Review: Now Cosmic Bridge are most certainly a label known to not be scared of pushing the boundaries, a trait they show off in abundance here as they bring forth the futuristic jukey compositions of A.Fruit. We kick off with the rapid firing vocal samples and drum punches of 'Make Them Shake' and the more experimental percussive inclusions and junglistic slices of 'Polykarp'. Following this we take a closer look at 'Deep Insight', a crispy, neurotic masterpiece, followed by even more creative vocal exploits and ever expanding drum patterns of 'Before You Go'.
Review: There is no doubt in our minds that the rapidly rising sounds of juke and footwork are likely to play a very important part in the development of future dance music, with a lot of producers trying their hand at the high energy genre specifics. Here we see A.FRUIT show a splash of expertise across her 'Obsession' project, courtesy of Medschool. We begin with this airy flavours of 'Please, Arrive', followed by the precise vocal slices of 'Bright Spot' and gnarly bass growls of 'Music Lasts Forever'. The dungeon themes continue as the title track 'Obsession' rolls out some lethal sublow pressure, before we round up the project with minimalist drum work are evil harmonics of 'Secret Trick'.
Review: The ever-effective Hyperboloid imprint return this week with a new artist by the name of A.Fruit. Everything seems to be in order, then. Veering off from their usual blend of outsider electronics, "Days" kicks off like a speeding bullet, smashing through the speakers with a malovence that we haven't heard since the late 90s jungle days, while "Three Six Nine" loosens the groove to unleash a fiery concoction of half-step tribalism. The same goes for "Reflection In Your Eyes, albeit slowed down, and the lead track "Your Inner Sun" washes away any rave hysteria with a much gentler, more symphonic approach that is akin to post-dubstep. Wonderful stuff here.
Review: A label shutting up shop is never, ever a good thing. But when they sign out with a collection as strong as this? You've got to admire them. Graduation is an epic collection of total D&B innovation from some of the Hospital sub-label's longest standing talents, old friends and a few new-gen upstarts along the way. Highlights across the 23 track set include raw damagement in the form of a S.P.Y's "Black Flag VIP", 160 freakery from Lakeway in the form of "Massive", swampy trippy tripletty funk from the long-missed Lung ("Stop Crying") and more blissful uniqueness from Kimyan Law ("Kaleido"). These are just some of the many impeccable designs from a collection that closes the label with full respect and the attention to detail the label has always had. Med School RIP.
Review: The team at Black Marble Collective have maintained an incredibly consistent high standard throughout the course of 2019, with this latest compilation providing the cherry for the metaphorical cake they really do deserve. They assemble a goliath 16 track collection including original heat from the likes of DJ Ends, Jah Bliddie, Andrew DIFF, Dev79 and more. For us there are a couple of stand out favourites, including 6Blocc's incredibly emotive rethink 'For Life', originally featuring A.Fruit. We also love the rave-ready basslines of Dom Corleone's 'Yo Body' VIP mix and the junglist slices of 'Underground' from Alexandre.
Review: Hospital Records do compilations better than most, partly because there's always something for them to celebrate. This time around it's the second year of Hospitality in the Beach, their new 4 day exercise in beach-based beats, featuring some of the best artists in the game. A huge album, the LP has 33 tracks - 25 of which are brand spanking new. Whiney's remix of Etherwood's 'Begin By Letting Go' is a highlight, the original's smoothness roughly transformed into a pummelling display of techy force. With Bou, Kasra, BOP and others making an appearance, this LP has all bases covered.
Review: Again, we dive deep into the pools of the unknown with this one as we travel through the latest compilational offering from Worst Behavior, who bring forward a host of guests on their second official full release. The styles on the project vary, primarily however floating around the juke / footwork bracket. We see a host of names join the party here including the likes of A-0, Samurai Breaks, Harka, A.Fruit and Posij, forming a pretty strong roster indeed. Highlights for us have to include the twisted collaboratory flavours of DJ Madd & Jon1st's 'Roots Fashion' and the jungalistic spins of 'Saturn Bashment' from Walters.