Review: A brand new D&B imprint out of Rotterdam's longstanding bass parties, Blendit launch with an impeccable list of talent. Leading with Horizons-approved Dabs, "Lurkbox" is an unnerving roller peppered with harsh steps and classic stabs. With mild airs of neuro weaved deep into the textured groove, it's joyously mean. Hydro, M-Zine and Scepticz follow with "Keep Your Distance". A deeper groove with grittier nuances and a rich, palpitating bassline, it's the perfect foil to Dabs' darkness. Blendit have broadcast their sentiments with crisp clarity, we look forward to hearing more.
Review: M-Zine is a Belgian producer who has been popping up in all the right places for a number of years now, building his profile up and raising the bar of his production capabilities. Dispatch, Utopia, Lifestyle and more lie in his past and now Sofa Sound is in his present, DLR's imprint and one which just gets it right, time and time again. Fractals is bent, broken and ragged, a forceful expression of tangled sonics and a three-tracker which starts hard and doesn't stop. 'Axiomatic' is relentless and pounding, a tunnel of blackish movement which you travel down at full speed, with the lights off and the seatbelt round your neck. There's something satisfying, almost Techno-esque, about tracks which are this consistent and it's a highlight from an absurdly good release.
Review: Longstanding Belgian duo M-Zine & Scepticz serve up a generous four-piece helping, each cut exploring the furthest tendrils of their established late night sound. With their bulbous subs and relentless grooves, both "Consonance" and "Play" hit hard like something Doc Scott would roll out at 3am, all heads-down and no light at the end of the tunnel. "Glimpsed" and "Singularity", meanwhile, take us on much steppier adventures where full focus is squared on the precision percussion and alien bass textures that help move the rhythm forward. Ageless.
Review: Rolling Rotterdam rotters Blendits have been dishing out some serious underground flavours for exactly two years this month. A suitable time, then, to look back and reflect on the damage they've caused. 15 tracks in total, we flicker and flux between lean minimal mechanical badism (Young-G's "Shantytown") to big slappy-drum jazz business (Impish's "Friday") and Bop-style glitch jitters (Hydro, M-Zine & Scepticz' "Keep Your Distance"), all the while keeping our eyes (and ears) on the future. A perfect time to fill the gaps in your collection and get up to speed; Blendits mean business.
Review: What a crazy trip it's been so far for Xtrah's Cyberfunk imprint. Championing both blisteringly fresh talent (Incognito, Simple Technique, Phentix) and pioneers (Mefjus, Current Value) at a commendable unhurried pace, and hosting some legendary parties along the way, they now unlock album warrior mode with this sterling document of furious futurism. Showcasing not only Cyberfunk's ear for forefront compositions but drum & bass's current rude health the entire album is soaking in innovation. Highlights include the detailed percussion and walloping subs of Sub Marine's "Club Mate", Phentix's grizzly cyber-neuro "Complex System", Simple Technique's thundering halftime robot hip-hop stampede "Gorilla" and Xtrah's seasick flabby bass textures on "Nachtmuzik". The trip continue...
Review: Getting you to more places than the Docklands Light Railway ever could, DLR takes his Sofa around the world and stops off at the homes and studios of some of the most exciting new generation artists. Every direction you check its severe roller situation as each participant step up with their finest. Highlights include the outlandish grizzles of Submarine & Scepticz's "Shingoki", the hair raising wriggles and flabby funk on Ill Truth on "Catch A Break", the infectious steppy late 90s buzzes of bossman DLR and Script's "El Mosquito" and the lush jazzy flurries of Trex's "Falling Down"... but that's just scratching the surface, the whole Sofa king thing is immense.