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28 Jan 13
Review: Not just a cool character on Futurama, Calculon's heady cauldron is bubbling with noxious boundary-bounding vibes that take reference from juke, jungle, techno, trap and good old fashioned ghetto-tech. The end result, as you can imagine, is an instant call to action. From the no-nonsense, slow-mo drama of "Bloodfight" to the early proto jungle vibes of "Back The Fuck Up" via the polyrhythmic party-powered shock out "Crush", Calculon celebrates everything that's great about bass-laced music past, present and future.
25 Mar 13
Review: Here we have a split single featuring artists on the Loose Squares roster getting remixed to within an inch of their lives. First up is Ghettotech don Calculon, whose recent collaboration with Austin Speed, "Back The Fuck Up", is turned into a killer slow juke meets jungle synth-fest by the producers themselves. Sinistarr's "Ross" however, is outsourced: and placed in the hands of LA's Drip (aka Atlantic Connection) where it becomes a phenomenal deep bass-meets trap joint.
03 Oct 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
19 Sep 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
26 Nov 12
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot
Review: As you might expect from a collective who have previous served up releases such as "Promoters Suck Dick", this Canadian crew are uncompromising and certainly not backward in coming forward. The result is a refreshing brew of ghetto attitude, rampant tempos and no frills fun. "Sweatpants" is rough and ready ode to acid house days. Bolstered with a dark, Black Strobe-style synth lead, it's a hair-raising experience through and through. "Doggs" takes this darkness even further with a trippy, hunchback melody and supreme jacking drop while "Push" takes the tempo up a notch or five with a vibrant garage flavour. For a moment or two it sounds like it should be slowed down a little... Then you realise it YOU that needs speeding up. And the Philthkids are here to help!
07 May 12
Review: Leeds producer Sarantis is brimming with excellent off-the-hook rave ideas across all seven tracks on The Cell33 EP arriving courtesy of Chrissy Murderbot's Loose Squares label. As you'd expect from any Murderbot-approved release, tempos creep deep into 140bpm territory as Sarantis mixes footwork and juke rhythms with dub on "Acid Daze", dancehall on "The Problem" and grime on "Str8up".
24 Sep 12
Review: Presumably named after the villain in the eponymous 1980s arcade game, Sinistarr is a futuristic drum and bass producer hailing from Detroit. Having already released on labels like the mighty Metalheadz, this new single arrives on Loose Squares. "Rave Juke" marries jungle rhythms with rave stabs and ominous who-let-the-dogs-out barking! "Western Ting" features cut up vocals and weird, melting basslines. "Ross" takes things in a totally different direction; it being a total hip-hop joint based around intricate drum patterns, warped vocals and booming bass. Recommended for anyone wanting a fresh take on an established sound.
19 Mar 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: We're not entirely sure who Slick Shoota is - or, indeed, whether he is actually a well-groomed marksman - but this EP is packed with urgent, energetic future garage grooves. Both "Love You You You" and "8 Bit Beauty" combine choppy vocal samples, classic garage sounds and steppy, hip-wigglin' rhythms to great effect. "Hit The Flow" delivers a stomping UK funky excursion with a thrilling slo-mo breakdown, while free track (yep, you can download it for nothing) "Eye Turn Red" is three minutes of edit-happy garage bounce. The heavy tropical drums and classic garage vocals of "Beby" complete a catchy package.
22 Oct 12
Review: This new compilation sees Loose Squares seeking to showcase footwork from around the world.. It's a diverse collection (compiled by Chrissy Murderbot) and features 10 leftfield takes on established sounds. Atki2 kicks things off with the minimal, drum machine-led "When The Fire Starts", 618's "Freak You" marries a resounding bass drum to a Lil' Kim sample, Pixelord plays with a host of exaggerated vocals samples on the deliciously tropical "Footpork". However, following on from the mellow "Lost In The Jungle" by Actraiser (clue's in the title), things get more hypey with DJ Godfather delivering the Bobby O-sampling jump-up banger "Bring It Back" and the intense speed-a-thon that is "Crack" by Nickotine.