Review: Fast-paced and full of intricate tweaks, neurofunk maestro Maztek's latest release features not one but two bigger than huge remixes of Cause4Concern tracks. Anybody crazy enough to take on his work should automatically become the stuff of drum and bass legend, so pay attention. Opting for more laid-back, junglist sounds in "Outlands", the techy onslaught continues in slick roller "Slap It" and rounds off with a feast for the ears with his take on "Lowlife". Packing it full of sound design quirks and meticulously crafted pops, it's not to be overlooked. Keep your eyes on this one.
Review: Subculture Records boss Matteo Cavo returns to Renegade Hardware with another quartet of intense, tech-tinged D&B smashers. The Italian doesn't do things by halves, so expect full-throttle rhythms, murky bass, intoxicating electro noises and distortion aplenty. On the title track, he channels the energy and attitude of Krust's "Warhead" into a fierce atmospheric stepper, while "Slinky" delivers a rolling exercise in the joys of dense percussion. MC Nuclear adds his slick raps to the near-anthemic "Crank It Up" - the EP's most hedonistic cut by some distance - while "iMaz" is a jumpy tribute to intergalactic jungle of times past. Tasty.
Review: Yes, yes, yes and another ten yesses. This release is something we approve of. Opening with force thanks to Emperor's incredible remix of Optiv & BTK's "Let It Loose", this commemorative release from one of the scene's best labels is a big deal. Next up, Mindscape's "Do It Like This" gets a brain melting remix from Maztek as it rips through your chest, and ready yourself for the retaliation as Mindscape gets to do a number on Maztek's "Sinestesia", forcing seismic bass into tight punches of hard-stepping goodness. Final tune "Nothing To Fear" sees Kyrist unleash neurofunk hell, the perfect way to round off a pretty much perfect release.