Review: Unstoppable Russian artist Black Barrel follows his slew of Dispatch EPs this year with yet another level up: Metalheadz. As any debut on Goldie's blueprint label should, it's a chance for him to reveal even more depths and textures to his nature. Opting for the glacial soul and star-gazing side to the Headz sound, these are BB's deepest tracks to date; the soaring vocal and elastic space bass of "Elevate With Me", the Nucleus and Alaska-style oceanic ripples of "Lost Meaning", the heads-down cosmic grit of "Hear The Sound" and the savagely emotional finale "Leah". Each track hitting right in the feels, Black Barrel keeps on shooting.
Review: DLR's Sofa Sound imprint has been taking the D&B world by storm the last year or so, his penchant for rough sounds and deep scene links making him the perfect curator for a vision of his own. Helping him out in this endeavour are a range of artists, many of whom are on the forthcoming Sofa King Sick LP which this single is giving you a taste of. Ill Truth step up with 'Catch A Break', a weirdly futuristic track with a bouncing, bubbly bassline that feels submerged yet powerful in all the right ways. Finishing off the sampler is the dream team - AKA DLR, Black Barrel and Hydro - with 'Things Change'. This track is off the chain good, with snapping drums and a distorted yet precise back end. Just go listen to it.
Review: Getting you to more places than the Docklands Light Railway ever could, DLR takes his Sofa around the world and stops off at the homes and studios of some of the most exciting new generation artists. Every direction you check its severe roller situation as each participant step up with their finest. Highlights include the outlandish grizzles of Submarine & Scepticz's "Shingoki", the hair raising wriggles and flabby funk on Ill Truth on "Catch A Break", the infectious steppy late 90s buzzes of bossman DLR and Script's "El Mosquito" and the lush jazzy flurries of Trex's "Falling Down"... but that's just scratching the surface, the whole Sofa king thing is immense.