When Johnny Pulse, bossman of Irish label Bulabeats, decided to step out from behind the desk and unveil his new live act, he meant business. Three-piece live band, The Storm Troopers, have quickly cut to the chase with a 'blast n bounce between hip-hop, funk and ska' over the course of just a few releases. Versions features the heavy party skank of the breaky "The Heatwave" accompanied by live versions of the atmospheric "Sunshine Skank" and the string laden DnB of "Redemption", as well as some pretty out there bonus efx and vocals to boot!
The ever-rising star of 2010/11 and master of experimental beats brings us the follow up EP to his superlative Noir EP which landed on Critical around this time last year. In the title track "Aria", Rockwell blends glitchy, cinematic rhythms with sonorous, blissed out vocals and cooling instrumentals. Next, "Live For The Moment" adds a dash of funk, whilst talented duo Ulterior Motive's remix of the aforementioned "Noir" is nothing short of superlative, as they toughen it up with a super dark b-line smashing breaks and that iconic Virus-meets-Subtitles tenacity. A collab with Hemlock owner Untold backs this up in "Rehekou Sunrise", adding a shimmy of samples and soulful bliss as we reach the end of the EP.