British Columbia's deepest export Abstrakt Sonance has enjoyed spins and support from the likes of Mala and Cotti, Seven and J:Kenzo over the years. And it's really not hard to hear why with stark designs like these. "Open Heart" plays with space as AS throws down an array of unique designs and laces them together with off-beat funk, "Soldier" lives up to its name as its percussion militantly charges a rhythm with no relent, "Sometimes" is a warped skanker with a woozy bass purring beneath scant bouncy elements while "Harder Than AMF" hurls us into the fires of bass Hades with its uncompromised saw tooth savagery. No dubstep stone left unturned, there's something for everyone right here.
Tribe 12 continue to dig deep and deliver. Their fourth release of 2016 is one of their boldest manoeuvres to date: Prism shakes up the template with an unrelenting Afro funk roller, all keys and percussion and pure hypnosis, it's not dissimilar to the output Mo Kolours and his cronies are conjuring right now. Marcus meanwhile lays down the deep dub Tribe 12 have always been known for as "Adoni" takes us down a very twisted slo-mo path. All alien subs and plate-shifting snares, it's the perfect counter to Prism's frenzied funk. Spotless.
Longstanding UK rhythm weaver Taiko writes the next chapter for exciting Venice/Leicester-based bass community Albion Collective. "Splinted" fires with a great Indian jig, all sprightly and carnivalian. "Fractal" is more of a trippy, cosmic beat piece with eerie arpeggios and haunted pitched vocal textures while lets rip with percussion so pummelling it's taken up 40 ciggies a day. Just so it can't possibly quit. Dedication.
Two stone cold Coki/DMZ classics from the golden 2007s. The rapid flow of Vybz Kartel's "Emergency" is given full focus as Coki lays down subtle rolling snares and an icy leads with enough space for the Kartel's strong characters. Coki's famous shake-up of Mavado, meanwhile, is known to all; far-away bass groans, ricochet snares and elements so cosmic they still sound futuristic almost 10 years later. Never officially released digitally before now, grab a two walloping slices of history today.
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