You don't need to go to the big smoke to hear the latest cutting edge sounds. Don't believe us? Well look no further than the far-flung reaches of Devon for proof. Hailing from Totnes, Libra makes the kind of head-spinning, foot-stepping hybrid house that reconfigures garage into a whole new 21st century form of dance. "Need Your Love" recalls the trippier end of deep 90s vocal house, with cosmic digital sprays and loopy organ riffs. Remix-wise Archive UK takes us into boomy, doomy DnB-meets-dubstep territory, whilst Tickles gives us some moody 2-step with an extra helping of wobble for good measure.
Tequila-fuelled beats from Exeter. Is it a rave in a regional branch of Chilango? Nope, it's the latest EP from veteran nu-funk & breaks producer, El Bomba, on new label Breakerz Banquet. Boasting four musical burritos packed with Latin goodness, highlights include the percussive Mexican groover "El Baron", the organ-led big beat hip-houser "Buen Viaje" and the slow melancholic bounce of "Tristeza".
In case their original material isn't quite infectious enough, French electro swing troupe Lamuzgueule get the remix treatment from a whole cast of ChinChin superstars. From Martin Belle's precision placed wobbles amid the furious nylon string tugs of "Bada Boom Boom Swing" to the warm jazz-house chugs and slaps of Phil Mac's twist of "Bazar De Luxe", each reversion and re-rub takes the French band (who are best known for their crazed live performances) into brave new bass pastures. Those hungry for a more upbeat D&B shake-up should jump on the likes of Mista Trick's swing and bass fire-flayer twist of the title track. A fine lesson in remix science. Boom!
Heavyweight combo: between the three parties on this joint you've got almost 100 years of old school knowledge, passion and authority. Yoof's trademark chop-slapping breaks, Ragga Twins' instant hype vocals and Dugs' Ribena feel good vibes... Everything is in place for a royal tear-up that will sit across all bass DJs' playlists. Remix-wise Marcus Visionary (yet another legend) flips the tempo switch for a rifle jungle work out that leaves you under no illusions of its badness. Raving yet?
Texan tearaway Gaddy gets busy with his first ever EP. And what an EP... At eight tracks, this is almost album level. With a unique obese bass sound, clipped organ meanders and a clear knack at raw, creative sample craft, each cut works well as a testament to his abilities. Notable highlights, though, are the tripped out reverse bass weirdness of "She Had That Latin Sway", the 8-bit saloon bar wild west soundtrack "Get Paid", the jaunty skank of "Stay Paid" and the swooning strings and breezy synths of "Cruise Control". Jumbo gumbo.
House fans will recognise the vocal on this instantly... DJ Nasty (under his Detroit's Filthiest alias) released this rampant, booty blasting electro-tech banger in 2002. Now injected with a new lease of life with Disclosure's new track "Bang That", MCEC have reminded us of the roots with these untouched 13 year old originals. The original is a firing 144 chopper with switches so hard you'll be Googling the nearest fracture clinics while the slower, more stately 125BPM mix wallops with more four-to-the-floor punch thanks to its elephantine bass/kick combs. A cool alternative to what's set to be one of the bigger records of the summer... Don't pass on this.