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Riddim Commission's Dem Ting Dere shook things up last month, and now it's back again courtesy of a whole new string of mixes. This time round we get three whole new ways to hear it. First up, Petey Clicks goes straight for the heady floor filler award and succeeds with a thumping nasty bassline, skippy garage beats and uniquely London-style MCing. Next Nightwave steps up with some pretty grimey 8-bit trap chaos and finally the mighty Spooky appears to deliver some brain-melting, party-driven dancehall vibes.
Unpronounceable, uncompromised, unstoppable... JLSXND7RS steps up to Spooky's Ghost House imprint with a classically informed grime rhythm that tips a wry nod to 'Pulse X' with its harsh snares and depth plunge bass. Kwam MC flips the same beats into "Run" with his unique barbed flow while ghoulish remixes come from Spooky (paranoid bass, twisted time perception) and Jook (gnarly early 2000s grime) Savage.
Come backs don't come any better than Caspa & Rusko's reunion. Since re-colliding last Autumn the pair have done nothing but drip feed us vibes. Not formulas, no expectations, just ace tracks that are made with such a buzz it's tangible the moment you press play. Having slapped us with authentic dub, grime and badboy 808 business the two titans lick up a breakbeat and massage us with tapepack vibes. If you haven't invested in white glove, whistle or horn shares by the end of the track you should probably seek help. Massive.
Mr Dubz is back y'all, coming right at you with some sleazy strip club booty shakin' bass for urban freaks, as clearly demonstrated on the bombastic "The Dragon". Next up "Shadow" is a far more serious affair; this kind of dubstep rolls not just deep but pretty dark as well. There's no more kush inspired nightmares again, rest assured; "Twister" crosses over from bass music into trance with its rapid arpeggios and uplifting brass section with an undeniable gangsta feel about it which we thought was tight!
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