Scottish D&B rogue Aesthetics continues his good work on Jaydan's Smokin Riddims imprint with his most extensive release to date. Flexing from the madcap strings and triplet funk of "Villains" (think a modern day "Disco Dodo") to the darker, eerie vibes and hypnotic clicks and claps of "Old World" via the stark stabs and insanity-coded riff and pneumatic beats of "Kush", it showcases Aesthetics as a serious producer who understands the need for funk and character in productions. Complete with a running film noir theme, there's a great sense of fun and a consistency that's seldom found on D&B EPs. Essential.
Alix Perez, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn - "Make It Worth" - (5:34) 165 BPM
Gully Halves - (4:08) 170 BPM
Alix Perez on Exit? That's enough to make most D&B aficionados froth at the mouth. Throw in collabs with the equally hot Stray and two of footwork's most demonstrative players and you've got a release so cool it comes with its own beard. "U" is a rifle-like jitter-jam of cuts and chops, all massages together to juke glue. "Sludge", meanwhile, lives up to its name in every way. A funky post-dubstep downbeat strutter, it wonks as hard as it works. The truly unique "Make It Worth", meanwhile, is an eerie stepper that morphs from subtle to stately drama with a Detroit style heaviness and a grime vocal loop. Finally we hit "Gully Halves" which, as the title suggests, is a waspy paranoid bassline on a dark stroppy halfstep. Four incredible future jams from the Shogun superstar... This is next level business.