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: It's another all-out wide-armed creative assault from the dedicated beat crafters at White Peach. Uniting old friends and new, each cut reminds us why the label is top of grime's fruit bowl. Eva808 polishes up the strings for a moment of subversive cinematica, Gundam's "Swordplay" takes us deep into Samurai territory, and longstanding Peacher Zha gets his paws on a sitar and snaps the instrument into pieces while Nakes's "Axe Riddim" juxtaposes eastern strings with a collection of precision tuned wood blocks. Innovative and forward-thinking... These peaches will never go mouldy.
Review: The talented young Gundam finally gets his own release after a string of collaborations, and it comes through the Goon Club Allstars label. Fittingly, this is some high-powered bass gear, and "Intimate" couldn't be more of a hybrid track, where fluttering swarms of stop-start drums collide with choppy vocal samples and sporadic hits of low frequencies. "Too Late" is similar in its approach, except that here the sounds are gentler, bringing through more of an r&b feel that sits just right with us and is bound to go down a storm with the UK funky fans.
Review: Although its name and type font suggest that its music ought to be showered in '70s disco glitter and flared jeans, Bristol's Durkle Disco actually deals in militant bass sketches by a wide spectrum of young talent from around the globe. As they usually do, Durkle have put together a compilation, except that this latest one represents more of a house flavour compared to some of their recent outings. The opener "Armed" by Body Trouble is actually a seriously fitting piece of stutter house to what unfolds further on in the release; you should check out Unkey's broken garage on "Pho Par", the gorgeous neobass swirls of "Broken" by Jubley, and Lamont's house grime in the string-led "Other Side".