It's been a productive year for Alex Coulton with some sturdy appearances scored for the likes of 2nd Drop, Livity Sound and Hypercolour, and he's found time to slip one more into the mix for Black Acre. "Murda" rides on the kind of staggered grime stomp that has peppered the likes of Untold's output for some time, particularly calling to mind "Anaconda" with its catchy synth phrases and militant beat. "Break Pressure" takes on a more limber, breakbeat fuelled stance that moves through dubby chord reflections and a meditative headspace, all the while underpinned by that guttural UK rave heart that has always beaten at the core of his music.
Having made his intentions more than clear with his "Back To Basics" release earlier this year, Parisian beat craftsman Around7 goes deep with his debut LP. The result is a smoky fusion of deft sample mastery, jazz-flecked soul and nonchalant b-boy cheekiness. Ranging from the stuttering beats and sexy vocal samples of "Dirty" to the sleazy, slippery double bass and trembling strings of "Old Days", the instrumentality, unpredictability and strong sense of groove comes on strong like a fusion of Dilla and Kidkanevil. Jump on theses now as any day soon an MC is going to come along and buy the lot...