Review: Hello! DLR's Sofa Sound returns to the 'Sofa King Sick' series for a brand new chapter comprising 19 cuts from some of the brightest young minds and established talents across the jungle D&B spectrum. As always with the Sofa gang the vibe is warm, raw and very groove focused and the whole album is loaded with stark, dark contemporary treats. Highlights include the stern grit and drama of Submotive's 'Snowed In', the brazen futurism and moodiness of 'Uppin' The Ante' from Ill Truth, Defex and Bluejay and the siren-raising hype and soundsystem ruffage of 'Live Till 86' from ZeroZero. But that's just three of many many many killer tunes on here. Dig deep and sit comfortably!
Review: C.I.A are the kings of organic drum & bass that's ingrained into the core heritage of the genre, and this EP from Minor Forms is a perfect example of drum & bass that's simple yet devastating. Wrapped around a potent blend of breaks and rolling percussive lines, Minor Forms strips everything back to the bare essentials, focusing your attention on what really matters. 'The Hunt' is among the toughest on offer, a pacey dancefloor cut with a classic array of bending, twisting low frequency textures that remind us of early 2000s techstep, a golden era for the genre this track encapsulates yet also improves upon. 'Big Style' is in the ilk of new school jungle, a movement C.I.A have been pushing hard with the likes of Myth, and this tune is right up there with the best of them; bone-shattering bass sweeps and precisely engineered, extremely satisfying percussive work. Big.