From the holy to the moly with all levels of WTF and crikey along the way; Gradient have just levelled up with this turbo-charged VA that celebrates how exciting the new generation of drum & bass is right now. So many talents, not enough time or space to list; just press play, dig deep and you'll find untold bangers for days. From Harley D to Warhead to Amplify via Nick The Lot, Jenks, Scurrow, Flint, Fanatics and the bossman Metal Work, this is a huge collection that's right on the cutting edge of the club D&B sound. Fusing elements of jump-up, tech and good old fashioned dancefloor bangers, these are the sturdiest foundations from which future careers will be built on.
Historically, DiCE_NZ releases have mostly been re-edits but the three tracks here appear to be original productions. 'The Situation' itself is a smooth groover with a late 70s soul/jazz-funk vibe and hints of Balearica. Elsewhere, 'Believe Me' is a nicely laidback lil' roller with a jazz-style female vocal from Brittany Kate - we won't insult your intelligence by explaining the Andy Buchan Sax Remix - while 'Don't Ya Know' loops up a snatch of male vocal that may or may not come from the Cate Bros' recording of 'Yield Not To Tempation', and comes with a Fingerman remix that packs some absolutely killer stabs.
Mask-sporting techno titan Redshape (real name Sebastian Kramer) can usually be relied upon to deliver the goods, particularly when it comes to the warmly nostalgic, timeless-sounding outings he delivers on Running Back. There's a definite "back-to-the-future" feel to 'Release Me (Base Mix)', a jacking slab of acid house/techno fusion piled high with psychedelic TB-303 lines, booming bass and creepy, held-note chords. He explores the track's vintage Chicago House influences further on the more stomping, acid-fired 'Windy Mix', before opting for a warmer and bouncier techno sound on 'Bonuz Me' (check the melodious, looped riffs and synth-strings). Closing cut 'Second Ten', meanwhile, sounds like vintage Mr Fingers updated for the Berlin techno generation.
Following releases from Matthew Dekay and Retza, upcoming label Satya delivers another fine underground EP, this time from Roni Amitai. The title track is a stripped back house groove that resounds to eerie synths and ticking percussion, while on "Faded", Amitai heads down a dubbed-out route, with the arrangement populated by acidic bleeps and spaced out tweaks. Satya has commissioned two fine remixes from Iskra; the 'Hold My Tears' version of the title track follows a similar, dubby path as Amitai's own "Faded", while the 'Sparks' take is an entirely different proposition, with Iskra layering ghostly vocals and organic percussion over the stripped back rhythm.
Coming across like a mixture of Soichi Terada's sublime deep house and the pacy rhythms of late 90s UK techno, the title track of Mogwaa aka Seungyoung Lee's debut release on Gudu is a distinctive affair. He slows down the pace somewhat on the robust rhythms of "Cloudride", but the cosmic vibes remain, articulated by easy-listening keys and swirling synths. "Spatial Bliss" sees the South Korean producer explore a more chilled approach, with snappy drums and a laid-back groove underpinning blissed out melodies, while on "Fizz" Mogwaa deploys a chilling string sequence over sparse electro 808s - a suitably futuristic finale to this spellbinding release.
Five years after his Tribute To Eddie 12" of remodelled disco heaters, Live Ones boss Lorca (AKA London-based producer Sam Crossman) is back with a couple of edits-not-edits inspired by all-round disco, boogie and early US garage legend Larry Levan. 'Larry's Bomb', a swirling, filter-sporting, MPC-driven cut-up of a vintage peak-time disco banger, opens the EP in fine style, with Lorca adding a few spoken word samples from documentaries exploring Levan's legacy in celebration of the Paradise Garage resident's immeasurable impact on underground dance music culture. He takes a similar approach on the slowly building - and undeniably far more bass-heavy - 'Look What You Do', throwing cowbells and hissing cymbals into the mix for extra percussive pressure.
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