Review: It's always an absolute pleasure to see a new Scuffed Recordings release land in the store, with this new entry being the fifth edition of their 'Scuffed Presents' compilation project, welcoming some of the most exciting and original names in electronic music through their doors. We begin with this acidic progression and metallic drum slaps of Awo Ojiji's 'Woozy', a super colourful creation, chased up by the instantly-recognizable synthesizer slides of 'Squelch', a rave-ready anthem from Doctor Nick. Next, Maya Q delivers a hardcore throwback with the powerful drum designs of 'Belief', seeing Dawn Razor's 'Dreamproof' put the final touches on the compilation with an impressive display of percussive stacking and subtle melodic juice.
Review: Next up from the Holding Hands team we see them unveil the second edition of their critically acclaimed 'Slow Jams' season, showcasing the most experimental breakbeat on the market. We begin with the genius of 'Breaka', who combines metallic, bouncy subs with junglist rhythms to create a real party starting anthem, followed by Guava's 'Outerbody Innerspace', an acidic experiment in groove. Next up, Lrds arrives with a lesson in drum processing and arrangement on the incredibly lively 'Quanda', before Dawn Razor delivers parts one and two of 'Be As One', an uber fusion between breaks, garage and techno, putting the finishing touches on an excellent selection.
Review: The RV Trax series make for the most personalised releases on R&S, with founder Renaat Vandepapeliere selecting tracks that he plays out. As "Archivolt" the contribution from B?rtaub demonstrates, he is clearly a fan of teased out, trippy minimal house in the style of Ricardo Villalobos. In stark contrast is Dawn Razor's "Acid Funk", a dense break beat number, with splurging acid lines insinuating itself into the funky beats. On Milesh's "Jedi Mind Design" Renaat covers territory similar to Dawn Razor, albeit with moody soundscapes and dramatic stabs unfolding over the funky rhythm. Finally, there's Izan Hesse's "Tinder Express", a searing, noisy stepper that could be a distant cousin of Neil Landstrumm's work around the time of Restaurant of Assassins.