Review: Next up on Friendzone we welcome a very exciting pairing as both Mark Archer & Luke Vibert link up for a masterclass in breakbeat production. We kick off firstly with Mark's two originals, beginning with the scattered yet sub heavy rhythmic designs of 'What's The Name', which uses dusty vocal samples over crunchy drum rolls to set us on fire from the off. Next, the higher tempo of 'Pump It' links together smooth chords to give us something completely different before moving onto Luke Viberts two originals. The first of these takes the name 'Phoam', which links together acidic bubbles with slower broken beats, before the more classic 4x4 sounds of 'Acidhouse Ecstasy' calls time on a very interesting project indeed.
Review: Since launching in 2016, Kevin Griffiths' Isle of Jura label has become one of the most talked about imprints around, something we attribute to its inspired mix of dusty-fingered crate-digging reissues and the Australia-based Brit's own colourful productions as Jura Soundsystem. This label sampler tells the story so far, gathering together some of the most sought-after slabs from the imprint's growing catalogue. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the disco-reggae sunshine of Yvonne Archer's cover of Chaka Khan favourite "Ain't Nobody", and the deep ambient house trip that is the 'Sun & Moon Mix" of Holy Ghost Inc's "Walking On Air", to the flute-laden, unearthly new age exotica of Zann's "Tatopani" and the hazy, synth-laden Balearic bliss of Chayell's "Beach". In a word: essential.
Review: De:tuned's tenth anniversary series continues with another rock solid EP packed with previously unheard treats. John Beltran steals the show with inspired opener "Juliette", an outer space Detroit techno number that underpins melancholic chords and dreamy electronics with a bustling, futurist rhythm track. Elsewhere, Altern8 man Mark Archer wraps dreamy, mood-enhancing riffs around crunchy machine drums on the luxurious "Depth From Within", Future Beat Alliance doffs a cap to vintage ambient techno and IDM on the shuffling bliss of "Reflected Notes" and Max404 gets busy with pots-and-pans drum hits, smooth acid bass and elongated organ chords on excellent EP closer "Butterflying".
Review: Liminal Sounds come correct with their first multi-artist collection. Each contributor representing the blistering future of instrumental grime and bass music, each cut is a refreshing take on one of the dance's most exciting creative pastures... Copout gets Amazonian with a be-fluted presentation of pressure, Shining Force takes us on a late night graveyard tour being sure to throw us through the thickest of sonic cobwebs, Archer strips the vibe back with a sturdy steppy brew, Bushido takes us on a one-way trip into an intergalactic warzone while JGYB does a fine Proxima impression as he lays down the wriggliest, tech-heavy sermon of the session.