Review: Sheik N Beik present Daisy Cutter by Joe Europe aka JEM. This EP is the third release in their series aimed at celebrating the diversity and history of New York and its boroughs. As Sheik N Beik's hometown and source of constant inspiration, the label focuses on spotlighting and paying homage to the five boroughs of New York, including a previous one by Nconduit and one to Manhattan and an ode to Queens by Kathisma. JEM's dedication is to The Bronx. Some dark, deep and atmospheric techno in the vein of Mathew Jonson on the title track, some tunnelling and hypnotic techno in the vein of the Romans on "Neb" and the old-school drum computer jam "Temple" soaked in analogue soul.
Review: SR nova, driving like a joyrider... Five years after his debut album 'Turning Back', the man returns with his second LP 'Squat Rave'. Pure breakbeat abandon, delivered on Locked Up, it's another authentic blast back to the foundations while still staring defiantly into the future. Featuring collabs with the likes of Bass Junkie, Jem One and label boss Section, highlights include the utter bashment bliss of opener 'A To The Z', the rave angst and brute force of the title track 'Squat Rave', the dreamy synths and pianos of 'Solitaire' and the almighty space exploration finale 'Out There'. Your mother warned you it's a soundsystem banger.
Skink - "Trapped Inside The Dream" - (7:31) 153 BPM
Review: In the mood for some genuine, bona fide old-skool? Thankfully this little beauty reminisces and influences in equal measure, starting with an appropriately named chop-n-rave smasher from Oxford-based ravers SR & Digbee. Channelling that '90s euphoric sound, Jem One's inclusion matches dubby bass with hands-in-the-air pads and a jangly amen. Vapour's dark jungle atmospherics and chopped breaks dominate the second half and finally Skink takes the unease up a notch with gothic synth pads and seriously creepy echoing atmospherics throughout. Ending on a bad trip, leaving on a high note.
Made Of Stars (So Called Scumbags remix) - (6:41) 126 BPM
Made Of Stars (Nick Hook & Martin Sharp remix) - (7:30) 126 BPM
Made Of Stars (Steve Mill remix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
Made Of Stars (Nick Hook & Martin Sharp dub) - (6:59) 126 BPM
Made Of Stars (So Called Scumbags dub) - (6:41) 126 BPM
Review: Primed and polished for the party season, Jeepers introduce new act U-Lot Sound by way of this neat club remix package. So Called Scumbags go straight for the Subliminal vibe with a sound that helped them secure a solid relationship with Pacha. Nick Hook and Martin Sharp opt for a trance-tinged version that bumps and rumbles with very clean synth action. Steve Mill completes the set with a timeless house vibe that peaks and troughs with expert dynamics.