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25 Mar 13
Review: Could "Asteroids" be the most perfect name for a tune that sounds like it was made in out of space? Blast off with that first sonar blip and gracefully float away, dodging the soft rhythmic asteroids as you bob freely. Interestingly "Over My Head" is the same beat but with the cosmic yearning of Mel Dymond. With a far-away, distracted delivery she's not far off "Protection" era Massive Attack. For added trippiness and a gorgeous building slo-mo stomp flip for Om Unit's remix. Wow.
06 May 13
Review: Space soul superstar Deft defies the assumption that all Croydon boys are gnarly dubstep champions with this startling exercise in genre defying. "Let's Hook Up" is a warped and weirded out love song with spooky processed vocals and a well textured, off-beat groove. "Lucid/Overline" is a dreamy, sludgy 4/4 slug-out while "Loqux & Past" rides roughshod on some very trippy drum works. Going through the motions? Then cheer yourself up and go through "The Motions".
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Played by: Sharps
14 Jun 13
Tommie Sunshine & Disco Fries - "Cool Without You" (feat Kid Sister - Illuminati AMS remix) - (2:48) 140 BPM
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Review: "She Sleeps" made for a welcome surprise on Hardcourage, Falty DL's recent Ninja Tune released album, calling on Friendly Fires vocalist Ed McFarlane to add his immediately recognisable warbles to a glistening production. It's obvious single material - with the radio edit here adding further credence - and the wonderful original is further complemented by several big name remixes. Two of Lustman's fellow New York dwellers in the form of Gang Gang Dance and Ital contribute, the former adding unforeseen layers of ecstasy to McFarlane's vocals amidst a clopping beat and tropically infused melodic lead, whilst Ital goes in entirely the opposite direction, turning in a sludgy, strung out malfunctioning slab of techno. Meanwhile, 4Hero's Dego goes deep under his 2000Black alias; in his hands "She Sleeps" gets transformed into a wondrously bubbling analogue funker, not sounding dissimilar to the kind of soulful futurism Gifted & Blessed is noted for. Check the Martyn remix too, which retains only the line "I know that it's evil" from McFarlane's vocals; a neat trick that infers the sonic intent that the Dutchman crafts around it.
26 Nov 07
Played by: Dub
21 Nov 11
Review: Following last year's acclaimed EPs on Hotflush, Sepalcure, aka Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma had some time off from the project and achieved huge things separately - Stewart as Machinedrum has released one of this year's best albums on Planet Mu, and Sharma as Braille two of this year's best EPs on Hotflush and Rush Hour. Incredibly, this album manages to exceed their individual achievements; skilfully combining broken beat, dubstep, and the more classic tones of house, this album is only matched by Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers in terms of textural richness and fluid rhythms. Whether it's the echoes of Detroit techno in "The One", the soul inspired melodies of "See Me Feel Me", the footwork rhythms of "Eternally Yrs" or the dubstep-evoking bass oscillations and rhythmic stutter of "Yuh Nuh See" and "Breezin", each genre boundary they cross is done with the kind of skill that few of their peers operating under the sometimes shady term "post-dubstep" could ever hope to emulate.
25 Apr 11
Played by: Gus Brown, Chris Coco, Shadow Dancer, Deepchild, Alkalino, Space Djz, Florian Meindl, Thomas Schumacher, Enzo Canale, Bunny On Acid, Mondkopf, Dustyfruit, Submerse, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: Burial is back. Yes, after four years away, he's not only ambushed us with THAT collab with Four Tet and Thom Yorke, but now he springs a three track EP on Kode9's Hyperdub imprint upon us too! The eponymous "Street Halo" is a delectable, crackling 4/4 roller with buckets of emotion and texture. In other words, it's the Burial of "Archangel" fame, which we all know and love. "NYC" is the urban retort, bristling with echoes of thunder, murmurs of traffic in the distance, jingling keys, it symbolizes the minutiae of everyday existence and is underpinned by slouching beats with a small, eerie and discernibly mournful voice wailing on top. Final track, "Stolen Dog" pairs smudgy piano keys with terse, ticking beats, all shrouded in an ethereal shimmer, much like Burial himself.
05 Oct 09
18 Feb 12
Played by: Chris Coco, Shadow Dancer, Eleven8, Deepchild, Dirt Crew, Alkalino, Night Tracks, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Jesse Somfay, Liz-E, Alert, Slam Mode
Review: Given that his sound has now been referenced by countless imitators, it's testament to Burial's enduring appeal that the announcement of a new EP on a Sunday in February was enough to shake the online music press out of their collective stupor. As an EP it more than stands up to his previous work, and it may even be better than last year's Street Halo EP - where the brilliance of the title track left the EP quite top-heavy, there's no such complaints on Kindred. If UK garage was the touchpoint for his earlier releases, this EP sees Burial further developing a sound that has few obvious points of comparison, whether it's the savage, gnarled bassline of the title track, or the shambling house of "Loner", characterized by its hollowed out arpeggio and ambient crackle. But it's "Ashtray Wasp" that provides the most breathtaking moment, seeing the producer using the distinct musical language he's created and bringing confident melodic elements into play. Of course such descriptions seem trivial when trying to describe this EP - even for Burial it's far beyond what his peers and imitators could ever imagine making.
06 Dec 10
Played by: Wildlife!
Review: Much has been written in recent months about the meteoric rise of Footwork. What was previously a parochial form of street music native to Chicago and a mutant offshoot of the Ghetto House/Juke strain has become something of a global phenomenon in the underground music scene. Word has spread through YouTube and the blogosphere, but the reason why this curious sub-genre has risen to the fore is perhaps largely, if not solely, due to Planet Mu owner and avant-garde bass music ambassador Mike Paradinas. This 25-track compilation features the game's big players including DJ Nate, DJs Spinn, Rashad, Roc and RP Boo. When you listen to what could be termed the "softer" side of Footwork you can begin to appreciate how the sounds have filtered down the genre ladder and influenced swathes of contemporary producers of the Ramadanman and Girl Unit sensibility. A fascinating release and well worth spending some time exploring and absorbing.
12 Dec 11
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Axer Rouf, Junior Buzz, Epitome, Pier, Fused Forces, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: J Kenzo makes an appearance on the lauded and legendary Tempa imprint with these two tough little tracks, which display heaps of character and genre-defining skill. "Ruffhouse" sees Kenzo team up with Rod Azlan for an intriguing journey, dominated by bleepy synth melody and low-slung bongo drum for the first minute, before dropping into a classic mid-noughties dubstep burner with hypnotic bass and weighty soundscape. "Therapy" is reminiscent of some of Pinch and the Tectonic crew's more experimental work, with a techno twinge, fidgeting beats, a Benga & Coki bleep and plenty of unique character to set it apart from the rest.
05 May 13
Review: Drumsound and Bassline Smith's mainstream D&B assault is well worth watching. Applying catchy pop sensibilities to their tonked-out bottom-heavy technique, they're nipping at Fresh and Sub Focus's heels with real determination. Remix-wise we see Northern Lights throwing down a big dubstep vibe that sizzles and snarls with metallic menace while Tantrum Desire switches up for a speedy spliced and diced technicolour D&B version. Big.
11 Jul 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Juno Recommends Techno, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mr. Mitch, Gntlmn, J Courage, Lucent
Review: After the success of the original Southside EP last year, Bok Bok has called upon his mates to rework some of the lead cuts with results that stretch across the board. Sir Spyro has some filthy bass at the forefront of his playful reworking of "Silo Pass", while the horns get teased in the appropriate places to great effect. Vjuan Allure instead focuses on dry beats working around a UK Funky template, with only scattered effects left to fill in the gaps. Bok Bok's own remix of "Charisma Theme" piles the tension on high with dread strings and a snappy dispersal of percussion. L-Vis 1990 gets jacking with his take on "Reminder", leaving it to Helix to delve into a funky techno rut to conquer "Look".
25 Feb 13
Played by: Winter
Review: Although named after a tropical island, these dubsters actually hail from the less glamorous Birmingham. That never stopped Duran Duran though, show why not these new signings to Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label too? "My Love" is a glistening slice of Caribbean indie (yes, that's right), "Lady Colour" is a piano n beats lament and the spirit of Duran haunts the decidedly synthpop "Clouds (Caresser Les Nuages)".
03 Dec 12
Review: Prolific stepper DJ Madd has been hammering out the singles since first emerging some four years ago, and here he steps up to his most regular haunt of Black Box with malevolence in abundance on "The Life You Chose". There's a sinister 80s horror-film ambience at work in the droning synths that provide the melody in the track, while the rest of the construction growls and slithers with a remarkable slickness in a classic head-nodding half-step tradition. Distance carries on that tip for his remix, although at the drop he chooses to up the ante and bring some more fulsome grinding synth damage into the fracas.
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05 Mar 13
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Diplo, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Winter, Matta, Tulioxi, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah, Wednesday The Rat
Review: Mad Decent's unpredictable Jeffrees off-shoot is a one-stop-shop for all things electric - a matter of days ago they gave away a psychedelic folk EP from Jahan Lennon and now there's this outrageously eclectic dancefloor attack. The sixth volume in the series, you should know the score by now; from the juicy sub-satisfaction and trap-door riddim of Sibot's "Magnetic Gem" to the sexy leftside R&B of Liz's "Underdogs" via the more peaktime squeaks and tribal pounding of Lady Bee's "Sweet Like Chocolate", Jeffree's currency is the complete unknown. And long may they prosper!
12 Jun 12
Played by: Santero, Smutlee, Chrissy Murderbot, DJ Cable, Mooqee, Piri Piri, Juno Recommends Dubstep, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Aquadrop, The Golden Toyz, Nsekt, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Da Movelt Nasty Show, Filth Collins, Black Butter Records, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah, Laidback Luke
05 Apr 12
22 Jan 13
Played by: Mooqee, All Good Funk Alliance, Borgie, Juno Recommends Electro House, Utah Saints, Winter, Freemasons, Martin Solveig, Mat Zo, Moonbeam, Fed Conti, Nick Warren, Sister Bliss
Review: Oliver - An LA outfit comprising two gents called Oliver. Introductions over, let's get acquainted with the music. "MYB" is a satisfyingly simple and understated groove that instantly reminds you of Homework era Daft Punk and 2020 Soundsystem. "Night Is On My Mind", meanwhile, takes us into a much deeper, cosmic field that tips a nod at the likes of Terje and Lindstrom. "Control" is a brighter, breezier affair that glistens with a timeless synth sound and an utterly positive chord structure, while the title track brings us to a dramatic crescendo with anthemic slo-mo sassiness. Refreshing electro sounds throughout, Oliver have got real potential.
21 Oct 12
11 Mar 13
Review: A diverse post-dubstep producer that everyone's talking about, Reso finally delivered his debut album Tangram last year to great acclaim. Now it's time a for a remix edition, and boy does it feature everything including the kitchen sink. Highlights include Koan's brutal and snarling breakbeat version of "Axion", the beautiful synthscapes of Om Unit's remix of "Simple Pleasures", the insane industrial dubstep/arpeggiated techno fusion of Billain's remix of "Half Life", the sparse beat-fest of Doshy's "Coronium" rework and Evol Intent's evocative version of "Ishimura" which somehow manages to combine tropical beats and industrial metal chimes.
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12 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Quantum Soul, aka producer Guy Chambers, describes his productions as "mystical soundscapes". There's certainly something a bit mystical about "Strong Root", which features the distinctive vocals of veteran trip-hop chanteuse Louise Rhodes of Lamb fame. Her breathy vocals fit perfectly over Chambers' snappy dubstep beats, deep atmopsherics and intricate musical flourishes. Flipside "Rolling Thunder" takes a different tack, going all dubwise and steppy - all delay-laden organ stabs, low-end wobble and titanium-clad beats, still managing to sound deep depite its undeniable ferocity.
17 Dec 12
25 Sep 12
Review: Get down and dirty to King Yoof vs DJ Cold as the duo go in hard in the "Slayer Soundclash" with the motto already embedded into the title of the EP Death b4 Dishonour, you know what you're getting with this one. Cue shuddering bass, reggae vox, tumultuous drops and jungle infused synths a-plenty. "Call The Undertaker" blends raga jungle flavours with contemporary jump up, while "Respect" is more of a vocal-driven roller and title track "Every Night Is A Soundclash" is a bass heavy ball buster with lilting lyrics and smashing drums. "Tik A Tok" blends a well-known hook with rolling breaks and jungle shimmying attitude. Lovely stuff.