Review: As the second of two new releases from the Breaks 'N' Pieces gang this week, DJ Crisps has provided us with yet another fantastic exploration into breaks and garage fusion, kicking off with the old school drum processing and demonic melodic structures of 'Luvin U'. The lo-fi flavours continue with 'It's A Dark Day', sampling a classic 'Fine Day' vocal line to give us a chilling sonic experience. We then move into the title track 'Music Is My Life', which through a combination of warbling LFO tones and bright drum processing gives us something completely different from the previous two originals. This is then followed by the boy-racer style drum switch ups of Mani Festo's remix, closing out the EP with some high-octane arrangements.
Review: As ever with Time Is Now, we are back to explore the darker side of electronic dance music, with DJ Crisps this time supplying us a low-ended marathon of original UKG flavour. We kick off with 'Don't Need No Dirty Money', which works perfectly as a sub-heavy sentinel, patrolling around the sub-speakers with an almost alarm-like tonality within the bass & synth patterns, before the ascending 808 pings of 'Dynamic Reflections' give us something a little more delicate. The party then takes a more tasty route as the crunchy vinyl dust and eyebrow-lifting saxophone lines of 'Release The Pain' deliver a fabulously refreshing display. Finally, 'Sweet Melodies' is given to us as a more tech-influenced outro, fusing moogy bass pulses with constantly shifting drum arrangements for an intriguing finale.
Review: Time Is Now seem to have such a knack for finding releases that just breathe colour and originality, a theme that they adhere to once again as they unveil the second edition of their 'Time Is Now Allstars' series. We begin with the smooth chord sizzles of Bakey's 'Dismantle', with Interplanetary Criminal & Hypho's delicate garage-breaks hybrid 'Talbot Road' in hot pursuit. Next, DJ Crisps switches the rhythms for some post-funky excitement on 'Ready Salted', before Yosh takes it back to some old school garage flavour on 'Over & Out'. Finally, the soulful vocal-chord combos of 'Arms Around' from Ell Murphy & DJ Crisps are chased down by Main Phase with 'Special Occasion', another super precise roller, which sees the release out with a bang.
Review: Time Is Now appear to have pulled an absolute gem out of the ground with his one as they welcome DJ Crisps inside for four grizzly garage originals, kicking off with the flawless sub pushes and catchy yet surprisingly minimal percussive persuasions of the title track 'Diamonds', setting the mood perfectly. Next, we feel the rhythms switch up significantly on 'Knock It Down', a moody yet groovy sub-rustling shuffler, followed closely by the pulsating 808 kick slaps of 'Lyrical'. Finally, we are greeted by a more nostalgia-ridden number in 'No Worries', packed with old school organ chord progressions and sharpened drum sections to really push home that original 2-step feeling. Awesome stuff!