influence of jungle and hardcore remains, albeit in a more spectral form, where skeletal beats play off against organic tones, his characteristic purple arpeggios drenched in reverb. The progression in his sound is just enough to add an element of introspection to his productions, while retaining the essence of what made his earlier material so irresistible; it's an album where air horns can co-exist happily with string sections and it doesn't seem jarring .With several tracks that are at times almost baroque in their execution, Dedication is an album that, whatever your preconceived notions of Zomby's sound, or bass music as a whole, must be heard.
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11 Jul 11
30 Apr 12
Played by: Mydas
Review: Previously released on Actress' Werk Discs in 2008 as a CD and digital release, this now seminal debut from Zomby finds itself getting a reissue courtesy of the producer's freshly minted Cult Music imprint. Taking jungle, hardcore and 90s rave, Zomby fuses them into a hyperreal energy rush, filled with laser guided salvos of piano stabs and airhorns. Four years since its release it's still a peerless album - if you've yet to familiarise yourself with the world of Zomby, this album is no less than essential.
29 Jan 13
06 Aug 12
Review: Collecting together some of the enormous remixes to have sprung from Tiga and Zombie Nations' ZZT project over the years, this new Turbo collection is simply faultless and a must-have for fans of the most fearless electro-tech of the last five years. From Julio Bashmore's tranquil take on "ZZafrika" to Justice's disco-destroying remake of "Lower State of Consciousness", via contributions from Proxy, Erol Alkan, Gesaffelstein, Duke Dumont and Clouds, this is a simply indispensable revisit through some hands-down classics.