Review: Footwork legend Boylan touches down for the first time on the Teklife imprint with some classic footwork goodness in a backpack full of original heaters, joined this time by a number of top quality collaborators. Firstly we witness the abstract vocal stretching and high pressure drum skips of 'Can't', before DJ Manny, DJ Tre & Poo join the ride on the super high energy drum switches and alarm like melodies of 'Key Control'. DJ Hank then gets involved with the big room synthesizer chimes and heavy 808 rolls of 'Report To The Floor' before we round up this very creative body of work the pinball melodies of 'Invention', putting the finishing touches on something very special indeed.
Review: It seems to be the season of Flowdan as he returns to us for yet another hard hitting single release here, this time joining forces with the highly sought after production stylings of Boylan. The pair land on Nomine Sound for an absolute ruckus of an original, with Boylan providing a lethal bed, writhing with reesey bass textures and rocket launcher drum drops, over which Flowdan is given the freedom to run riot, switching his lyricism between extended poetic verses and more hard hitting, shorter style punches. Wicked stuff!
Review: Raw as F*ck juke and footwork here from Moveltraxx sampler Da Movelt Posse. Dance Mania OG DJ Nehpets lines up alongside label mate DJ Clent (Planet Mu) in turning out Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot" while laying down some sex eduation juke and footwork style. Hyperdub signing Dj Tre turns in some heavy 808 kick drums tipped in vinyl crackle alongside the frenetic jazz and sample work of Boylan & J'Roc's heroic hip hop tricks in "Letz Rock". Da posse.
Review: The run of form we have found Sentry to be on over the past few months has been pretty astonishing, with their consistency levels hitting an all time high. They return here for a fantastic collaboration EP, kicking off with Boylan & Logos linking up for a sizzling sub-heavy roller entitled 'Orders', jam packed with lethal snare pumps and a steadily progressing LFO line that just breathes energy. The party expands on the next track as Slimzee & U.S.F join Boylan for the high energy drum expanses and rattling bass tones of 'The Mould'. These two tracks work perfectly as a pairing and fit precisely into the sound that Sentry have been pushing!
Review: A year after their last V/A EP, Boxed let rip with another future-fired session that leaves no under illusion what this multi-crew collective are capable of. Boylan & Oilgang set the record straight with a brutal slab of pulverising alien bass before Rebore dusts of his string quartet and gets busy over a rifle-style breakbeat that's not often exploited in grime. Elsewhere Slackk and Logos take us deep into the swampy jungle with an unnerving set of synth tones before flipping us skyward with an elastic bassline that comes from nowhere while Fallow shuts us down with a mighty slice of gun-toting grime drama. Brutal through and through; it's time to think inside the Boxed once again.
Review: Three pivotal figures in the evolution of Chicago juke music and the developing footwerk scene come together on this new EP for Juke Trax - led by DJ Rashad, who drops a pair of new, lightening fast clap 'n' bounce workers. "Nite Love" is cold and bare, with a diced up sample of Robin S' "Show Me Love" at its core, while "GT Music" uses a nice chunk of "Percolator" and throws in some scuzzed-up kicks and short vocal samples into a perfectly-structured and thrilling juke smasher. Elsewhere, Boylan samples Etta James on "Hands" and Lil Wayne on the brilliantly chaotic "Pistol", while all three producers join forces on the subby half-step of "Drinkin'".
Review: Spooky & Boylan are back after an exciting debut on the Boxed imprint earlier this year, and the dup pack a mean little punch with this incorrigible two-tracker from the murkiest depths of the dubstep realm. "Low Rider", as the name implies, is a woozy, low-pitched monster with a devilish little juke percussion swinging from side to side, and off every wall. "All Black Winter" speeds up the tempo and unleashes its wonky artillery or sub-bass in the tight spaces between the tune's gunshot-snares and ice-cold hi-hats. A good look for the fast-growing Oil Gang label. Ya dun-know
Review: Oil Gang 015 takes a turn for the unexpected, thanks to some powerful bass experimentations by Trends & Boylan, two freshmen on the scene with a motivation to get down and real dirty with beats; if that sounds a bit sexual, then all the better for it, because these tunes are NASTY! "Norman Bates" is a mishmash of styles and genres, blending together booming blows of bass with aggressive power electronics, and capped with a bit of industrial flare. Boylan's solo mission "Shimmy" is a high-powered grime mutation, while Trends' "Octopus" unwraps its beat-like tentacles over a wonky, shape-shifting tune that reminds us of some sort of marine invertebrate - what could it be!?
Review: 'Is the world round?', 'what is time?', 'do you reckon like, that the earth actually travels around the sun?' All great historical questions and now we also have 'can footwork ever be deep?'. It's a question being asked by Franjazzco who launches his shady new label in order to find out. Simply it's a big 'yes', with eight prime cuts that marry frenetic booty-shakin footwork beats with deep and sensuous moods. Pick of the bunch are the 1960s Rio-isms of "Bada", the jazzy, pilled up "1Luv" and the joyfully undanceable beats of "Scwm".