Review: If you love jungle this will be the release for you, as Rainforest and Calculon take a deep dive into the fractious world of 160 and 170 jungle, blending floating sample work with crisp percussion of the type which makes or breaks releases like this. They've nailed it, and it's especially apparent on 'Homebwoy Jungle', which makes full use of the added groove possible when you dip down 10bpm and focus on core aspects - sensational.
Review: This is a monster of a remix album, as Calculon has roped in an all-star cast of names from the world of slower, breaksy music: Om Unit, Deft, Survival, Lewis James, Fanu and more. Lewis James, of Exit Records vintage, especially impresses, as his remix of 'Get Murked' makes its way through analogue soundscapes via a vessel of bouncy junglist breaks, a truly funky yet hard-hitting arrangement that rolls out to your heart's content. Deft's remix of 'Get Murked' takes a different direction, with oodles of space for his halftime approach to reap dividends amidst a serious commitment to soul and funk. Top album.
Review: The Dreamers Recording, based out in Italy, always come out with creative fusions of drum & bass, jungle and halftime, and this EP from a collection of acts doesn't break that mould. It's a sonic feast of creativity and the trio responsible really hit their raving stride on 'Grape Hi', which steps with giant movements and lands with massive force on its halftime heels; big tune. 'Yuzu Hi' is just as good, with a hypnotic drum line and whispery, magical atmospherics courtesy of some well-placed pads and a strong attention to detail. One of the heads, this.
Review: Shoot Recordings are coming in to play with this single from Stunna & Calculon, the B-side of which is a remix from Stunna. This one is stripped back and clear, there are no over the top synths or cheesy vocals, instead it's all about the roots of the genre: drums, bass and the rawness which has made the genre such a mainstay. 'Dime Piece' features Lailah Reich on haunting vocal duty over a subby yet melancholic rolling number, the perfect exemplification of what makes this release so solid.
Review: Shoot Recordings comes through with a new pair of artists on its roster, after having put out a series of killers by the likes of Chrissy Murderbot and Pawn. There's more juke-driven house music on this latest outing by Calculon and Austin Speed, backed with by a serious team of remixers. The original is a raved-out footwork monster with some of the nastiest piano stabs and break samples we've heard in a long time. Lewis James transforms the original into a full-blown monster, where the beats are totally screwed up along with everything else, while Deft adds another wild and trippy dubstep remix.
Review: US dwelling D&B-ster Random Movement provides the first cut for this new release on Rubik - kicking off with gentle, rattling breaks and shimmering atmospherics, we are eased into "Risk" slowly, with a slowly building sonic palette leading into the main tune. With an inherent musicality present throughout, the echoing vocal snatches serve to emphasize the mood of the piece. Deep bass bellows add further depth and structure. Up next, it's over to Mutt, Calculon and Kevin King for "Easy On The Motion" - a vocal-led, smoky, jazz-influenced liquid roller, which is preceded by a stripped back intro and bobs along beautifully until the end.