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05 Mar 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Italian Aquadrop bites back with full force, following some stunning releases in the last year or so, with his Street Player EP on Seclusias. The title track is all tripped out, glitchy beats, stretched out, distorted vocals and gloriously fuzzy synths. Bathed in subtle, stripped back beauty, this one's for the heads. "Meaning Of Dreams" continues in a similar vain with a Burial-like intro and quirky mid part, dominated by curious instrumental quivers and bleeps. There's also an instrumental of "Street Player" for all you purists.
23 Jul 12
Review: Italian producer Aquadrop has impressed with his releases in the past and now steps up with his next release, the gloriously entitled "Synthesized Landscapes From Future" on the Seclusiasis imprint. An introductory "Welcome" skit lures us in to Aquadrop's world, where the "Eagle Nebula" kicks off with its quirky synths and ADHD-riddled bleeps. "Mare Tranquillitatis" is another synth-drenched number reminiscent of Rustie and Joker at times, while "Back & Forth" does just what it says on the tin with a playful abandon. Then "See Ya" brings things to an end with quirky patterns and hasty bleeps and blips.
02 Jan 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Dev79, Hxdb, Thrills, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio
Review: After a strong 2011, Distal comes back with a new EP on Seclusiasis, proving his worth as an ambiguous producer comfortable with deploying those 'chainsaw' synth moments for dramatic effect but not relying on them for his sole method of expression. "Eel" shudders with an electro militancy, slamming the beats down hard but never reverting to obvious rave signifiers. "Kurgan" is more sly in its approach, creeping to life on a half-time beat and sounding positively restrained before the buzz saw screech goes off, only to duel with dub techno chords further in. Convoluted it may sound, but he nails his stylistic straddling perfectly.
07 May 12
Review: Bay Area dubstepper Dnaebeats simply kills it on this debut album for American label Seclusiasis. With a distinctive sense of futuristic funk woven into his signature West Coast beats, tunes like previous single "Red Curry Popsicle", the dread-juke of "Camouflage" and the Hyphy crunk of "Electric Cool Aid" all show how Dnaebeats is the best in the West right now.
12 Jan 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Dropping on Starkey's Seclusiasis imprint last year, Kastle's "Time Traveler" was a confident combination of spectral yet hard hitting 2-step garage rhythms and dubstep bass combined with UK Funky inspired piano stabs and neon chords. Now it finds itself being remixed by the legendary Todd Edwards, who reworks the track into an upbeat US garage number, consisting of a shackling pattern of hi-hats and a rapid bassline ascent that somehow finds the space to sit comfortably between expertly clipped vocal samples. We don't have to tell you that pretty much everything Edwards touches turns to gold, but this is something special indeed.
30 May 11
Review: The Philly imprint Seclusiasis overseen by Starkey and Dev79 seems like a perfect home to unveil the latest sounds of Pittsburgh based producer Kastle. Across six tracks Time Traveller exposes your senses to the full spectrum of Kastle's sound, splaying twilight 2-step sounds on the title track with upwards glancing, fully flexing future boogie - the vocoder heavy "Better Off Alone" and the purple vibes of "Walking Away" which features Metalheadz MC Armaani Reign. Grimes vibes run through the scatter punch riddims of "Bring Me Back", whilst "I Know" sprinkles pitch shifted vocals over a Timbaland meets Roska beat pattern which constantly twists with energetic glee. Impressive stuff from the young producer!
22 Apr 13
Review: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas... Unless you're a Vegas-based producer with serious skills, like King - then it's only appropriate to spread the word as far and wide as possible. Taking grime sensibilities, mixing them with a dash of US ghetto-bass spirit and delivering them through a Brainfeeder loudhailer, King's carved a very distinctive niche over the years, summarising it neatly on this razor-sharp debut LP. From brutally barbed bashment ("Riots") to mournful, naval-gazing classic electro homages ("Getn Up") via uncompromising trappist naughtiness ("Off The Wall") Koncepts is a very well considered and arranged album that works on floors and feelings alike.
21 Jan 13
Review: Riderz of the sonic storm, the Canadian duo continue their well-received adventures into rainbow electro with this ace balance of West coast bass sleaze and Mohawk style vibrancy. With a cheeky VIP and remixes by the likes of XLII (guitar-bashing) Shiftee (dreamy drone shuffle), Warsnare (pumping future-bass), Goosebumps (whimsical psychedelia) and Sun In Aquarius (trippy sleepless bass) it's a glittering groove that's been represented in myriad positive ways. "Imma Go Hard" finishes the set with a raw ghetto funk adieu.
08 Oct 12
Review: Stamina's the key word here, as Brighton's Manni Dee likes it fast and sweaty. "Jungle Jook" is well, Jungle Juke: beats going at it with mach 3 speeds while gentle synth pads float about on top. "Bring Em Up" is staccato beats and laser-like electro bass notes that give way to dreamy synths. Fellow producer, Deft, takes over for the last song, "Drop It Low", which features stop-start rhythms, swirly, ravey atmospherics and chopped up vocals. Time to party hard folks.
SECLUS028 - EXCLUSI
18 Jun 12
Review: Selected by Starkey accomplice Dev79, this latest compilations of Seclusiasis' Street Bass Anthem features a host of tricked-out ghetto bass sounds including Manikan's murky half-stepper "For All Y'all", Starkey's mix of Food For Animals' "Shhhy" and Cobra Krames & Dev's own "Gun Finger Banger". Another tasty selection of US-slanted bass business.
28 Jan 13
Review: This is the second release by Warsnare aka the rather less threateningly titled Daniel Potter, a leading light on South London's New Cross scene. He likes to blend genres and BPMs and hates being categorised however, describe it we must. "Murderous Times" is a meandering, slice of warped vintage RnB, "Red Lights" is total pandemonium with 'try mixing that' beats, bongos, bleeps and even a kitchen sink (maybe), "Black Powder" sounds largely like what we would expect everything to sounds like if one were to consume such a thing and "Slum Clearance" is a truly apocalyptic closer. Bravo!