Review: The next instalment of perky, upbeat, feel-good D&B from Liquid Brilliants arrives, with Bass Division and Alex DB teaming up for the first track of the Brazilian Brilliants EP - "The Scape", a shimmying slice of goodness, full of chirruping SFX, rallying vocal cries and punchy jazz-infused pressure. "Concrete Jungle" sees Mayforms harking back to yesteryear with skittering percussive breaks, woozy atmospherics and a lonely guitar string throughout. "Good Troughts Good Things" ups the ante with tough drum work and lilting melodies, before lush atmospheric roller "Nothing You Can Do" concludes the EP.
Review: Following releases on the likes of Overview and Delta9, Austrian deepsmith Division makes his debut with super on-point crew Pick N Mix. Proper tunnel vision business, if you know Division's sound you'll already have an idea of how hypnotic and immersive these will be. Five originals, one remix, all killer - highlights include the scattergun kicks and flabby subs of "Complication", the graveyard aesthetic of "Step In" and that purring cavernous sub on his Master Error co-lab "Possession". United we stand, Division we fall in love with...
Review: How do you make banging techno sound interesting? If you're Greek producer Emmanuel, then you take a leaf from late 90s house music to turn the drummy, clap-heavy techno of "Profile" into a filtered affair. Like DJ Sneak or Daft Punk beefed up on steroids, "Profile" is subjected to more panning than the average river in the Wild West during the gold rush. Abstract Division also takes an unexpected approach on "Inducement", lacing his percussive track with frequency-shifting bleeps. However, if you're in search of some good old-fashioned banging techno, don't fear because that's also available here courtesy of contributions from VSK and Re: Axis & Scalameriya.
Review: Grid Division is all about the party breaks, nothing fancy (expect when it comes to turntablist skills of course!) and this latest release is a perfect example of what to expect form this artist in general. "Fish Taco" mixes 70s wah-wah funk and soul with 80s style go-go beats for maximum hands-in-the-air fun. Elsewhere "Slapjack!" is a veritable orgy of retro slap bass freakiness and "Get Up" is cut up and choppy boogie at its finest. My Pet Monster also contributes to two cuts: the tough and breaky "In Da House" and the blues guitar-led dance-rocker "Dip Stick". Cool stuff!