Review: UK label Natural Sciences are back with more lo-fi house shenanigans for retroverts, this time courtesy of the mysterious DJ Swagger. Deep and emotive house of the breakbeat fulled variety on the self aggrandizing "Return Of The Swagger" while the early '90s techno of "Lituation" will appease the nostalgic on this homage to Canadian legends Ron Allen and Hayden Andre Brown. Then "Peturn Of The Flip" has a familiar rap over the top of this melancholic and bittersweet jam that's given extra grit by those overdriven rhythm patterns and bumpin' groove.
Review: Coming up through labels like Natural Sciences and E-Beamz, DJ Swagger hooks up again with DJ AEDIDIAS for a collaborative EP on Shall Not Fade sub-label Timeisnow. In 2016 the pair self-released their debut Trunk EP which five years later brings us to this Speed Limit release. Taking in deep house and dusty two step jazz vibes in "Where U Come From" and the straight up club number "On Tha Block", the pair comes together in yet more two-stepping sweetness via "Don't Call Me" and a much heavier, drum and bass influenced "Psycho In Da Cut". Goes deep, goes hard.
DJ Swagger - "21st Century Slow Jam" - (5:42) 126 BPM
Bobby Pleasure - "Cloudspotting" - (7:35) 120 BPM
Review: Needs (not-for-profit) is a new label that aims to raise awareness about different issues within society with each release. Their first offering highlights the importance of mental wellbeing, with all profits being donated to mental health charity Mind, and calls upon a strong cast of deep house producers to impart the kind of Smallville-friendly sounds that discerning heads should snap up in a heartbeat. Hubie Davison's "I Know" is a melancholic affair with heart-nagging strings, while Johannes Albert injects a little spice into proceedings with a choice breakbeat and some excellent bird song on "Vigilia". DJ Swagger's "21st Century Slow Jam" is a peppy little shuffler with warm acidic bass and a kick ass swing in the beat, and then Bobby Pleasure finishes the record off with the wistful but tech-edged "Cloudspotting".