Review: This is a beautifully diverse release from Joliffe, as he moves from liquid into jungle and into rollers with ease, a testament to how far his production has come on these last few years. 'Just These Things' features Elisabeth Troy on vocals and is a sumptuously deep track, one which rests on a bed of deft instrumentatin and soulful touches. 'Dilla' is equally smooth, but things get breaksy on 'Blown', before Joliffe turns things on their head with the strained, bubbling technoid sounds of 'Vapour Fly' featurng Coppa. Another superb release from Guidance.
Review: Jolliffe is an artist who has been steadily breaking through in recent times, with releases on Soulvent and others, but this is his first ever full length outing on the liquid leviathan that is Spearhead. Liquid-focused Spearhead may be, but this release takes things into deeper and darker directions as well, with a focus on chopped up percussive force and moody sub basses. 'Creep in the Dark' is especially heavy, whilst we're big fans of the rambunctious funk of 'Amen Syndicate' featuring Siege MC, whose bars just tie up this tune in excellent fashion. Wicked.
Review: Spearhead are coming out with a huge compilation that seeks to be a statement of intent for 2020, combining a load of new tracks with some of the choicest cuts from the Spearhead back catalogue. There is old school talent like Need For Mirrors, Bcee, Carlito & Addiction & Saikon, as well as recruits from the new school like Whiney, Black Barrel, Monrroe and Walk:r, all of whom have done a wicked job walking the Spearhead stylistic line between hard and soft. Need For Mirrors' 'Zxana' is the ideal example; it's stripped back and minimalist in its percussion but expansive in the low-frequencies, with a hypnotic feeling of movement and a seriously solid piece of sound design. The rest of the LP is typically epic as well, so shout out to the Norwich crew.