Review: Glasgow based DJ and producer Harvey McKay is up next for Drumcode, with a bit of help from his brother Ryan here as Alias. This will be his fourth release for Drumcode since making his debut for the label back in 2013 with the terrific Lost EP. A staple of such esteemed imprints as Soma, Suara and Bedrock in recent times, the Visions EP is packed full of perfect big room bangers: much like you'd expect from the guy. Kicking off with the industrial strength stomp of "Pentatonic" which is stripped right down to the bone and full of "Spastik" style snare rolls, "The Truth" then gets some Robert Hood style adrenalised cyclicity going on. Finally we've got dark and slamming tool techno of "Dream Taker" that goes straight for the jugular. A grinding, hypnotic and downright riveting thriller for the peak time.
Matthew Yates - "Hater Motivator" - (6:18) 125 BPM
Alias G - "I Wish You Were Here" - (7:00) 128 BPM
Review: The first volume of the KMG Chicago series was something of a must-have, so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Certainly, there's plenty to get excited about, including a pair of Ron Trent remixes of cuts from Marshall Jefferson and Harry Dennis' Jungle Wonz project. Trent's versions of the "Ancestor's Walk" and "Urban Blues" are both typically deep, melodious and musically rich, with jazzy piano hits and electronic marimba lines offering the perfect compliment to the spiritual, spoken word vocals. Matthew Yates offers up a hustling, late night deep house treat in the shape of "Hater Motivator", before Chi-town veteran Alias G brings things to a close with the fuzzy vocals, jazz-flecked vocal samples and gritty grooves of "I Wish You Were Here".
Review: Down in the sunny south of France, moody producer Mr Ours can be found avoiding the light, lurking indoors and making his own brand of 'glitch-hop'. "Dawn" and "YMA" both see the music maker use a lot of tough dubstep moves and marrying them to quirky breaks with plenty of funk thrown in for good measure. The highlight of the mighty mixes also supplied is Dimaa's edgier reworking of the title track.