Review: First surfacing on blog come digi label Discobelle, last year saw "Brighton based producer of techno" Guy Andrews (as his Discogs succinctly states) reach a much wider audience with a succession of releases on Hemlock and Hotflush that saw him dabble in various techy and bass flavoured shades of the genre. The four track Annum EP for the FINA label sees Andrews drop the tempo slightly to show off his skills at applying his style to contemporary deep house. Draped in airy reverb, the synths and bass of "Divide" cajole and caress each other into a forlorn and momentous climax, while the appropriately titled and progressive "7AM" introduces tubular and new-age percussion for something equally euphoric. The virtual B-side sees Andrews continue with the inspiring synths that define the EP, while grounding the record with grittiness across "Fixture" and "Tapes".
Review: Already much-fancied and feted by those in the know, Brighton producer Guy Andrews drops this debut EP for Discobelle and it's a feast of slow acid-meets-UKF treats. Title tune "Your Notion" is a confident opener, mixing slowly shifting acid gurgles with precise and sharp UKF/future-garage drums, while "Klikkr" breaks out with the 808 hats and adds some tribal percussion that nestles perfectly up against rounded bass hits. "Unita" notches up the BPMs slightly and feeds warped pianos through a phalanx of reverbs and delays over a driving bassline, while closing tune "Exit" plays with Balearic textures whilst all the while keeping a distinctly vital, funky crunch to the beats.
Review: Known for his releases on Hemlock and Scuba's Hotflush, Guy Andrews now brings his production skills to Penny Royal. "Ambient Track" isn't reflective of its title and instead of lush, beat-less soundscapes, the Brighton producer drops a filtered drum track that builds with hydraulic perfection before tapering off into a hushed break down (maybe that's where the 'ambient' part comes from). There is no such ambiguity on "Experiment 02". Reaching the upper limits of techno pace - bordering on hardcore tempos - it's a shrieking, howling workout that sounds like a thousand dentist's drills all attacking the same unfortunate mouth simultaneously.
Review: From his breakthrough on Hemlock through to releases on Hotflush and more recently Fina and Pennyroyal, Brighton-based producer Guy Andrews hit the ground running and seems to show no signs of slowing up with this dramatic beast of a release for Houndstooth. Considering it is only comprised of two tracks, this release manages to make a deafening impact not least thanks to the compelling power of Andrews' compositions. With a nod to the post rock quarter as well as a recognition of Throwing Snow's penchant for windswept bombast, both "In Autumn Arms" and "Let Your Shadow Decide" move with mighty orchestral brush strokes far beyond mere club-based concerns.
Review: Guy Andrews is one of those artists who is always in a state of flux. Never shy to reinvent himself or to try his hand at new genres, he has produced abrasive levels of bass music for respected labels such as Hotflush, Hemlock Recordings, and now Fabric's killer Houndstooth stable. Our Spaces is as lean, mean and hazardous as all of his previous releases, except that Andrews has the space to explore here, to develop his steely strains of percussion into more daring and explorative rhythms that often verge on the cinematic. The majority of the work, however, is made up of penetrating club grooves that has the propensity to blow speakers out, and knock down just about anything that stands in front of them. If you're a fan of gear on Hessle Audio, than this should not go amiss.
Review: The debut album Guy Andrews released on Houndstooth earlier this year was a fine addition to the fabric-affiliated label, snuggling in alongside the likes of Marquis Hawkes, Vester Koza, Special Request and Aisha Devi. Given the sheer scope explored by Andrews on Our Spaces, there is plenty of room for creative reinvention so it's no surprise to see Houndstooth slip out this accompanying remix package. Andrews himself provides two VIP takes, apparently informed by the reaction he's met to performing live in recent months with the results all the more overpowering on "Higher Waters VIP" in particular. Complementing this, Max Cooper recalls the era of vintage IDM on his remix of "In Autumn Arms" with Ben Pearce opting for a more proggy 4/4 take.
Review: To celebrate four years of releases, Hemlock, the label run by Untold and Jack Dunning presents Chapter One, a collection of label highlights and unreleased exclusives. Moving through the glittery funk-leaning post-dubstep of Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie and James Blake, through techno contributions from Sei A, Randomer and Guy Andrews, and bass hybrids from Pangaea and Joe, the selections on offer demonstrate why Hemlock has been ahead of the game since its inception. As well as the individual tracks, a continuous mix is also on offer, joining the dots between their diverse releases with style.
Review: What else could Houndstooth do for their three year anniversary, apart from releasing a jam-packed compilation of goodness by its best and brightest? The simple answer - nothing. This is preachily what were were hoping for form the Fabric-run label, and we're graced with new bangers by everyone from Call Super, to Marquis Hakwkes, Special Request, and Snow Ghosts, among others. As expected, this is a scintillating mix of nu-school house and techno, the sort of stuff that breaks boundaries and recompiles them out of thin air. It's obviously release of the week from us, and it probably marks the best best digital to come out of February 2016 in terms of cutting-edge dance. Recommended, all of it.