Review: Interplanetary Criminal is one of the most in form artists of the moment. He is right at the sharp end of the garage revival and brings plenty of darkened jungle and breakbeat influences to his music once more here as he returns to Burnski's Instinct label. 'Dangerous' is a late night jam with aching vocals over warm, menacing bass and crisp drum work. 'Razor' is an old school two step throwback lit up by sci-fi effects and more pin point accurate drum programming and 'Gyaldem Dub' brings some MC rudeness, face melting bass and irresistible heaviness. 'Murder Sound' is another heavily London influenced ting to close out in style.
Review: We don't know what's been dripped into the punch over at Time Is Now HQ, but this recent run of new releases from them has been pretty special indeed. This fantastic new selection from Interplanetary Criminal is a perfect example that, kicking off with this clean drum drives and nostalgic chord lines of 'In My Arms' and breaks-influenced rhythmic persuasion of 'Momofuku'. The experimental side of this EP then begins to bubble to the surface, with 'Opulence' linking classic patois vocal samples with warbling subs and sharp drum processing, before the nostalgic chord stabs and LFO-lead basslines of 'Let Loose' give us another perspective on UKG right now. We then finish with Coco Bryce's thunderous rethink of 'In My Arms', drawing this epic body of work to a close.
Review: In its almost 10 year history Sneaker Social Club has brought us records from the likes of Horsepower Productions, Basic Rhythm, Filter Dredd, Appleblim to Bassclef, 2 Bad Mice and Seekersinternational. In 2020 Sneaker Social Club do their bit to add to the perpetual motion of what's sometimes known as the hardcore continuum via Evident Ware Pt 02. With the likes of Dead Man's Chest & Sonic's dusty and dubbed out "Sneaker Rhythm" included alongside find some future-bassline driven euphoria in Konx-Om-Pax's starry, vocal-laced "Shibuya Sunset (Hardcore mix)" it Anz's closing number that really takes us back to the early-'90s. More atmospheric, jungle vibes coming out of Horsepower Productions' "DREAMWITHINADREAM Pt 2", with some rough and tumble beats in SHD & Shed's "Drop", undeniable breaks and subbass from Soundbwoy Killah, with some touches of dub techno by Appleblim in "Limbic Riddim". New school, old school, always 'ardcore.
Review: Garage is back and bigger than ever before it would seem, which is why we were so thrilled to see this fabulous new compilation from the Time Is Now crew land, showcasing the perfect balance of new and old school creations. Interplanetary Criminal steps up first with the incredibly catchy vocal and riff work of 'Crazy', followed by the groovy chord plucks and sweeping subs of 'Someone' from Soul Mass Transit System. It all gets a bit rhythmically twisted next as Holloway delivers a fabulous 2-step masterclass with 'Wisemen', chased up by catchy vocal sampling and stripped back composition of 'Mercy' from Mainphase. Finally, Ollie Rant delivers an uplifting harmonic groove with 'Uptown' before we round off on 'Good Day', a slower creation from Wilfy D's catalogue, providing the perfect finale.
Review: Now is one the strongest periods in the history of UKG, at least over the last decade or so. The Time Is Now crew seem keen to get involved as they welcome Interplanetary Criminal inside for three wavy originals, kicking off with the nostalgic chord expressions and choppy breakbeat influxes of the wonderful 'Supreme Level'. Following this, we steer down a much more grunge route as 'Darkside' provides us with some sub-busting LFO warbles and classic 2-step rhythms, before the subtle yet potent subwork and minimal drum designs of 'The Way' rounds the EP off with a real dash of finesse for good measure.
Review: We are here gifted one hell of a selection as we are welcomed in to view the second edition of 'Of Paradise', a VA compilation showcasing some of the best new breakbeat and techy sounds out there right about now. Overall, the compilation is a solid mix and blend of genre types, from the smooth melodic chord bounces of Will Lister's 'Sky Stepping' all the way around to the more moogish, 80's synth-inspired switches of Low Tape's 'Blue Noise'. Other heaters include the super percussive 'Ingenue' from Eluize, along with the well rounded kick pulses of Dwell's 'Warped'. Vibrant stuff!
Review: As ever, we were super excited to dive into this latest helping from the Sneaker Social Club, who have championed the breaks sound to the maximum across this latest offering from Interplanetary Criminal. We kick off with the subtle drum slices and potent sub explosions of 'Tension', followed by the super original 4x4 breaks hybrid sound that is featured within the title track 'Sleepwalker'. Next, the pace slows dramatically as we enter the fluctuations and grizzly bass tones of 'Unfair', before the EP is finished up with a listen to the super clean 'Give', packed with weighty underlying sub flavours and incredibly well processed drum samples.