Review: It's becoming a regular theme with the Dansu Discs team, that they continue to unleash gems into the world with their extremely precise A&R process. This latest exploration into garage and breaks from Alfredo Romero is a perfect example of that, kicking off with the chord-driven sonic drifts and unpredictable drum switches of 'Raspect', with Interplanetary Criminal's sub-heavy rethink giving us two alternate versions of a top quality creation. Next, we move up the tempo ladder into the realms of jungle as 'Pet Nat' gives us a precise look into the breaksy drum rhythms and powerful sub-processing, before 'Wan More?' unleashes a classic spread of UKG chord progressions and 2-step rhythms. Finally, the highly energetic sub-textures and masterfully crafted vocal slices of 'Mad Man' sees the project out in style, rounding off a seriously impressive collection.
Review: Next up from the Dansu Discs team, we see them unveil the second edition of their extremely popular 'Dansu For Mental Health' compilation, which sees them unleash eight fabulous bubblers. Focussing primarily on the deeper side of garage production, the project works perfectly, with a solid balance of influences etched throughout, from the dubwise delays of Dubrunner's 'Scattershot', to the subtle breakbeat additions of 'Irresponsible' from Bailey Ibbs. There are a number of highlights for us, with the nostalgic melodic plucks of 'Hold On' from Stones Taro leading the way, alongside the acidic bass pulsations of 'Jet Stream' from Nicolas Duque. Lovely stuff.
Review: This 14-track VA comp will delight anyone who loves UK garage but has really had enough of partying like it's 1999, as London-based Dansu Discs showcase new directions in post-UKG bass music. Opener 'December' does for Al Green what High Contrast's 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' did for Julie London, and sets the scene for an album that's full of surprises, from the prog-isms of DJ Life's 'Blue' to Pinder's broken beater 'Hot Feet' to Warwick's ominously rumbling 'Only Way'. Elsewhere, Suki's 'Mind Control' could cross over onto deep house floors, while 'Original Style' from Main Phase will please the ragga-garage diehards.