Review: Sasha brings us collection of tracks that have featured in his Spotify playlist series of the same name, which is oriented towards midtempo, contemplative but still beats-driven cuts spanning breaks, ambient and leftfield electronica. While much is being made of this "new direction", a more cynical observer might say it's the first CD of 'Northern Exposure' plus drums; all the same, there's much to enjoy here if you're in a laidback kinda mood, with standouts including MJ Cole's haunting, fractured 'Maestro' and Cortese's 'Circles' with its air of restrained menace. The album also includes two fresh cuts from The Man Like himself, 'Corner Shop' and recent single 'HDNI'.
Review: UK house and garage legend MJ Cole breezes into 2021 with this skipping, sweet and ethereal number "Maestro" - a track that until now was exclusive to Sascha's LUZoSCURA compilation via Alkaane. Given its own release, the track sees a medley of vocals combine in staccato fashion that is both euphoric and melancholic. A subtle and effective number for contemporary music landscapes.
Review: MJ Cole has dropped two brand new pieces of UKG magic into our lives this year; first came the restrained two-step dream cut "Undo", now "Shelter", a smouldering slice of modern soul. The original hit us earlier this month, now time for the remixes to do their own individual damage... Couros brings out the sentimental side with his soft emotive chords and well-paced mid tempo while Shadow Child flips the switch for an all-out jungle crusade. What a time to be alive!
Review: Yeah boy! We hadn't heard or seen from garage legend MJ Cole in a good while, and every time we see a new EP from the man pop onto our laps, we find it difficult to stay still in our seats. Sadly, this latest appearance on Lobster Boy is a brief one, with the excellent "Alcatraz" being the only tune on offer; however, it does satisfy our every need through some rough, pounding house beats, and de-tuned vocal samples that simply call to the dance floor. It's a tune that pretty much any DJ on the planet can enjoy, and tool it up to just about anything. Heavy, as expected.
Review: 2-step uberlord MJ Cole still towers mightily over today's young generation of producers. This is because his talent far exceeds an ability to just mimic a currently fashionable sound. In fact it's the young pretenders who are aping the sound of his classic Crazy Love days. Cole, meanwhile has moved on to more adventurous ground: "Panoramic" features four tracks, three of which displays a stunning beauty and sophistication - all gentle electronic trickles, widescreen orchestration, shimmering vocal snippets and piano tinkles, and "Blood" acting as counterpoint by introducing some seriously dirty fuzz-bass and slammin UKF beats. Ahead of the game, always.
Review: Surely one of the hardest working and in-demand producers at present, MJ Cole follows up recent mixes for Wiley, Shy FX and Chase & Status with this unexpectedly different set of tunes out on his own Prolific imprint. With experimentation being the order of the day, Cole tries out a variety of new sounds and makes them work for him perfectly - whether it be the cosmic, creepy post-dubstep of "Mantra", the arpeggio 'n' strings brilliance of "Bordeaux", the fast, spacey, almost Juke-tempo'd "Hawaii" or the truly futuristic and wide-eyed garage of "TGV". Highly recommended stuff.
Review: Nero takes on an absolute classic in "Be Sincere" but has taken it to the next step, opening it up to a new generation in a completely new style. They have managed to add their superb dubstep twist, turning up the bass to epic proportions to keep meet moving to this famous track one more. With lighter moments in there too, this is a dancefloor destroyer!