Fresh Liquid is the best way to start describing "Soul Survivors". From the first track it's clear that Rewind is after full dance floor involvement, and with opening track "Soul Survivor" they might have cracked it. "Need Your Love" heads for a Fresh/"Blind Faith"-esque chorus filled with strobes and bobbing snapbacks, wrenching the EP up from liquid into something else entirely. "Reload" continues this descent into bassy oblivion with compression out the wazoo and the clunk-click of heavily-armoured war robots about to set off into battle. It's not really a track for subtle metaphors, except there is a flute involved in the action, adding some much appreciated mid-range texture. Completely changing it up once more for the final track, Rewind decide the best way to round of this schizophrenic offering is by a blitzkrieg-level jump-up assault on a 90s rave classic. Why not?
Wickaman & Hoodlum - "The Way I Move" (dubstep mix) - (4:07) 140 BPM
Rewind - "Soul Survivor" - (5:05) 140 BPM
POD - "You The Badman" - (5:17) 140 BPM
Wickaman & RV - "Officer Down" - (4:03) 140 BPM
Okay, own up, who put a rocket up Infrared's behind? Whoever did deserves a bleeding medal. After years of silence, J Majik & Wickaman's label is on absolute fire right now. As proved by this feisty fiver of dubstep gems gems. Label noobs Rewind appear twice; "As One" takes two old school classics and gives them a dubstep twist while "Soul Survivor" is a high end twister with a delicious synth hook on the drop. Elsewhere we find Wickaman & Hoodlum dropping their usual 170BPM to a cool 140 for a screaming reversion of "The Way I Move", POD getting bolshy with traditional dub textures on "You The Badman" and Wickaman & RV getting crunk on next-level grit and a couple of Robocop samples for "Officer Down". For a D&B label these cats sure know their dubstep.
An interesting departure for J Majik & Wickaman's Infrared label; usually famed for its killer slew of D&B releases (besides the occasional buzz cut from Rewind) here we find them going all EDM on us with two very exciting US bass exports. "All Systems Go" is the quintessential set opener with its emotional strings and heavy cinematic scope. "Hero Down" is equally hair-raising while opting for a more strident 4/4 stomp. "Stardust" brings the curtain down with much more of a 'lighters up' feeling thanks to Taylr Renee's sexy breathy vocal work. Usually the sole preserve of clouds, don't miss out on this opportunity and grab your "Silver Lining" today!