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Zha's White Peach Records now present the Ice Chirps EP by Shudan, following up his Arctic Games EP. He turns the heat up a notch with four wonderful grime tunes here. First up "Neko Riddim" incorporates some lush Oriental music influences before he unleashes the rip-snorting bassline fury at street level. "Amaterasu" is more wonky, straight ahead grime business with rapid fire, trap hi-hats and bouncy horn leads comin' right at ya! Finally, the title track goes for some kind of hyperaware and contorted take on pop music (much the PC Music crew are known to do) with an interesting take on lo-end dynamics, merging with yet more Oriental aesthetics and lush ambience. Wicked sound design happening here!
Cardiff-based producer Stagga is a man who likes to experiment with extremely low levels of hertz, and his material for the Fat Fridge label is becoming synonymous with quality and style. He's back with an extended EP, seven cuts of delightfully pungent dance mutations that have difficulty in being labelled and/or categorised under one banner. Take "Jenny", for instance, a tune that could appeal to the grime headz, dubstep fanboys, and even those branching out into tribal-led African dance infusions; "New Gun" is a mother stunner, an eerie bass riddim with a noticeable leftfield swagger to its groove, while "Trip Switch" shakes up the EP by launching a heavy, unforgiving wobble attack in the most stupendous of bro-step fashions. If you're into the enlarged bass game, then this is your drug.
Longstanding New World Audio merker Shandy cracks open three tins of fizzy fire on us with the fittingly titled "Vintage Grime" collection. "Horizon" sets the scene with string-sprung drama. Unashamedly steppy, it's an instant flashback to 2001. "Coincide" joins the dots with dubstep with its hazy tones and low-slow groove. Finally "Projection" is an all-out space hopper with a broadsword bassline, neck-snapping beats and delicate pianos. True to the craft.
Multi-personality man of the moment: Swedger (AKA Ardeer AKA Skagden) steps over to Project Allout for a deliciously wavey slice of instrumental grime. Flexing melodic muscles, none of his rich low-end is lost as we fly through his dreamy almost Oil Gang or Terrorhythm style narrative. As always with Project Allout, remixes hit every spot from every corner: Dubzta gets his tropical pipes out, Cleaverhype plays ping-pong with trippy ricochets and gully switches, Dutty Tingz inject worlds of roominess into the groove while Hexy busses up more of a growl in the bass and strings in the feels. Supersized.
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