Review: Yes, yes! London's Alix Perez calls upon Fracture to land this latest collaboration on his own 1985 Music which, in our eyes, is one of the only last remaining meccas for true-school d&b with a forward-leaning edge. "Archetype" unleashes its sharp bass lasers over a slow-shifting, broken nu-jungle groove that sits somewhere in the vast landscape between dubstep and d&b. The tune will work like a charm for all those jungle heads looking to add a little flavor and pace to their DJ sets. Master-blaster type gear!
Review: One of drum & bass' most talent breaksmiths makes a return to 1985 with his second EP on the label, and boy is it a banger. Velocity touches upon the breadth of styles we've come to expect from Fracture, as 'Shada Shada' lopes along with effortless groove and sophisticated bashment flow and Nah Eto puts on a shockingly good performance in the vocal layer. 'Avian' is more considered drum & bass spaciness, with celestial synth nodes and a breezy atmosphere that reminds us of Exit Records. 'Latee Killer' is the slammer of the bunch, with off-kilter drum work and a might kick drum that'll follow you into your sleep, and 'Biscotti' is a stab-laden, frantic roller with plenty of attitude. Big ups.
Review: Fire bun! Fracture continues spreading the most positive of vibrations with "Unite". Hot on the heels of his "Big Up The Ladies" EP on his own Astrophonica, he links up with the 1985 crew with four more absolute heaters. "Give Me Love" brings Fox into the fray to remind us why he's one of the UK's best melodic MCs over a freshly sharpened jungle riddim, "Feel 4 U" raises the spine-tingles with its rave pads while lowering your centre of gravity with its bashy beats and gutter-slopping bass shreds, "Realise" sees 1985 bossman Perez get mucky in the dark grumpy rolling mix while "Brothers & Sisters" taps back into the more techno-inspired aesthetics Fracture's been exploring lately. Imagine if Fracture was commentating a boxing match between Altern-8 and Rockwell down a dark alley and you're playing the right sport. Peace, love and "Unite"-y.
Review: Fracture's uttered many a word of wisdom over the years, but this is perhaps his clearest manifesto to date: "Big Up The Ladies" is a schizoid rave jam with more twists than a wook's hairline and more turns than a driving test. It sets the tone for the rest of the exceptional EP; "Percussion Street" is a total turbo Berghain power jam, all vicious 4/4s and outrageously sharp stabs, "Verhoeven" is a slamming breakbeat cut with a bassline like treacle while "Sci-Fi Tramp" pays homage to your dad with more stampy kicks and a menacing sense of techno grunt. Outstanding stuff, as ever from Astrophonica's commander in chief.
Review: Things don't get much better than dBridge's Exit Records and long-time collaborator Fracture is back on the imprint for a technically outstanding and creatively remarkable piece of dance music. We haven't tied it to a single genre on purpose, because from the outset this releasee is too diverse to be pigeonholed. 'Soudboy Get Nervous' is a stuttering, loping cut backed up against an urban soundscape of warbling basses and pointed synth jangles. 'Turbo Toms' is almost a hardcore cut yet possesses a certain uniqueness in the monotony and repetition, it's different in a way that's hard to put your finger on, as is 'Makes Me Wonder', a more recognisably D&B cut with a pulsating back end. To finish, Fracture has chucked in 'No Screwface', an almost ambient jungle slice that steps over into juke boundaries as much as it makes you smile. Top, top quality release.
Review: Whistle crew! Horn crew! Astrophonica crew! Whichever crew you find yourself entrenched in, "Take You" is tailor made for you personally. Piano-smashing, Italo-house riffing, hardcore-rinsing, it's the Astro bossman at his most positive and rave-evangelical. "Northbound Spiral" takes us deeper down the 1990 rabbit hole with a darkstyle energy, nagging riffy insistency and some brilliantly loose off-grid drum energy. Hardcore - you know the score.
Review: Fracture's entrenchment in the rave foundations reaches a new depth as he revisits The Skeleton Krew's 1992 hardcore classic "Luv Ta Luv Ya". Retaining all the messy majesty of the original while ensuring it's ballsy and muscular enough for today's D&B dancefloor, it's yet another flashback without the unnecessary additional OTT production guff many old school updates have to suffer. Pure futuristic nostalgia.
Review: Last seen on Exit back in 2012 with the excellent Get Busy drop, Charlie 'Fracture' Fieber returns to the label and shows off his Loving Touch on an EP that really ups the production ante. Centre stage here is undoubtedly the title track which looks to two eras of Chicago for inspiration, skilfully borrowing (officially no less) from Ralph Rosario's Chicago House classic "You Used To Hold Me", and rebooting it to a 160bpm footwork flex which retains some UK bassweight and elements of Fracture's own D&B roots. From here Fracture drops a carnival classic in the making in the shape of Machinedrum favourite "Werk It", collaborates with Sam Binga on the 808 club burner "Grippin' Grain" (apparently conceived during a wicked hangover) and ends on a decidedly rude note with the junglist breaks n bass line business of "Overload".
Review: Fracture create some of the most experimental drum and bass out there, so bringing forward their dancehall-eclectic-inspired sounds with the help of Mancunian producer Chimpo was only going to create disturbances of the best kind within the scene. "From Early" takes the Fracture dancehall sound to the next level but it's in "Hard Food" that the rave and hardcore madness kicks in and things start getting a little wavy from there on in. To tidy up, "From Early" gets a reduction mix from Fracture, stripping back the shimmying and getting right down to the bare, bassy bones. A legendary collaboration in the making.
Review: What more can you ask for when it comes to half time link ups? For this saucy little number are thrilled to see a top quality link up between Fracture & Sam Binga, who combines their incredibly precise production styles to deliver a top quality two track creation on Astrophonica. The A-side takes the title 'On Right Now' and boy is it it a party starter. We are greeted by stunning synthetic arpeggio lines which glisten away above sizzling sub textures and flicking hi hat patterns to bring us a fabulous bag of grooves. On the flip-side, 'Chessington' delivers a secondary punch, built around a much more jungle-inspired set of rhythms, this one boasts meaty sub lines and a cheeky selection of melodic inputs, making it the perfect energy injection for any selection!