Review: After some great releases on Happiness Therapy, Pulse Msc and Inhale Exhale, Vancouverite Jesse Bru returns on SlothBoogie Record. Joining forces with Max Ulis (Sabota) for this collaborative EP titled Similar Nature, you will first find the hypnotic dub house stomper 'Banh Mi' followed by the rolling main room tech house of 'Moisture Cult' which is equally as icy and glacial. The pair starts to mix it up after with the inclusion of the emotive electro number 'TBH' and ending with the swingy minimal house of 'Big Chirp' in the vein of the classic Cabinet Records style.
Review: Put together to raise money for projects looking to fight 'broken windows' policing - a tactic where low-level offences are harshly punished - End Broken Windows features Palm Out Sounds artists and invited guests delivering tracks inspired by the NYC subway system. Musically all five producers have responded positively to this conceptual theme. Disaffected sets the tone via the sub-heavy, rhythmically fractured rave revivalism of 'Sublimation' - all wobbling sub, hip-house breakbeats, ghostly chords and razor-sharp hardcore stabs - before Lobec sprinkled a rolling break with star-fall electronics and warming pads. Elsewhere, Max Ullis' 'Detroit Tale' is a weighty post-electro growler featuring spoken word vocals from Khari McLelland', A.dixen's 'Broken Skin' is a lush fusion of ambient and breakbeat and Sumorai and Avix's 'Floorescence' [sic] is an intergalactic electro treat.