Review: Gathering together the best of NYC's alternative producers for this exclusive five track collection, Trouble & Bass pick the right names to show off the city's progressive side. Label boss Drop The Lime updates The Ramones on "Bourbon Blitz", giving it a subtle tip of the hat via some electro snares and Tex-Mex guitars, while Kingdom keeps things typically fascinating on "Uptown Buck" - delivering a brutally stripped-down kicks and vocals feast. Elsewhere Hussle Club take their cues from the CBGB's, while Cubic Zirconia deliver a tripped out acid freakdown with the beautiful "Lucid In The Sky".
Review: Having already bolstered the Night Slugs mission across an EP and occasional other appearances, Kingdom returns to his neon-lit home with more of that R&B flavoured business. "Let You No" rides one of those quintessential clean, precise dubstep beats that the NS crew love so well, while the melodies fall thick and bright around a decisive vocal rip. It's immaculately produced, while "Stalker Ha" manages to eke out more of an edge with some wild samples and hits over a more punchy UK Funky beat. "Dreama" sees Kingdom exploring his sound more, slowing the beat down to let his imaginative synth work fly free. Check it.
Review: Last spotted on Fade To Mind with "Vertical XL", LA beat magician Kingdom returns with two blistering drum jams. "Shox" playfully twists trap's infatuation with synth horns by creating a larger than life riff that soon takes a backseat for the diesel powered drums. "Punished" sees him returning to the R&B chords and techniques that he originally made a name for himself with on Nightslugs and Trouble & Bass but does so by quashing the elements under industrial strength drums and high pressure atmospheres. Pay attention.
Review: Well well well, we were wondering when we would next have the opportunity to take in some fresh Kingdom, a producer known for his forward thinking production style and uniquely crispy finished product. This, the first volume of his new 'Exterra' release project, is the perfect way to summarize his sound, from the frankly stunning stripped back funky collaboration with Tiara Thomas entitled 'High Enough' to the more choppy, breaks driven slices of 'Chizel Cut' alongside MikeQ. The whole project is awesome to keep it simple, with Ms. Boogie joining the fun on the super bouncy title track 'Exterra', along with the percussive genius of 'LLEWXAM' and beautiful soundscaping of 'Azuza'.
Review: Two albums for the price of one... Not only is this a fantastic showcase of Pimpsoul's mixing ability, DJ dynamics and selection skills, but, as individual tracks, Funk N Beats Volume 1 also acts as a great nu-funk collection. Joining the dots between formative genre-setters (Breakestra's "Cramp Your Style" and Skeewiff's "Feelin' Fine") to modern day dancefloor bangers (Rory Lyon's "I Got 5 On It" and Mr No Hands' "Feeling Fine") this touches every corner of the party-loving dancefloors. Nu-funk is riddled with label compilations but very few albums that reach further than in-house output. Big props to both Pimpsoul and Bombstrikes.
Review: Celebrating two of the most popular genres of recent times, compilation kings Straight Up! add to their Dubstep vs Trap series with the third album in less than a year. 20 tracks in total, there are enough saw tooth bass tears and smouldering 808 grooves to power a small town for a year. Highlights include the laser bass rifle and icy arpeggio on Kairo Kingdom's "Bounce", the unfettered euphoria of Rob Gasser's "The Exit" and the outright savagery of Ming & Moxiie & Static Link's supreme savagery on "Block Party". The list goes on - this is essential for lovers of both dubstep and trap.