For most producers, one compendium of original material in a year would be enough. Not for Newham General Footsie, though. Oh no. Just three months after Volume 1 blew us away, here comes an equally massive follow up. Entrenched in gritty, uncompromising highlights, this grime instrumental package is scorched with quality; from Dizzee's tripped out rub of "Sci-Fi" to the long awaited Newham Generals instrumental version of "Violence" via the soundsystem-primed trad dub vibes of "No Matter" and the dreamy hypnosis of "Congo", this does more business than Lord Sugar himself. Essential.
Once the torchbearer for minimal house, it seems like Mathias Kaden has since softened his sound - something that's audible on Tentakle. "Pitched" is a dense, rolling groove populated by insistent vocal loops, while "Troija" is more nuanced. Over hyperactive drums, Kaden weaves a web of jazzy textures and melodic flourishes, as complex as a maze. "Demence" meanwhile sees him return to more grounded territory, with a niggling acid line and a vocal sample intoning 'the music' set to a rolling groove. Finally, Kaden completes his reinvention with "Propeller"; centred on a relentless filter, its high-paced, slamming groove is more effective than a warehouse full of hiccupping grooves.