Review: Kevlar Beas release some of the best compilations around, partly because they have a large contingent of affiliated artists to draw upon but mostly just because the curation team over there is top-notch. The aptly named Strength in Numbers features a load of acs from Quaa Rush to DJ Direkt, the former of which is responsible for 'Vecran', which packs a great, old-school and funky drum line and bouncy, soulful bass nodes which warp and wobble through a really cool arrangement. Danny Anger nails it with the soul-infused jungle vibes of 'Tallies Side Step', and this release in general combines loads of different pallettes to great effect. Fantastic.
Review: Having bubbled for quite some time on labels such as Soul Trader and NWS and Marvellous Cain's RIQ, it's Shiftin Beatz where K-I has truly flourished with a whole slew of rollers over the last two years and this "Love Letter" EP is his most accomplished full spectrum release to date. All styles covered as the young London artist expresses his passion for all forms of D&B: the hurricane vocal tear ups ("Love Letter") the soulful subtleties and restrained barbed groaners ("Never Change", "Like You VIP") the tunnelling dark style rollers ("The Sith", "Pull The Trigger") and the whirlwind emotional moments ("The Journey") The full trip, navigated with love, K-I is in full control.