After last year's On My Mind release with Flava D, Royal T is back on Butterz with another sure shot of grimey pressure. As well as the instrumental beats, "Shotta" comes in two versions voiced by P Money and Footsie respectively with very different results. P Money brings a fierce and fiery delivery that pushes the already-hype track into dangerous levels of liveliness, while Footsie takes a more restrained approach with no less presence in his flow. Aside from those show-stealers, Royal T gets to stretch his legs on playful garage house interlude "Limbo" and the adventurous climes of "Glacier" with its melting pot of influences feeding into a truly diverse jam.
As the heat still bubbles from "Kami" earlier this year, Vax returns to PHR with a feisty five tracker. It's business from get-go as "Lobetrotter" adds time signature gravitas to the EP title... All tribal triplet rhythms, it's an instant slinker. Dig deeper for lolloping bad dream drones ("Once"), sludgy, slug-like percussion creativity ("Nuclear Family"), paranoid angular acid ("Babble On") and reflective, immersive chill material ("Ashes"). All styles covered, all corners explored, Vax is much more than triple threat.
The fuming Smokin Sessions make a comeback with their man of the moment Occult, who comes through with a split EP in the company of newcomer Audialist. Deep and dubbed-out dubstep is the name of the game and Occult's "Computer Love" manages to blend everything from ambient and electronica together with dubstep's twisted half-stance. Audialist's "Sleep It, Eat It, Drink It" is also a sign of this rising producer's diversity in terms of tastes and versatility on the old mixing board - stuttering beats, immaculately placed vocal samples and gentle swarms of digital goodness are swallowed up whole into tight grooves. Wonderful stuff, don't miss it.
The shadowy Ganz makes his return to the maleficent Terrorrhythm with another wonderfully abstract bundle of broken bass gems and hard ambient delights. "The New Era" is a sublime collection of electro-acoustic instruments loosely held together by subtle flurries of percussion. "Dino War" is all beatless synths and starry chords, while "Trophies" hints at the dancefloor thanks through broken beats and warm swings of bass that travel across the desolate soundscapes built by Ganz. Seductive.