Review: Kid Drama is one of the most highly regarded producers in the game, his style spanning from heavy, rolling cuts to ambient, spacious steppers that are best consumed whilst not sober. His latest release on his very own CNVX imprint is just downright quality from start to finish. The title track features Rhyme Thyme on a blackish roller that moves and sways with unnerving ease, the vocals sitting sparsely on top and each drum hit perfectly placed to cause some serious damage. 'Mirrored Lake' is along the same lines but takes things in a much steppier direction, 'Troublesome' is equally amazing and 'Kid' rounds off the release in style: a pulsating bassline that swerves off into the ether, only to come back once more and bite you. The production ability is clear - Kid Drama is the king.
Review: Deckstar and Steve Brooks proudly present their second Nu Wave compilation, which continues to showcase the very best in UK garage and all things bass-related. Steve Brooks actually features throughout, but this series is reserved for some of the lesser known names on the label and a few upcoming talents to boot. There's many cherry-picks here, but our personal bests have to be Morrt's gorgeous "Want U" - a driving house stomper - and Zak Moore's "Come On" for its incessant electro bassline and general rave goodness! Many remixes and other killers to choose from, though - dig in!
Review: Kevin Saunderson's label has released so many classics that this compilation celebrating its quarter century is an embarrassment of riches. Classics provides an insight into Saunderson's diversity as a producer; from the classic late 80s/early 90s Detroit techno-house of "Rock to the Beat" and "The Groove That Won't Stop" through the pop techno of "Good Life" and the deeper, bass-heavy sound of his E-Dancer project, represented here by "World of Deep" and "Bassline", this is a well-rounded snapshot of Saunderson's best-known releases and projects. However, it also wins extra kudos for including some obscure gems like the classy, ominous vocal-led house of "Forces", reorded under the Essa guise.
Review: On the latest instalment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series, Peggy Gou paints a vivid picture. It starts with the widescreen ambience of Space Time Continuum's 1993 debut, "Fluresence", before moving into her own, cosmic "Hungboo" and the niggling acid of Pearson Sound's "Earwig", a contemporary cousin to Plastikman's Musik. There are other endearing oddities here, such as Andrew Weatherall's seductive house version of Sly & Lovechild's "The World According To..." and the raw drums of Kyle Hall's "Flemmenup". Gou has also included a Detroit techno classic, Psyche's "Crackdown", but balances this out with new, unreleased tracks from I:Cube - "Cassette Jam 1993" sees the maverick French producer deliver a frazzled, hazy affair - and Hiver's pulsating, acid-flecked "Pert".