Review: UK's James Jacob is Jakwob and presents Feel Good for Tiga's Turbo Recordings after a series of recordings for his own Boom Ting imprint. The title track is some raw jacking and melodic house in the vein of Man Without A Clue or Dusky. He then enlists a bit of help from... well, Hilfe, on "Excuse" which is more minimal and tracky; a great DJ tool this one and reminiscent of early Green Velvet. He goes for some dark and booming bass flavour that gives away his UK roots on "Skup" while fellow Turbo alumnus Trace7000 turns in a killer remix of "Feel So Good" which is an adrenalised late night trip if we've ever heard one.
Review: James Edward Jacob came out of the dubstep scene, but the London based producer has since been quite diverse within his sound, releasing records via Shy FX's Digital Soundboy and Tiga's harder hitting Twin Turbo imprint. His new release lifted arrives courtesy of his own Boom Ting imprint with some interesting takes on directly executed moments for the dancefloor. Take "Hovver It" for instance, where a wonky/grinding UK bassline takes charge over minimal breaks on this contorted take on electro. He proves his deft hard at Bristolian style techno on "Paranoid" where bouncy kicks and howling drum patterns back a Marcel Dettmann style plucked melody. Similarly "Ghost Optics" tears up the blueprint of another genre to give a modern reinterpretation - in this case drum & bass: and it's impressive.
Review: The Liquicity YouTube channel was founded in 2008 and quickly became an integral part of the changing ways people found, listened to and discussed drum and bass culture. Now with more than 600 tracks uploaded to their name, they've decided it's time for a bit of a trip down memory lane. To name all the massive artists featured here would be madness but let's not beat around the bush: If you love drum and bass, your favourite tracks will be on here. Enough said. Time to reminisce.
Review: !K7 Records launches a new compilation series entitled Kollections: Club which inaugurates the project. The tracklist features artists of the partner labels under the !K7 umbrella such as Turbo, AUS Music, Mobilee, Mister Saturday Night and Hypercolour. Each edition explores a different musical theme but this first installment, naturally, is all about the club! Highlights here include Midland's recent hit "Blush", Maya Jane Coles' funky afterhours tech house jam "Not Listening" (from a few years ago), KiNK's roaring remix of Kerrier District's (Luke Vibert) "Techno Disco" and Lauer's recent feelgood number "Killian" showing off his knack for classic retro vibes like no other.