Review: Combining broken garage beats, powerful basslines and some heavy textures, UK producer D3adl1ne's "Wait For You" boasts three dubby killers - the deeply-atmospheric title tune, the meditative half-stepper "Still Believing" and the more house-shaped chilled tech of "Baby Got Beef".
Review: With the lead track on this EP, "Turn Around", sporting crooning tones from Luke Lowen, it seems like D3adl1ne has a clear sight on breaking through to mass appeal. In the delicate UK Funky framework and drive-time vocals of the track there is a lot of potential for crossover, but the EP doesn't stop there. "Eee" for example plies a definite trade in dub techno dynamics amidst shuffling 2-step beats, while "Everybody" comes from the Joy Orbison school of melancholia in contemporary electronic music. Light, melodic and instantly accessible; D3adl1ne should win over many a fan with his crisp, clean beats.
Review: The original version of "Turn Around" - a rare outing for the oddly-titled D3adl1ne and vocalist Luke Owen - is impressively soulful, a bleep-and-click heavy chunk of dewy-eyed UK funky that benefits greatly from Lowen's casual but emotion-laden vocal delivery. There's a quartet of remixes to explore, with DJ SKT leading the way with a aprase two-step version that makes great use of the original's 8-bit bleeps. Tremorfire Dubz inject some energy via a heavyweight 4/4 groove and tropical riffery, while Solution go all Todd Edwards on their Dub remix. The final version, from Shea D Stedford, mixes skittish jungle rhythms with extended breakdowns.
Review: San Francisco's Hot n Heavy Recordings mark their third birthday with a new action packed compilation, released on the symbolic date of 12/12/12. Featuring 14 fresh cuts spanning future bass, deep house and leftfield garage. Highlights include the tropical melancholia of Laney's "You Need To", the menacing minimal vibes of "Hairdresser" by Allmostt, the sparse, abstract garage of HxDB's "Spectator" and the slammin' raw, retro house of "Darlin" by D3adl1ne.