Review: The Hungarian Neurofunk outpost that is Eatbrain are back with their latest satanic offering and no, it's not a goat or a small, innocent child. Instead, it's a three-track EP from regular Eatbrain staples Gancher & Ruin and their sound is even bigger than we remember, the release also including a feature from label founder Jade. 'Reflection' is that track and it's four minutes of snarling basses and twisting sub-lines which burst out the stocks with ferocious speed, underpinned by the frenetic sounds of neurofunk drum work. 'Unlimited' is another highlight, it's pitched-up synths fill the top of the range in a lovely contrast with its subsequent diving, mutated low end. Another top release from the Eatbrain crew.
Review: It could be argued that Jade was one of the unheralded underground heroes of 2015. The Canadian DJ/producer released a number of notable tracks, including appearances on Dilate Records and No. 19 Music. Here she returns to the latter with another trio of woozy, shuffling, tech-tinged, late night house grooves. There's a surprisingly fluid feel about the pitched-down vocal samples, smooth bass and hypnotic, one-note riff of "Process S", while "Process C" is notably darker and a little more intense (even if it does retain a similarly powdery wooziness). Best of all, though, is "Deep Thoughts", a crackling, shuffling chunk of deep tech-house that benefits greatly from additional percussive hits and druggy melodies.
Review: Newsflash! Eatbrain bossman Jade isn't actually a human. But then we kinda suspected this already. The level of his obscene production, the dark aesthetic of his label, the absolute skin-scorching fire of the bassline right here. Yeah, we knew Jade was some type of mechanical automaton but we just didn't want to admit it to ourselves. Absolutely machine soul grit from a truly unique man/machine; let's see what this one-tracker leads to...
Review: The machine has awoken! Eatbrain bossguy Jade returns with four more woke wallopers. The title track says it all; stripped back and slippery, it's a meaner, more minimal rampage from the untouchable neuro king that's followed by an absolute riot of a jam in the form of "Highlander". Co-created with fellow bass terroriser State Of Mind, it's a savage shock to the sense with its layers of menacing psy-textures. Elsewhere the experience is complemented by the warped synth and dense pressure of "Not Safe" before we're eaten alive by "Man Eating Lizard Dragon". Spitting fire at a devilish 150 BPM, this is a whole new side to the machine we've not witnessed before.
Review: US based Ammunition Recordings roll out the big guns for their next outing and it's an all out aural onslaught. First up, former Moving Shadow producer Jade teams up with Mastif on "Hyperion", an energetic slab of future funk which will slay all-comers with its nasty bass and pounding drums. Russian beatsmith Engage takes the reins on "Overbreaker" which keeps up the pressure with sledgehammer beats and killer synth stabs. This is D&B at its very gnarliest.
Review: London native Jade Cox's reputation has been growing steadily since she made her production debut on Robsoul Recordings in 2013, and this latest EP for Nail's 89Ghost label isn't likely to do it any harm. HateLate collab 'Rush' is an eyes-down chugger from the Sneak/Carter school topped with jaunty, jazzy keys, 'Get Up' takes filter disco deeper than ever, 'Night River' ain't nothin' but a groove while finally 'Things I Said' plays us out with slightly tuffer beats and some gloriously chipmunk'd fem vox. The likes of Sneak, Phil Weeks and DJ Heather are all fans, so if you dig quality, classic-style house music, get acquainted!
Review: Deep house and disco collide on this four-track sampler EP from long-running French stable Robsoul. Jade Cox gets the ball rolling in funked-up disco-house fashion, looping up a female "dancing with my eyes, realise" vocal snippet atop a phat bassline and funk guitar chops. Paul Najero & Jr Quijada's 'Go Dancing' also channels late 90s filter disco - and is a surprisingly uptempo offering from a duo known for very deep grooves - before we take a left turn into warm, chunky deep house territory with Max Hebert's 'Push The Button'. Calabasa's 'Catching Wesley' then plays us out on a slightly more organic-sounding funk tip, albeit still with nice crunchy 4/4s in place to drive it along.