Review: The team at Naive have unearthed a real gemstone with this latest offering from Hassan Abou Alam, who explores futuristic electronic beats with techy influxes across five heart-warming originals. We begin with the steadily progressing electronic masterclass of the title track 'It Spills', which uses colourful acidic synth textures and a constantly evolving rhythmic base to give us something very refreshing indeed. Next, the distorted drum pressures and gnarly subs of 'Unkindled' give us a much different feel, followed by the clean breakbeat processing of 'Breathe' and harmonic bliss of 'Khamaseen'. Finally, 'All Used Up' sees us dive back into some acidic flavour as stuttering synth lines sit atop bright breaksy slices to see a wicked close to the project. Great work!
Review: Portuguese artist Violet and her Naive label presents this 17-track No Justice No Peace compilation in support of Black Live Matter while expression recognition of "the immeasurable debt we owe to the consistently brilliant black artists, black music, black arts and traditions." With 100% of proceeds from this compilation donated to anti-racist funds, No Justice No Peace presents a vast array of genres and styles that embrace house, techno, and breakbeats to more leftfield and ambient productions from Odete, Millia Rage & Purelink, and Luar Domatrix. Further highlights include Overland's "Nova Scotia", Russell E. L. Butler's "The Streets Aren't Empty, Their Hearts Full Of Heat" and Violet's own "Never L8". Full support.