What Who What The Bazooka Was Who - (5:26) 134 BPM
Theta Wave Brain Sync - (4:54) 111 BPM
New Morning - (4:32) 95 BPM
O4U - (3:48) 79 BPM
A Healthy Turnaround - (6:49) 60 BPM
Monseq - (8:21) 115 BPM
Magnetism Is More Intelligent Than Force - (7:11) 120 BPM
As Afrikan Sciences, Eric Porter has been pushing his own brand of freeform sonic experimentation incorporating elements and ideas from soul, jazz, broken beat and house in an abstracted manner that veers far off-grid. Far from prolific, Porter's project does share a close bond with the Deepblak label run by Aybee, who have issued all Afrikan Sciences material to date. With whispers of Afrikan Sciences material surfacing on PAN, Porter graces Deep Blak with a wonderfully unique second album entitled Theta Wave Brain Sync. Manipulating rhythm in a manner that's already quite hypnotic and meditative, the 11 tracks live up to Deepblak's billing that it will "let you go as deep, and far as you desire" and then some!
On The Edge, Surrounded With The Shores Of Assudrey - (5:06) 97 BPM
Deer Drink From The River - (4:05) 91 BPM
Imagine Them - (5:25) 104 BPM
Dialectic A - (2:04) 162 BPM
Dialectic B - (2:37) 140 BPM
There has been a great run of new talent popping up on R&S lately, with Shanghai Den being a notable example, and now Alma Construct debuts here to drop a selection of lo-fi studies peppered with influences from techno to hip hop. There are some distinctive forces at work behind these tunes, not least on the decidedly unhinged and magnificently realised "Deer Drink From The River", while "Imagine Them" comes on strong with a snappy bounce that wouldn't sound out of place on Music Has The Right To Children, albeit expressed with less sleepy synth tones. It's a sterling effort that leaves one wondering what's around the corner for this hitherto unknown beatsmith.
With previous damage caused on Imperial Audio, UK bass conjurer Arkwright steps over to Gaze Ill and Don D's ever-impressive Cue Line. And he does so with no less than five tracks. There's a distinctly tribal twang to each of the cuts: "Kwata"'s linear percussive assault sets the tone perfectly well as we're thrusted into the sludgy sub grumbles of "Settle", the widescreen pads and densely layered drum sounds of "Living" and the off-kilter lollops and flickers of "Level Head". Looking for more funk and less tribal? Head for the switch-flipping techy 4/4 and b-boy scratch madness of "Nosalis".
Once again staying loyal to Uprise Audio, London/LA producer Asylum is back in town with a new four-tracker. Perhaps he's been heading out to the Californian desert on peyote adventures a la Jim Morrison, who knows, but Native American references pervade throughout this new Native EP. It's certainly one of his more meditative offerings, but we need music for our heads as much as for our feet. Highlights include the sinister midnight hum of "Things You Don't Know", the tomahawk scalper "Chino" and the synthy smoke signals of "Kill Room".
Foundation Audio founder Chad Dubz steps up with his debut album. And, as you'd expect, it's a document of daring dark design. From the moment the anvil-like kicks of opener "Transcending" punctuate with precision, you know you're in for a treat. Deeper into the narrative, cuts such as a "Shaka" and "Dark Ones" tell ominous stories of minor key jungle-minded mischief while cuts such as "Stay" bellow with such a moodiness and such bulbous bass detail that you have to stop and catch your breathe. Further into the blend again we hit cuts like "Witnessed" where dungeon-destined spaciousness plays the lead role, showing the Chad knows the genre and his craft with an intimacy most artists dream of. Debut albums don't come any clearer. Any further questions should be directed to Chad directly...
Nottingham's Congi are duo Chord Marauders and Mimm Collective, who have got many heads nodding (out) to their killer releases on Deep Heads. Here though, they've aligned with Pressed for two slo-mo plunges into the deep end: "Paragon" is all echoes of urban ghosts and undulating bass, whilst "Disorder" features scattered stop/start beats and suspended synth suspense.