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06 May 13
Review: Ahead of a multitude of new ventures and projects, Hyetal makes a welcome return to hint at where his sound might be heading with this new track. It's a bold move that fuses rasping electro drum patterns with reverbed vocal and trademark plush, detuning melodies that comes on like a dramatic, windswept version of synth-pop built for craggy coastlines. Vessel steps up for the first remix, shearing away the niceties to create some industrial flavoured dread complete with yowling, nebulous wraiths of the original vocal and insistent bass. Factory Floor meanwhile bring their own brand of looping sample revisions that work up to a peppy, disco-fuelled burner with a catchy bassline to anchor the more wayward samples in the background.
07 May 13
Review: Utilising drum & bass siren Riya's silken vocals on a bass release might be this year's best idea yet. Weaving in and out of that house and dubstep and garage and footwork sound we're all so keen on right now, technical beats and lush atmospherics keep harsh synth stabs in check in the title track, while "Absense" and "Ruff" shake off their Mr Whippy soft sweetness and launch into an icy world of techy house and cool sampling perfect for late night dancefloors filled with long-haired girls and pastel strobes. For extra pop-quiz cool points, Kiri's remix of "Mindgames" was recently played in a Disclosure mix for Rinse FM. You're in with the Eton Messy crowd now, guys.
15 May 13
Review: Russian producer Ishome has been bubbling away for years, checking in on myriad genres from dub to prog to techno. Here we find her in full dub mode, serving up some of her most sensual sonics to date. Flicking with finesse from cut n' paste starlight delight ("Adam") to swampier, more pensive pieces ("Sad Family") via ambient space baroque ("It Exists"), she shows maturity and rich depths throughout the full album. This should appeal to everyone from Trentemoller fans to Kokeshi lovers.
06 May 13
Played by: Paradisiaca Recordings
13 May 13
22 Apr 13
Played by: Amirali
22 Apr 13
Review: Paradise Club regulars Juno Sutton, MTD and Dutty Dan are back with a new split EP. Firstly all three join forces for the driving UKF anthem "Block 123", which features a rolling bassline that destroys everything in its path. Sutton goes solo for the melodic and dreamy electro-house of "Get You" and the other two opt for the slammin' diva house-meets post dubstep of "Seeing Thoughts".
23 Apr 13
Review: The long-awaited solo LP from US-based soulful bass music producer Kastle has been the talk of music blogs around the world for months. Now its finally made it to a full release , there's something of a feeling of satisfaction that can be heard in each track. Whether that's projected by the listener or not might be hard to prove, but there's a definite positive energy that flows through everything Kastle produces. From the garage beats of "Been A While" and "Red Light" to the irresistibly hip house groove of "Insatiable" and trap-hop crush of "Death From Above", it's clear that versatility is what this album is all about. Clean, crisp production matched to soulful, blissed-out dance music that's unashamedly fashionable yet different enough to be taken seriously. An album of 2013 no doubt.
09 Apr 13
Review: The Symbol Recordings head honcho, Kastle, continues his string of one-off treats with this newie featuring JMSN (aka Christian Berishaj). It's a catchy, low-slung leftfield RnB track boasting smooth Timberlake-esque vocals from the rising singer/producer/fashion designer that's almost guaranteed to increase your chances in getting jiggy with da ladieez (almost).
29 Apr 13
Review: After time well spent roaming across labels such as WNCL, Idle Hands and Brainmath, Kevin McPhee returns to his starting point of [NakedLunch] with a new grip of tracks that display an artist still exploring new avenues for his sound to maraud down. "Version One" kicks off on two minutes of bizarre melody that profoundly hides its tempo until everything pauses for a solid house beat to take hold, making for an eye-opening vision of singular groove. "It's What She Wants" is uncompromising in a wholly different way, pumping and clunking on a productive factory of percussion before the less-than-obvious appropriation of R&B vocal comes loping into the mix. "P1:P2" is positively conventional by comparison, but it's no straight up house cut by any regular stretch with its own unique metallic clang and a decisive switch up into more melodic territory for the later part of the EP.
05 May 13
Review: Ramp's Brain Math sublabel has been responsible for some of the more experimental takes on bass music over the past few years, and Canadian producer Kevin McPhee is a logical addition to the canon. Although only one track, "Who Loves You" more than makes its impression, with some dusty, subdued piano led beats and deep bass that recall James Blake and Airhead's contribution to the label.
21 May 13
15 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
15 Apr 13
Review: A cursory listen to this EP would easily lead the listener to believe it was made by some underground British bass guy who wears his baseball caps sideways. But they'd be wrong; Klaves is actually 21 year old producer Mikolaj Gramowski from Poland who has pretty much beaten the British producers at their own game: "You" is an awesome blend of late 90s garage and house. "Hope It Gets To Love" is sassy future garage, and our fave is the Fault Lines remix - a slamming house scorcher featuring the kind of thumping kick not head since "Da Funk"!
29 Apr 13
Review: Inspired by some time spent in Shanghai, the Hyperdub main man makes a long-awaited return with this no-messing two tracker that sees him venturing into ever more curious realms of rhythmic abstraction. "Xingfu Lu" shudders on a trap-like framework, sparse but heavy hitting all in the same breath. The melodies sport that oddly comforting sense of otherworldliness that has always characterised Steve Goodman's musicality even as the groove playfully fits and starts. "Kan" is a more feisty proposition, moving erratically between different motifs and getting even twitchier in the drums department while found sounds slip in between the miniscule cracks between the hats and snares. It's a bewildering effect that suggests interesting pastures new are in sight for Kode 9.
22 Apr 13
Review: Deftly exploring the creative possibilities in the endless badlands of a post-dubstep landscape, Krueger references everything from juke to techno across his two originals. "Giggles" is a paranoid, minimal masterpiece that refuses to be pigeonholed, while "Can You" is basically acid house if it arrived twenty-five years later. Complex yet stark and simplistic both are the epitome of electronic music's earliest, most essential ingredients. And the remixes are all pretty special, too...
13 May 13
Review: Sounds Of Sumo label bosses Kry Wolf return to their home imprint with a bold new sound in the form of Concrete; eschewing their usually lighter take on bass music, the title track is a dark combination of wobble bass and dub atmospherics, held together with some steely techno rhythms which comes across like Objekt's "Cactus", while "Bluffin" combines more abstract beats with ghetto house-inspired vocal samples and dubby stabs. Woz is tapped up to remix the title track, being considerably more sparing with the savage bass and rearranging its rhythms into something altogether more angular; Benton's remix of "Bluffin" is classic SOS, providing a bouncy piece of bass-heavy garage house.
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!
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.
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.
06 May 13
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.
02 Apr 13
Review: Always a tricky customer to get a handle on, just when you think you know where James Connolly is headed with his release arc he swerves back the other way, from chart-testing pop-inflected jams to raw club destroyers. On this latest march on his Night Slugs stomping ground, Connolly is definitely looking to rock the dance but he's not holding back on the musical elements either. On "Not Mad" there's plenty of boogie flavoured synth flares to inject some colour into proceedings, while the title track gets into an almost Autechre-styled disposition with it's mechanical warmth conundrum. "Signal" manages to conjure a powerful blend of electro funk dynamics and sci-fi moods that it's very hard to argue with.