Almost 10 years have passed since Aussie breaker Smithmonger last galvanised our dancefloors with tech-funk grit. Mercifully Jay Cunning's Menu Music imprint has coerced him out of retirement with these two cuts. Ostensibly one track and a remix, both versions are so different, they're effectively two totally different cuts dynamically built for two totally different times of night. The 2 Step remix comes complete with an icy, sharp-edged hook and equally razor-tuned beats. The Breaks remix, meanwhile, is a rolling, bubbly bass journey that nods at influential imprints such as TCR and Lot 49 while remaining wholly focused on tomorrow's floors. Welcome back Smithmonger!
Flexing from his more familiar 170 neighbourhood to a very comfortable 135 breakbeat dynamic, Pixel makes his Sub Element debut with "Own God". Rolling with buckets of bass and nuances of heady psy elements, it's a refreshing take on breaks that will find favour across all corners of the scene. Remix-wise Isolate slaps down a heavyweight 4/4 tech twist while Alt A injects some classic wholesome funk, acid and a heavenly synth breakdown into the mix. All bass bases covered.