Review: This impressively expansive collection from experienced remixer Valique showcases some of the best downtempo and Balearic edits from his popular V's Edits series. There's certainly plenty to get the blood pumping and the juices flowing throughout, from a chugging, ten-minute take on Pink Floyd ('Brickwall') and a pleasingly squelchy take on Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams' 'Lose Yourself To Dance' (here renamed 'Lose Your Elf'), to a chunky dub-house re-imagining of Jimmy Cliff classic 'The Harder They Come' and a loopy, hypnotic, mid-tempo disco-rock revision of T-Rex ('Jewelry'). Throw in party-hearty takes on cuts from Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys (an odd but impactful reimagining of 'Good Vibrations') and you have a great value compilation.
Review: Fresh from appearances on the likes of Grid, Brawlin', Invicta, Four Corners and Pick The Lot D-Flex arrives on Eternal with four feisty cuts. 'Wah Gawrn' takes the lead with a venom MC line before dropping into a rasping harmonic you'll be humming all the way around Asdas, 'Mic Check' follows with a little more bounce and off-beat wriggle before 'Too Bad' brings the heat with an absolutely storming bassline that rises and twists skyward with hype and heaviness. Last but not least 'Oh No I Won't' closes with some curmudgeonly gruff bassline grizzles. Killer EP.
Review: Reading, UK-based duo Twin Sun are relative newcomers to the scene, but have already chalked up releases on leading contemporary disco labels including Midnight Riot, Too Slow To Disco and Discoholics Anonymous. Here they return to Hot Digits with a three-track EP that kicks off with the very 70s-flavoured 'When We're Dancing'. The other two cuts, though, fast-forward a half-decade or so to the early-mid 80s, with the pure boogie vibes of 'Way For Me' conjuring visions of high-top fades and shiny suits with huge shoulderpads, while 'Gotta Have It' rocks a slightly dirtier, west coast funk kinda vibe.
Review: Destination Toronto: RMS returns to the scene of the crime as Audio Addict release his first EP in quite some time. As always, the sounds are stark, futuristic and beautifully crafted with highlights including the wild and unpredictable collab with Herby 'The Antichrist', the gully-assed dreamboi supergroup situation with Kumarachi and Epicentre ('Fallin'), the raw and gritty drum funk and mad switchy fills on 'Sound Kill' and the tremendous turbine revs of 'Smooth Operator' with RMS & Excess. Welcome back RMS!
Review: Brawlin Beatz continue their current slew of excellent VA albums with 'Nu Forms 2'. A celebration of tomorrow's talent and confirmation the genre is in safe hands in the future. Highlights include the heads-down hurricane-like cut 'The Cure' from Gravit-E, the emotional cries and yearns of Jayde Emmerson on Loto's 'No Decline' and the electric euphoria of the Dimension-alike 'Time'. Bring in the nu nu.
Review: Smelting the elements on Ray Keith's Dubplate Dread, young and unavoidable talent Alcemist whips up some of his most stinking fusions. 'Ignite' starts the engine with the soulful tones of Miriam Franklin purring over some naughty bassline groans while 'Minutes' keeps the vocal pressure with legendary MC 2Shy taking the lead over more gutter-chomping distorted basslines. Elsewhere 'Murda Dub' twists up some very strange croaky funk while 'Paradox' closes the EP with some proper breakbeat slappage.