Review: The Midnight Funk Association might have an influx of new members signing up after this EP hits home. Bringing his trademark bouncy basslines to a plethora of fresh, dancefloor-driven beats, the EP kicks off with its title track. Not wasting any time, Detail Records boss Lynx ramps up his sample-digging powers from the start. Following up with "Micro", firmer techy territory is explored, with industrial sounds and an irresistible dancehall beat that pounds like a jack-hammer until a dubby breakdown messes with your head. "Bobby Says" is a vintage horror movie soundtrack updated with jazzy breaks and Bobby Esmond's haunting rhymes tannoyed in from somewhere above the dry ice. Finally, "I Want You To Remember" is a straight-up frightfest, destined to spook late night ravers and scare the crap out of the headphone crew on the nightbus home. Lynx as you know him best, an original soundscaper.
The Beast (feat Kemo & Hellrazor) - (6:23) 175 BPM
Moiog - (5:44) 170 BPM
Favella Phantom (feat Ben Vincent) - (5:34) 170 BPM
Love Has Got Away Again - (4:57) 58 BPM
Review: The devil is in the Detail: Lynx's current assault on the game is a fine reminder of how ageless D&B is when it's done on its own terms and not by trend of numbers. Who knows how old some of these cuts he's been shotting lately are? Who cares? What's most important is that they bang: The angular alien chatting tech funk of "Moiog", the sharp steps and flexes of "The Beast", the hand drum springiness and demonic laughter of "Favella Phantom", the cinematic future jazz freakery of "Love Has Got Away" Beats on this level don't come with a sell-by date.
Review: Oh boy... Lynx is unstoppable right now. Firing shots from his freshly-energised Detail pistols on a monthly basis, the output has been nothing short of incendiary. Following "Vault 3" come two brand new originals: the pneumatic dancehall drill of "Bean Stash" will cause riots while "15th Time Lucky" steps and licks with a drum pattern and taut sense of sprung funk that discerning junglists (and dodos) will instantly recognise. Feeling lucky?
Review: Rawness! In case you haven't noticed, Lynx's output over the last few years on Detail has been nothing short of heaven. Real jungle with no pretention and vast layers of innovation, every track has been fun, nuclear for the floor yet completely different. This release is yet another example as "Steel Works" smelts our bones down to dust with industrial strength energy and textures while "Fathom No 8" starts off slinky and naked and gradually dresses before our very ears with added elastic bass tones and cosmic elements. Singular (as always).
Review: After last year's album adventure on Hospital Lynx returns with his old imprint, beat-melting creativity and uncompromised attitude. "WHAT!" sums up our frustrating times with a riotous steppy drum arrangement and venom hanging off every spat-out sample. "Coffee Blanche" steps back from the scrap and looks up to the stars with a futurist riff that you'll be humming into the next century.
Review: As if a 15 track of unreleased gems wasn't quite enough from the legendary Mr Disco Dodo, here comes another five-piece set that spans serious eras and dimensions. Highlights include the fuzzy calypso jauntiness of "Some Day", the lean rolls and tubular groove of "New Shoes" and the slower-motion big-drum funk festival "Jungle Pop". Each cut likely to be at least five years old, they remind us just how long, how creatively and how uniquely Lynx has been chiselling his skills. The devil truly is in the Detail. Essential.
Review: Lynx is hammering them out right now. His once-dormant label Detail now charging back on turbo cylinders, he's returning to a wide range of archive material and finally giving it the life it deserves. Each cut unique and repping a different side to the longstanding artist, it's Lynx at his most unpredictable and exciting: "Street Lights" rolls with a TC-style vocal charm and stretchy, elastic bass groove while "Jungle Side" is a far-out trip down future's memory lane with its stuttering FX and staggered breaks. True originality.
Shadows (feat Master X - instrumental) - (4:44) 172 BPM
Review: Very few artists do vocal drum & bass like Lynx; hooky, soulful but futuristic and uncompromised, they rub up just as sensually against the dark techy monsters as they do with the deeper tracks. Case in point: "Shadows" with long-time sparring partner Master X. Picking up where "Street Lights" left us, the message is one of total pneumatic murkery. "Loopy Sue" ain't no fading wallflower either; alluring, wily and characterised by a rising steel drum harmonic riff, it's coded deep with Lynx's trademark unpredictability. Once again, the secret's in the Detail.
Review: In recent years we've seen UK drum and bass producer Lynx surface on labels like Samurai Red Seal, Warm Communications and RAM Records, and now he returns to Hospital following his label debut Where Are You? It provides Steve Nobes with his third studio album and he brings with it collaborations with Master X, Malibu, Zero One and Marcus Intalex. The latter helps provide an album highlight in "Ghost Rider" with cut up scat vocals sounding like they've been sampled from a Fat Boy Slim production, while the undulating throb and forward pulse of "Clap Trap" builds and drops for a full peak time experience. There's some gnarly rap, ragga and dubstep influences in "Drop That" while for something a little more liquid (and euphoric) check out "Chord Time" - a track which really captures the drum and bass vibe of Hospital.