Mean Street bossman Trends lays down two contrasting examples of his abilities with precision: "Pump It Up" is a straight up nod to UKG's boldest era with vicious two-steps and a powerful funk sample that will unite everyone in a five mile radius. "Virus", meanwhile, is an all-out emotional affair with rich strings, touching chord changes and a smoky halftime beat all tied together with a waspy acid sine. Stunning.
Danish dub dons Surfase celebrate their 25th release with a walloping 24-track refresh session that brings everyone up to speed on two years of monthly dispatches. All their decorated contributors are present and correct: RDG, G Double, Gaze Ill, Subtle Mind and many more. Highlights include the swooning strings and rattling drums of Server's "Boxing", Subreacher's chest-crushing bass wobbler "The Machine" and RDG's insanity work out "It's All In Your Mind". It's not in your mind, though... This is as real as it gets. Here's to another 25 killer releases.
Destination Croatia for the next M.U.D adventure as label newcomers 207 and Kodin lay down three examples of industrial strength futuristic gritty grooves. "6 Block" is a physical roller, all elbow jabs and shoulder rolls by way of well-oiled drums. "Scelestic" takes us down a deeper, more reflective path but still rolls with precision tuned rhythm dynamics and ghostly bass tones hanging ominously like low hanging clouds. "Tanc" is the silkiest of the set thanks to well-spaced detuned synth stabs and another lesson in liquid-like kick/snare patterns. Looking for a bit of rough on the side? Look no further than label boss Demon's remix of "6 Block". Rocking.
Got a lighter? Then get ready to raise it. Haven't got a lighter? Start smoking... Koven most certainly are with this brand new EP. Stadium bass enriched in emotion, Max and Katie showcase their broadest abilities across four tracks here: the smouldering halfstep yearns of "From The Start", the bright, breezy Kove-like D&B tones of "One's Own", the Olympic-level lover's theme "Get This Right" and the slower, swinging ebbs and flows and orchestral dynamics of "Lasting"... Each cut comprising their widest screen portrait to date. Essential for those special tingly moments every good set necessitates.
Leaping down from the highest branch of his Family Tree without so much as a scratch, Lewisham MC Merky gets busy with this tight three tracker. "Cuss Match" lays down the gully gospel; all verified warnings and danger. "No Sky" gets darker again; calling shots over a trippy, almost Kraftwerkian synth rhythm. Finally "Late Night Vibes" takes us on a smoky session with TKO and Cadel. Bouncing off each other with humour and big vapours. Gonna haffi buss this.