Review: Longtime Swamp81 member and master of both sides of the mic, Manc murker Chunky takes his production chops to a new tripped-out level: "Tolk To Meh" is a bad dream stepper, all weirded out noises and beats so spacious you could park an Ford Cortina between them. "Who Is That" sits somewhere between UKG, funky and a dark alley; sweet-shuffled beats galvanised in molten spookiness. Close your eyes and it could easily be Zed Bias... Comparisons in this game don't get much higher.
Review: Oh Lord, it's been a while but the one like Chunky is back on Loefah's mighty Swamp 81 with a trio of house-tinged bass bangers tailor-made for some festival lap-ups! "Pash" opens with a glitchy, minimal garage rhythm that clearly sits somewhere along the hardcore continuum...but we just can't say where, exactly. "Imminent Threat" has grime all up in its DNA, the majority of the tune made up from curb-side lyricism and some of that cracked beat-making that used to represent the whole Fruity Loops trend; "Verudela Squad" bleeps and hums like a Boddika tune except that Chunky has a little more funk to his production style, adding in killer vocal chops and even a little bit of a soulful sway to boot. Lush.
Review: It's always an exciting start to the day to see a new 81 drop hit the shelves, especially when they sound as potent as this one as Chunky returns for a vibrant four track experience. The title track 'Novella' is a perfect example of delicacy in dance music being used well as smooth chords play out over shuffling drum beats, before the broken-beat textures of 'Her' give us something very different to enjoy. From here 'Chava' then explores an alien soundscape made of extended shaker stretches and bubbly synthesizer plucks, before 'Baah' delivers a bouncy, sub heavy composition, driven by the catchy vocal singalong and the overall gloomy nature of the tune, giving this EP the perfect round up.
Review: Jayline is back on Eterrnal Muzic with a stomping four-trackr, mostly from the man himself but Chunky Bizzle makes an appearance as well. This is a full EP, then, and we're very much into it as every inch of this release is characterised by quality and the diversity is great to see. You've got big, riotous rollers like 'Be Somebody' and 'The Bells', which will get even the laziest amongst you dancing, but then also more stabby tunes like 'Reinvoked' or 'We Don't Need To Get'. There are seriously nice tones of old school jump-up all the way through this release and it's a return to the subgenres more genuine, barebones side. Wicked EP.
Review: Swamp 81 present their first ever V/A compilation and it's a solid family affair as the label's oldest and newest mates contribute some of their starkest, darkest, stripped back designs. Freshman Chunk brings forth some brilliant broken minimalism in the form of "Oun_C" and the off-beat oddities of "Tolk To Meh", legit don Zed Bias is present with the gurgling, warped-bass broken beat slinker "Chokehold" and label OG Mickey Pearce is all about the technoid fusion on "Warm Barzz" and slugged-out wriggler "Jersey". Elsewhere Paleman dishes up three mean pieces of iced soul in the form of the metallic stepper "Newun", the spiritual spatial UKG subversion "Dining & Bar" and the star-lit classic electro jam "Animus". Complete with serious pressure from Cousin and Lamont, this is a stunning statement of where the label is at and, of course, where it's taking us in the future.