Chasing The Dream (feat Fused Forces) - (4:48) 140 BPM
Having appeared on Tsunami, Mindstep, Subway, Bassclash, Rottun and a whole more labels, German dankmeister Herr Boogie now gets ugly on Lutetia Dubz... "Invasion" is all about the subs that hum a heavy melody beneath stately gurgles and swaggering halfsteps. "Seen" switches the vibe for something altogether more punishing and rhythmic as kicks hammer the main message home in the steppiest way possible. "Chasing The Dream" ends on a trippy note as Boogie and Fused Forces deftly tinker with a tripletty swing, gradually delivering an array of far-away, star-gazing elements. Cold but not icy, deep but directed. This is one of Mr Boogie's finest releases to date.
For some upbeat, vocal driven dub for the club OBF delivers the riddims to fill a dancefloor. Highlights include the smooth Beyonce-like flow of "Ladies Anthem", while for the men there's the ragga of "Style & Fashion". Taking a break from vocals there's "Who's Bad", a track which would fit neatly into a Crookers DJ set, while the title-track, "Wild", is whimsical stroll through futuristic dub rooted in old school values.
Noir by name, noir by nature, Montana-based Piecemeal has created a crystalline body of bass music work. "The Price Of Victory" is a barbed beatless piece of ominous ambience that will work perfectly as an agenda-setting intro for any mix. The title track itself takes us into 130 territories on a cleverly incomplete two-step riddim. "To Be Honest" delves deeper into cross-pollination as Piecemeal helps us imagine what Leftfield would sound like if they started now thanks to a sinewy dynamic and some majestic vocal sample manipulation. "Dead Eyes" finishes this set with darkest message yet as Jordan Perkic tips his hat to the likes of Cobain and Gahan with immersive and meditative results.
Things sound positively regal over at Local Action this week with the orchestral pomp and ceremony of emergent Irish producer Shriekin. Taking the rhythmic backdrop and plastic strings of grime, Jack Sheehan has whipped up some remarkably advanced tracks that positively overflow with imaginative ideas. "Cat's Eyes" in particular is a rich and slightly mad elegy of parping string hits and cheeky bass, while "Snowy Island Breaks" makes things ruffer without dimming the plush melodic touches and high definition sound. "Temple 2" shimmers and shines with twinkling arpeggios and crushing half step beats, and "Steel Ships" nudges off into more thoughtful territory without losing that starry-eyed energy.