Review: Previously spotted on labels such as Diffrent and Sweetbox, and championed by the likes of Om Unit, and Dub Phizix, UK dubsmith Crypticz makes his 31 debut with four expertly crafted sub joints that sparkle and rumble with all the right dub elements. "Echo Sound" is all about the big nodding groove and crafty delay wizardry, "MTD" adds more jungle into the mix with a pacier kick dynamic and strange alien effects leading the groove. "20" takes us right down into the slimy-walled dungeon for a slo-mo stomp in the stankiest of sub sludge while "Rhymes" brings us to an almighty show-stopping finale as it ignites with a slow burning kick that builds into a transcendental whoosh of sonics and dynamics. Crypticz is going places, there's no doubt about it.
Review: ITOA's endless stream of quality bass music ranges from the footwork school of thought to the utterly dubbed-out stepperz style. He's up on Beat Machine this time, and it looks like he's decided to stop somewhere in the middle, offering "Strange Attractor" as the lead tune, a fast-moving, jungle-fuelled frenzy that really turns the whole hardcore continuum on its head. There's a remix from Sully, and this one is a jungle pure-breed, shooting off all of its percussive fury into a dark, break-heavy groove that'll get the heads nodding.
Review: Damn fine footwork fusion from Alex Godoy on the increasingly-dependable Roots & Future imprint. Both "PAYGK" and "Run Rings" are all about the jungle roughage with their loose, clattering drums, tight edits and mid 90s Reinforced vibes. "Blabbermouth" takes us much deeper into the juke/grime/halftime realm with MC vox, strange rising percussion and an overall trippy vibe that you could imagine Dub Phizix or Fracture playing while "Haunt U" closes the show on a creepy minimal tip that's not dissimilar to Rockwell. Spotless.
Review: Alex Godoy has only been making music under the Itoa moniker for a few years, but his own strand of wonky, experimental footwork has caught our ear since his first release on the WW imprint. This time he touches down on Modern Ruin with two-tracker backed by a three-legged remix artillery. "Darline" is a dark and ominous stepper with fast-moving drum typhoons, and "Clap Tone" is a broken arrangement of, well, claps and toms - another wonderfully bouncing floor bomb. The reworks come TS Rapman on "Darline", who twists up the groove to its very limits, while Sun People and Crypticz go for "Clap Tone", the former adding a nice sci-fi layer, and the latter slowing things down to a murky, muddy substance.