The young RealRoots Int'l drops their third EP since Wasteman's opener back in March, and its newcomer 3WA who lays down some jah-fuelled science for the corner dwellers. "Kame" sounds like the outside of a Jah Shaka rave - all woozing bass and minimal percussion - while "Rumours" is more grounded in the grime end of the spectrum. "Try" heads down the dubstep terrain with its stop-start groove and swarms of bass, and "You Can't Hide" injects some much needed sci-fi karma into the mix - our favourite of the lot apart from the opener!
Of the many fresh faces that have come to light on Pinch's Cold Recordings, Manchester-based artist Acre has represented one of the most diverse propositions with his spots on Lost Codes (and more recently Codes), but he also has managed to follow label mate Ipman in bridging the gap over to Pinch's original institutional imprint Tectonic. After the Icons EP back in 2014, Acre now steps up with an album which fully explores his unique take on UK bass traditions. There is a lot to take in at first glance, from experimental excursions such as "Spiral" through to winsome beat studies such as "Always Crashing", with plenty of room for moody attitude in a reflection of the ever mutating definition of British soundsystem music.