Review: The bright-light, groovy aesthetic of South Yard is back at the start of this year, so get out your Red Stripes and don ya wavey garms because Speaker Louis isn't messing around with this one. Two ragga-infused numbers are here for you, uplifting samples abound and suddenly it's not January - it's June, July and August and the sun is shining. This doesn't stop 'Lyrics Tactic' from coming out the blocks in a moody way, though, and neither does it stop 'Antifascist Jungle Music' from attempting to knock your hat off, and we appreciate the message as well. South Yard always manage to pull out the stops in a way that makes you nervously smile - this one is no different.
Review: It's not usual for drum & bass to lend itself to politics, but 6blocc and Daman have become so embedded in their cause that they've devised a charity release to support the International Solidarity Movement. Featuring samples of real "Free Palestine" chants and inspiring speeches from history, Daman's lyrics tell a story of why the cause means so much to them and what they feel could be done to help the suffering of thousands of innocent people caught up in the violence within the Middle East. All proceeds for "Free Palestine" will be donated to the International Solidarity Movement to aid displaced civilians in the area.