Review: Modern Ruin feels like the perfect location for Homesick's twisted, dub-filtered, strain of footwork and these four smoking guns are the perfect thing to turn your Saturday night from fun to a little nuts. "Environment Standards" uses a sort of acid house, big piano approach in its groove, while Carnivore VIP is a juke reinvention of jungle, where breaks fly around loosely in a sea of percussion and sonics. "VIP Rave" is the craziest of them all, with a broken bass drum rhythm guiding sinister melodies forwards; Sinistarr Ravegod's remix of the same tune is similarly jagged but here the artist injects a new, more violent flavour of bass.
Review: Alberta, Canada's Homesick has appeared previously on Philthtrax, Phyla and Ground Mass Music and is back on Philadelphia's Seclusiasis. The label run by Starkey and Dev79 and has previously fronted up with Knight Riderz, Rusko, NastyNasty and Murderbot to name but a few. On the Legendary EP it's certainly a wonky and street level affair from this fledgling producer. He starts off with the deconstructed drum and bass of "Our Storm" which transforms the UK street sound into a warped footwork affair. It's more of a grimey dubstep affair on the rather brooding ghetto technics of "Legendary", while "Don't Look In The Trunk" again takes to creating a fresh rendition on British underground music, tearing apart the retro sound of jungle from yesteryear and starting again, rather convincingly.
Review: With the enormous influx of juke and footwork releases we are starting to see hit our shelves, it is seriously important for producers to stay ahead of the curb if they wish to not get lost in the crowd. That is exactly what Homesick does here as he touches down on Worst Behavior with an acidic reesey fusion of a composition entitled '1800AREYOUSLAPPIN'. This one is as unique as they come, with elements of breaks sewn throughout the fabric of the arrangement, a theme which Sinistarr Hotline expands upon drastically during his top notch remix which is also included.
Review: The London-based Modern Ruin Records label arrives with a mission statement to showcase some of the most talented and innovative artists making moves on the juke and footwork scenes around the world, and the label's first EP gets things off to an incredibly strong start. Pawn kicks off with "Do U", a dancefloor destroyer melding footwork textures with punishing D&B-influenced rhythms and bass, while The Renegades' "The Warmup" offers a jazzier number which places deft amen breaks throughout. On the flip, Sideswipe's "Be With U" offers a gospel-influenced, funky take on footwork with its vintage sample, but it's Vorres' "One Of These Old Days" that takes the crown, with delicate 808 rhythms fluttering across more soulful vocals. Essential stuff from a label to watch.
Review: It's safe to say that the Vandal LTD founders: SKS & Redeyes have certainly done themselves proud on this one as the label brings us the goliath Grand Royal LP. This selection is fantastic, incorporating everything from experimental hip hop to juke to the furthest borders drum & bass can find classification. The whole project just breathes originality, particularly on tracks such as 'Explicit' by NGHT DRPS, which is a very creative half time jungle roller. Another pair of instant favourites are Alerstorm's 'Bak' and 'Zero Caliber' from Balatron, both of which ooze electronic creativity and sound design prowess. This compilation is a phenomenal body of work from start to finish.