Drum and bass legends A Sides team up with fellow wizard Makoto, who is Japan's number one producer when it comes to glitchy breaks and furious low-ends. Their collaboration comes through courtesy of the newly found Eastern Elements label, and features fifteen cuts; there's pure deepness, such as on "Uplifter", more head-nodding bassline business on "Articulate", nasty neurofunk antics via "Breathe", and even a tropical DJ Marky remix, to boot. Large.
AKA/Ahzmahtix/Thiago Pery - "Soul Brothas" (Pery Hip Hop version) - (4:24) 174 BPM
Ahzmatix & Thiago Pery - "The Chemistry Of Love" (original mix) - (5:55) 172 BPM
Kooked-out jazz and woozy, dreamlike effects make Pery's hip hop version of "Soul Brothas" a strangely eye-opening experience. Likewise, Ahzmatix and Tiago Pery's "The Chemistry Of Love" is a big rollin' journey through old school vibes and downtown hip hop flavours. Picking up on the liquid drum and bass community's voracious appetite for the unique, Soul Deep have hit another high with this little number. Weird, but in a good way.
Anile's exclusive signing to Med School remains a very big deal. Allowing his sound to continue growing under the nurturing alt-drum and bass wings of Hospital Records' nerdy, slightly emotional sister label, you could argue there's never been a better place for him. With his intellectual beats come deep rhythms and thundering bass, taking inspiration not just from his ambient-influenced peers but from the heavier, dubbier junglists of the past. A momentous release from an artist who's only just stepping into his prime.
A ridiculous pair of inky black remixes meets Annix's huge crowdpleaser "Sword". First up is a mindblowingly brutal Hedex reworking, offering up dark, distorted bass and minimal input from the melodic side of the scale. Skore takes things even futher, offering machine gun percussion and nowhere to hide from the onslaught. If you thought "Sword" was the heavy highlight of your night, you ain't seen nothing yet. Necksnapping, jaw dropping, whole-body skanking badness. Get yourself involved.