Review: If you're interested in finding out where underground house has evolved to, you could do worse than checking the latest release from DrumTalk. By turns bouncy and funky, abstract and extreme, it moves through many moods and tones, often in the course of the same track. "Halo" starts off with shuffling drums and a stepping rhythm before veering into icy chords and acidic licks. "Euphonia" channels chiming house bells and fuses them with a storming techno rhythm, while "Everything" balances the belligerent sub-bass with a cut-up rhythm. Best of all though is "Ishtar", a soupy combination of glitchy percussion, broken down beats and a molten lava bassline.
Review: Nightmares On Wax relaunched DMC's 'Back To Mine' series after a 10-year absence in January, and now next to slide into the selector's hot seat are chart-bothering pop/indie-dance duo Jungle. They've curated an impressively varied selection of downtempo grooves that runs the gamut from the contemporary jazz of Kamaal Williams and Mansur Brown to the psych-pop of LA hopefuls The Marias, the Balearic disco of Admin's 'Space Cadet', the lo-fi George Harrison vibes of Paul Cherry's 'Like Yesterday', the deep tropical house of DrumTalk's 'Red Haze' and the sunny Afro-funk of Inflo's 'No Fear'. A whimsical, engaging collection that's best served whole for maximum effect.