Review: Homemade Weapons has to be one of the most criminally underrated producers around. His knack for creating incredibly unique jungle music is honestly unrivalled and some of his more popular competitors could certainly learn a lot from him about to construct, deconstruct and recreate a vibrant breaks-based piece of music. This is his album and it's a perfect representation of what we're on about: nothing feels the same, the use of space is superb and there's a constant gnawing doubt about where the music is going and what it means. It's atmospheric, rooted in the dancefloor and gently passionate all at the same time. Make sure you cop this one.
Last Life - "The Worst Awakening" - (6:18) 170 BPM
Estereo - "LV426" - (4:48) 57 BPM
Calibre - "Snoopers Dub" - (6:24) 172 BPM
Antagonist - "Below" - (7:29) 172 BPM
Homemade Weapons & Torn - "Spectre" - (6:12) 170 BPM
Artilect - "System Of Fear" - (6:04) 170 BPM
Torn - "Unjustified Expectations" - (7:57) 170 BPM
Homemade Weapons & Last Life - "Lahar" - (6:41) 57 BPM
Review: Berlin's own Samurai Music imprint has been holding its own across futuristic drum & bass and tech releases for what feels like a long time, consistently delivering high quality releases and eye opening compositions. With this in mind we were thrilled to see the second edition of their 'Samurai Music Decade' project hit out shelves. For us the immediate highlights on this one have to take into account Calibre's monstrous halftime excursion in 'Snoopers Dub', along with the vibrant percussive drives of 'Khans Of Takir' from Shiken Hanzo and the futuristic techno flavourings of Sam KDC's 'Locus'.
Review: His first fresh material to land since his powerful debut LP document Negative Space, Homemade Weapons returns to Samurai with four more outstanding 23rd century jungle compositions. "Heiress" impresses instantly with jittering breaks, scorching textures and molten reese basses. "Street Cleaner" is a rifle-like militant drum assault while "Pyrosome" rattles with an unusually funky shuffle for the Canadian artist, hitting in a way that's not dissimilar to Paradox. Finally "Nabilone" rounds off with a brutal fusion of breaks, spliced savagely over densely pressurised atmospheres. This heiress's throne awaits....
Review: One of the most innovative drum & bass albums of 2016 gets the all-essential remix-treatment, Samurai-style. Mr Weapons himself takes the lead with an amenised Rupture-ist jungle twist of "Tidal Tack", Ancestral Voices whips up a spellbinding wall of sound experience on "Spasmolytic" while The Untouchables switch out the rifle like breaks of "Killing Moon" for gallons of slimy dubspace. Finally Sam KDC turns "Echoes" inside out to reveal a dark, droning techno mutant. Negative space: the final frontier.
Review: Topping off an incredible year in which he's launched his own label (Weaponry) and delivered three EP troves of deep drum darkness, Seattle's Homemade Weapons presents his debut album Negative Space. Followers of his disarming, physical, rolling sub-heavy sound will know exactly how important this is: the flurried amen crashes of opener "Hawkeye", the cavernous ricochet rhythm shots of "Retina", the heavily pressurised space station pads, micro-traces of jazz and busted drum fury of "Conduit", the gurgling Doc Scott style drones and sense-blurring space between the drums on "Red Herring". Homemade Weapons has captured his stark signature with slick, subtle detail and created a document that compounds everything we've suspected since he emerged in 2011.
Review: Whether this Seattle born producer is going to get you get hauled in front of Scotland Yard's top surveillance syndicate for Googling his name or not, the potential kerfuffle is probably worth the risk. A pristine blend of dusty vintage amens and crisp, on point production leaves other producers biting their fists and dancefloors packed. It's no wonder so many have converted to his unconventional dark drum and bass over the past couple of years. You won't know you want this until you hear it. From then on, there's no turning back. You've been warned.
Review: Seattle might be a city famous for grunge, rain and coffee, but Quadrant, Kid Hops and Iris are hoping to place it firmly on the map for chilling, glacial liquid funk too. Forgoing the usual sun 'n' sea atmospherics for an altogether more Baltic feel, "Solar Wind" tweaks electronic chimes and cirrus-light sampling into an icy cold roller Enei would be proud of. Newcomers Lukeino and Homemade Weapons collab with Quadrant on "Mayday", as light synths circle above a crevasse of deep, cavernous bass. Cinematic and fresh with unique elements of crisp production and breakbeat influences, its got our seal of approval.