Review: Having already proved himself as a producer to watch with releases on Mr Mitch's Gobstopper Records and Visionist's Lost Codes label, Bloom comes through with this beast of an EP on Crazylegs. Hydraulics is about as apt a title as could be applied to these four tracks, each of which sound like a an orgy of mechanical pistons and grime percussion. Those into the recent work of Mumdance will be right at home here; "Cold Grip", the paranoid siren alerts of "The Menagerie", stripped-back laser and drums combo of "Dark Light" and terrified human breaths and sliced-up synths of "Vessel" come together to make up one of the most downright enjoyable grime releases of the year.
Review: Some two years after founding their fast-rising Of Paradise Recordings label, founders Paul Patterson and Lauren Chalmers have decided it's time for a tidy compilation of fresh material from label artists old and new. The first portion of the collection focuses on wonderfully deep, woozy and occasionally Motor City influenced house haziness (see the sublime cuts from Soela, Polejam and Deejay Bloom), before Stratton drags us kicking and screaming towards peaktime floors via the Head High style piano anthem that is "The Keys". Dwell steals the show with the TB-303 acid-powered techno-jack of "Turn Up The Heat", Martin takes us to a sweaty turn-of-the-'90s rave via "Smart Casual" and DJ Moonbeam channels the spirits of early Goa trance on throbbing workout "Apogee".