Review: Punch Drunk score another winner, finally unleashing Andy Mac's "Everytime" - a track which has become a secret weapon for the Bristol bass cognoscenti. There's a soulful tint to the track courtesy of the deep 2-step bass flourishes and that mournful vocal, though it's offset by some brilliantly snapping beat programming - a truly auspicious debut from the young Bristolian which can quite easily fit alongside any number of different styles! The accompanying track is just as good too, with "Asteroid Belts" delivering the best dirt filled Martian house rhythm this side of a Maurice Fulton production. A fine release from all involved.
Review: An epic release here from Breakdrum Recordings featuring a variety of breakbeat talent with plenty of original mixes and remixes. This one does what it says on the tin - celebrating the "breakbeat kings" of 2012 with bombastic aplomb. Kicking off with an Erio Donio remix of incendiary dancefloor banger "Jump Up (feat. MC Kyla), things are off to a great start. We move through the enormous album with too many tracks to mention but some stonkers from DJ Vibes, Osmo Band, Damage Breaks and Future Roots, to name but a few.
Review: Back in 2010, Peverelist's Punch Drunk label released the Worth The Weight compilation, a collection of hard to find classics from Bristol's dubstep scene. In the years that have passed, dubstep has mutated, and so has Punch Drunk, with the classic dubstep sound giving way to something equally as likely to feature elements of house, techno and experimental music. It's this direction explored in the Worth The Weight Vol. 2: From The Edge, a 12-track compilation featuring tracks from the city and beyond. While Hodge and Tessela represent swung house and techno hybrids, Bass Clef and Ekoplekz are on hand to provide some strange analogue deviations, while Kahn and Zhou represent the city's Young Echo collective. With Pev himself, Andy Mac and Kowton delivering a remix of the classic "Roll With The Punches", this is an essential compilation for anyone with even a passing interest in the past few years of bass-centric UK music.