Review: Whenever the Hooversound tag appears in the store, we know that realistically we are in for somewhat of a treat as they never seem to miss. This time around, Drumskull arrives in typically brisk fashion, giving us a powerful opening project for 2023. We begin with a dip into the euphoric arpeggio action and clunking breaksy grooves of 'Muscle Memory' a vibrant roller, stuffed to the brim with stuttering drum shakes. The party continues to roll as 'Recovered Artefacts' ups the pace with a much more hardcore influenced set of drum designs, giving us a thunderous display that will cause quite a large amount of damage across many a dancefloor. The vibe then shifts dramatically as Lone arrives for the project's first remix, giving 'Muscle Memory' a military-esc switch up, combining shimmering metallic reverses with jungle-like drums. Finally, 'LMajor' gives us a complete overhaul of 'Recovered Artefacts', sending us down a grimey avenue with a rave-infused 140 rethink. Very tasty stuff!
Review: Following some great releases by Kamiokande and Rawtrachs, Manchester-based imprint Torre returns this week with a solid various artists compilation. Attack / Decay / Sustain Volume. 02 features proper UK underground flava, such as by old-school hardcore legend Justice who opens up with the previously unreleased track "Rude Boy Movements", West Norwood Cassette Library also appears with the stomping house workout of "Wanna Rock, Amaretto's classic jungle deconstruction "Itch" had us impressed, as did Denham Audio's emotive drum 'n' bass roller "Sound Boy Shut Up".