Review: Breaking through the surface last year with a sweet run of releases via the likes of E-Beamz, Sneaker Social Club and Lobster Theremin, the Sheffield three-piece Denham Audio return to the latter with another five-track missive: Transcendence. Taking in the slightest of bleep references atop a jungle groove and soundboy lyrics is "Run Da Ting", get a second bite out of something similar (only graced by rave) in "Retort". Its lead track "Transcendence (feat 7ip7o3)" sees a lo-fi, trippy and drum and bass sound flirt with vocals and textures that evoke imagery from the film Lost in Translation, while for something retro, housier and garage tipped its all about "Top Boy" and "Club Culture".
Review: The Denham Audio team have been in incredible form of late, dropping a tonne of heavyweight releases with the latest in that run being this potent three track selection on the fabulous Sneaker Social Club. Their unique approach to future-breaks is made very clear right from the off as 'Top Buzz' delivers a vibrant shake up of percussive precision and overpowering sub pressure, before the more choppy slicing of 'Rubadub' gives us a more heads down, subs up experiment. Finally, to finish off we see Borai get involved with the party on 'Pocari Sweat', a euphoric breakbeat masterclass, sampling heavily reverberated chord lines for that dash of nostalgia we all love.
Review: What a compilation we have here as the wonderful Killer Smile invite some of the most exciting faces in new school breaks together for a sumptuous four-tracker to launch the new 'Faces' series. This first volume opens up with Manix supplying the party flavour on 'The Feeling', a breathy throwback to the nineties with nostalgic chord progressions and chunky breakbeat design, before Foul Play mellows the mood with his more melancholic design within 'Black Sun', remixed exclusives for us here by Skeleton Army. Next up, the party takes a lively twist as Denham Audio arrives with 'Mercury Tint', a groovy entanglement of clean drum processing and big room subs, before the high tempo snare rolls and euphoric synth melodies of Mani Festo's 'Spiral' see us out in style. What a drop!
Review: For this latest outing from the E-Beamz team, we see them welcome the combined powers of Denham Audio & Borai for a seriously heavy breakbeat adventure, kicking off with the relentless rhythms and scattered ditherings of 'Skrrrrt'. Next, we dive into the techier stylings of 'Oldboy', before the phasing synthesizer lines of 'Euphoria' and cloudy atmospheric pads of 'Intraleks' move into play. Finally, we engage with the shimmering chord movements and bouncy rhythmic layout of the title track 'Clouds Across The Stars', bringing a very well laid out EP full circle. Excellent work!
Review: Nu-dubstep spcialist Durkham Audio returns to Durkle Disco with some grimey disco-leaning vibes that blend just about all of the UK's best and more cut-throat sounds. "Masta Blastah" is a dirty, broken arrangement of hefty bass, stripped-back percussion, and bashment vocals, served to you on one fat groove! There's remixes, too, with Caski, Bromley and Mani Festo all dropping their own, bass-heavy, reinterpretations. Killah style!
Review: 18 months have passed since Bristol beatcamp Durkle Disco last compiled a "Definitions" EP. Once again the quality and levels of talent are high as Boycott busses up the best dynamics of trap, grime and dubstep for a lean, mean slaying machine they call "HK '87", Daffy & Gundam's "Bio Schematics" continues the stripped back prangish tones Durkle have made their signature with the equally alarming "Bio Schematics". Deeper into the EP we hit purring 808 soul from Denham Audio before getting the chop from Unkey on the icy stepper "Karate Club". Black belt business.
Review: Tessier Ashpool is label mainstay Liar's "boutique label, focusing on technical rigour & precision, synergistic structure, and a sci-fi heritage". And according to their own PR "we are proud to showcase four new rising stars that have wisely aligned themselves under the Tessier-Ashpool banner". Starting out with the lush ambience of TryTryDieDown's "Romance Guise" they're then straight into the tough stuff with Rejig's absolutely brutal "Agility Test" an expedition in future-bass-industrial crossover. Sheffield trio Denham Audio deliver some dusty breaks that sound like early 90's UK hardcore on the wrong vinyl speed; this one's wicked! Finally "Ricochet" by Malaysian bass exorcist Moslem Priest is another tough as nails experiment in low-end therapy that will throw you against the wall with its intensity.
Review: When it comes to high-powered, contemporary post-dubstep - if there even is such a thing - Denham Audio is one of the finest in the game. This new EP on Heretic is probably amongst his best work, and the opener "Undulate" is pretty much all you need to be sold; it's mean fist of a groove is wrapped so tightly around the bassline that they sound inseparable. "Fractal itself is deeper, more swollen and a bit of a corner-dweller kind of lick, while "Phalanx" strides onto house territories with its 4/4 beat and pounding groove. Dirty remixes to boot from Silas & Snare, and Cloaka & Boxwork - nasty!