Review: Filthy Habits has been on a bit of a spree recently, with a slew of releases on labels like G13 and others. This time though he's on arguably the best dedicated jump-up label in the scene - Low Down Deep - and here's here with a wicked slew of pointed, angry tracks. The B-side 'Talk Too Much' is the standout tune, with a ragga jungle introduction that's flipped into a biting, jungle number that grates and grinds in all the right places. Absolutely wicked tune this and it's complimented by an almost equally cool A-side - definitely check this single out.
Review: Known to his mum as Larry Holcombe, Get To Know's Facebook page describes his musical influences as '80s boogie, disco, indie and house", and it's fair to say that you can hear all of the above in his latest offering. 'Better Love' is supplied in four mixes: the Radio Edit has naturally been shaped to emphasise the track's poppier elements, the Club Mix will suit more commercial floors, the Babert Remix takes things a little more underground with a throbbing 80s bassline while the standout rub comes from Cuz Electric, who drop the tempo and concentrate even more on the bottom end.
Review: Serial Killaz is back with their latest EP, which is pretty impressive stuff and a welcome sight after their little break. The title track is wide, forceful and ceaselessly crazy, an arrangement of limit-breaking synths coming together in a surprisingly melodic arrangement - one for the raves. 'Jungle Lock', 'Hush', 'Harmonic Drones and 'Fully Armed' are all in a similar vein, just pure dancefloor killers with the energy to keep you going once the sun starts hitting your face. This is a non-stop EP from a crew who have been in the scene for a long time.
Review: Beat Merchants the name; soothing's the game... Conrad, Juiceman and Jubbz' project returns with another bounty of soulful bliss. Two originals, two remixes: the agenda is set by the simple understate soul of "Lockdown" with stripped back pianos, horns and some beautiful vocal pairing throughout while "Believe" takes us to the furthest of far-sides with a blissful (and well-loved) guitar lick, an elasticated double bassline and sharp bars. Elsewhere Command Strange flips "Hurricane" into more of a barbed beast while L Side turbo charges the title track with consummate soul. Keep this on lockdown...
Review: More from the wonderfully named Monsieur Von Pratt, a popular re-editor who recently impressed via rework EPs on Tropical Disco and Mandrill Cuts. He begins his first Masterworks Music outing with the P-funk influenced power-pop/heavy electrofunk vibes of "The Real Thing", before giddily dancing towards smoother boogie territory on EP highlight "The One". Those looking for tougher, more raw-sounding flavours should check the 80s soul/electrofunk fusion of glassy-eyed peak-time workout "Come On Feel Your Love", while tasty closing cut "Mi Amor" sees our scalpel-sporting hero successfully turn his attention to an early 80s tropical disco workout rich in Chic guitars, heavy percussion, rubbery bass and sleazy synths.
Review: Exactly one month on from an acclaimed outing on Katakana Edits, RockNRolla Soundsystem pitches up on Danny Worrall's Masterworks Music imprint with a hot-to-trot trio of celebratory peak-time reworks. Our pick of the bunch is the surging disco-funk business that is "Got The Funk", where impassioned vocal snippets and disco orchestration take control after a gnarled, funk-fuelled build-up. That said, plenty will enjoy opener "Everybody Wants To Be", a house style tweak of one of the most commercially successful and well-known disco records of all time, while synth-powered disco-boogie workout "The Lovely Ones" is a cheery and thickset take on a Michael Jackson hit.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings are a regular presence on these pages, their music is precise and damaging and they're back this week with a single from Agro. Timbuk 4 is a two-tracker that relies on its wavey concoctions of low-frequency movement to impress, with hard percussive knocks resting nicely underneath. 'Fair Trade' is the B-side and probably our favourite, with Chats MC doing some serious work over a very creative back end. Lovely stuff.
Review: Navi and Junior Dangerous on the same jam? This spells trouble in best body-bumping way possible. Versions galore, we kick off with the digidub dancehall swagger of the original before a crack squad of players all sign up to the bang gang... Label boss Deekline goes all tear-out with a bassline that's not dissimilar D*Minds around 10 years ago, Potential Bad Boy flips it into a purring subby jungle roller while Aries reminds us of his bashy side with a proper tropical shakedown. Finally we body bang all the way to New York state for a springy sci-fi skanker from Liondub and Jah Boogs. Banging.
Review: Loggy is back in the building with his first substantial release since his 2018 album Hologram! Four tracks deep, each one repping the shades of his sonic palette we know and love best, the vibe kicks off with the bright and bubbly "Waveforms" where an old school bassline pings back and forth under a syrupy soulful vocal. It's joined by the darker, more dramatic technoid-influenced stepper "Ancestors" and the scorching dubwise roller "Rhythm Track". Likely to be the DJ's pick on this EP, it fires up with a sweet ragga vocal, dubby horns and a booming reese / break combo. Finally "Oslo" brings us to a touching ending as subdued chords float back and forth over a dreamy groove. Classic Loggy.
Merchant Blessing (feat MC Conrad) - (4:38) 174 BPM
Review: His last album Salvation seems like it landed only yesterday - it's actually been exactly two years. And during this time he's been neck deep in collaborations for this remarkable follow-up. Each track a creation with a kindred spirits. Key Hospital faces include Degs, Bop, Urbandawn, Whiney, S.P.Y, fellow souls on other label orbits such as Pola & Bryson, Technimatic, DJ Marky and old friends (Danny Wheeler, MC Conrad) The result brings out the best of all Makoto's sides and styles from hazy disco ("Miles Ahead" with Marky) dreamy cosmic funk ("Dive" with Polaris) and total soul bliss ("Merchant Blessing" with Conrad) And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Review: Both of these artists and Deep In The Jungle have been excelling this past year and in some ways they've helped each other, the pairing of Kumarachi and Epicentre is a match made in heaven with their barebones jungle sound fitting the label perfectly. Patterns is no different with 'Murda' getting things off to a wonderfully wobbly start, with diving sub basses and funky, nonchalant drums. 'Evolve' touches on more classic jungle notes, a riotous break slams down the middle whilst ever-present bass stabs punctuate the arrangement and inject that junglist force every good breaksy track needs. The title tune is in the same vein, whilst 'Last Time' is a lovely little roller. More top work from this crew.
Review: The Fizzmeister returns! Mr Joseph back on Fokuz packing a joyously mixed bag of flavours that showcase his widest scope of styles. "Honest Truth" is all about the breezy emotion-coated rollage with the delicate touch he knows best. "Non Stop Wiz Kid" sees him flip to gully mode with a halftime heave-ho and some super hot bars from one of the US's best MCs, NYC's T.R.A.C. Last but not least "Afraid" brings things to a bittersweet conclusion with piano poignancy, rattling breaks and just the right levels of cosmicity. Tom Cruise was wrong: turns out we can handle the truth after all...
Review: K7 have looked all the way to Mumbai, India for their latest signing, snapping up this five-tracker from Sanaya Ardeshir, whose previous credits include an EP for Wind Horse and a remix for George Fitzgerald. 'Eleven Eleven' itself blends downtempo, dreampop, 60s psych and broken beat influences, and is supplied in vocal and instrumental mixes. Elsewhere on the EP, 'Shift' and 'Glock' have an ambient jazz kinda feel, while 'Ever Bridge' sounds like it was written to soundtrack a movie scene where the protagonist stares moodily out of the coffee shop window on a grey, rainy Tuesday afternoon.
Review: Complex returns to clear up the debris from his explosive "Back It Up" release with Decoy at the start of the year. First comes a brand new jam; the deep menacing cyborg rolling funk of "Dark World" where a techier edge prevails along with some exceptional detuned synth cascades on the fills. Next up is a VIP of "Back It Up". The vocals are still pretty dubious but with a new twist on the bass and extra grotty funk, it's still a cracking VIP. Soundz as a pound mate.
Review: Jholeyson is beginning to make real waves in the scene. Having produced standout releases for the likes of Posh Records, Harvibal and 1994 Music, it was in 2018 that the young Colombian DJ launched his own imprint: Sticker Music. Fast forward a year and this EP for Hot Creations marks another strong milestone in Jholeyson's ever-flourishing career. From the deep and tripped-out afterhours acid of "Discow," through to the tough rolling and hypnotic "Plenty" which is reminiscent of the classic UK tech house style - Jholeyson is definitely one top watch in 2019 and beyond.