Review: Level up. Hexa follows the likes of Skantia, Nectax and Scudd, young Hexa adds another layer to the north east's thriving drum & bass scene. And he's doing it across the board with styles ranging from groaning elasticated rollers ("Level 1") to skank-packed halftime wobblers ("Lebanon") via trippy farty little steppers like "Narcos" and the gritty revved up number with Incurzion's Caaza "Feelin'". A sharp combination of new talent and future-focused sounds, both Newcastle and Cardiff are denting the map right here.
Twintone & Floating Point - "Riviera" - (6:17) 175 BPM
Twintone - "Cave Paintings" - (4:48) 174 BPM
Twintone - "Ocean Drive" - (6:35) 175 BPM
Review: Representing Frankfurt, Soul Brother Twintone steps up to SDD with five touching compositions fine-tuned for late night roll-outs. "Riviera" and "Buzzkill" are hurricanes of soul blown from the iciest galaxy as breezy pads do the sci-fi thing with the perfect levels of emotion. "Dakota" is a unique funk exercise with some great late 90s feels to the double bass and all-round brushed drum jazz aesthetic while "Cave Paintings" maintains the jazz spirit but with more of a Latin feel to the groove and momentum. Finally "Ocean Drive" signs off with a rushed out vocal texture, humming subs and a subtle melody in the percussion. Tingles.
Review: Hexa is landing on the always consistent Pick N Mix with a full-length LP for your ears. 10 tracks long, Point of Contact blends more rolling and melodic sounds with the groaning, jump-up influenced bits that we know well from both him and the label. 'Magento' features the always good Sydney and it packs fantastic drum work, with snapping snares interlocked with shakers and big kicks to propel the vocals and bass onwards. 'The Korubo Tribe' is more massive and made for the dancefloor and it's in this area that the LP excels, especially alongside tunes like 'Cosmos' and 'Point of Contact'. Wicked.