Review: Whenever we see Murder He Wrote return to Rhythm Athletic, we know we are likely to be in for a very enjoyable time, with this three track experience being no different whatsoever. We kick off with the joyous harmonic freedom we experience within 'Told You So' as Murder once again displays a solid sense of UKG arrangement, layering floating pad textures with intricate melodic slides and a jaw-dropping bassline, giving this one a massive yes from us right from the off. He sets the high quality bar and sticks to it next as the much more UK funky inspired percussive sweeps and choppy snare drives of 'Iso' up the intensity of the project almost immediately, especially when coupled with that looming bassline below. From here, the glittering melodic switches and breaks-infused rhythms of 'As If We Never' then push the bar out of the stratosphere as Murder closes out one of the most impressive three trackers of 2022 so far!
Review: Next up from the man with the plan, also known as Murder He Wrote, he returns to his beloved Rhythm Atheltic for a sumptuous collection of originals with the first volume of 'Icymi'. Across seven outstanding originals, we are able to enjoy the full range of MHW's full production arsenal, kicking off with the beautiful drum designs and shifting soundscapes of 'All I Ever Needed' and chased up by the fabulous vocal additions on 'Air' from Maddie Ellerby. From here, 'Too Late' sees more top notch vocal work from Chrystal, who this time plays the lead voice in another pad-heavy excursion few future-inspired UK-funky sounds, before the rattling snares of 'Loss' and squelching bass textures of 'Watch The Tempo II' add a bit more instrumental edge. Finally, we finish on some syncopated successes as 'Cuica' allows us to explore the true rhythmic skills of Murder He Wrote's production range, followed by a top quality finale in 'Denied', a carnival inspired combo of lively drum expressions and Roxy Sections' awesome vocal lines. Incredible work as always from Murder He Wrote!
Review: Murder He Wrote, Chrystal, Rhythm Athletic? What more could you want from a new school UK funky release?! What a fabulous link up we find ourselves exploring with this one as MHW returns once again to his home imprint to deliver a potent two track experiment by the name of 'Too Late'. Part one sees him deploy a vast array of colourful percussive lines and softened melody, over which Chrystal's heavenly vocal layers sit just perfectly. On the flip side, Part two sees a much more underground sound deployed as shimmering chord notes are left to drift into an icy soundscape atop glittering rhythms and more of Chrystal's chilling vocals. Amazing work as per from one of the most consistent producers out there right now!
Review: Following on from an excellent single drop on RKS, Murder He Wrote is back at it again with a feature length LP, celebrating the future of UK funky across eight wavy originals. This is a real lesson in the breadth of UK funky, from the minimal, percussive lead sounds of 'Club Soda' and 'Watch The Tempo', to the beautiful vocals of both 'Lapse' alongside Roska and Maddy Ellerby and 'Say It Twice'. From here 'Stopwatch' gives us some experimental flavours, alongside the nostalgic piano lines of 'Smokes & Lazers' and crunchy LFO action of 'Watch the Tempo'. Finally, 'That Love' provides us with a euphoric drift between potent subs and colourful percussive patterns, rounding off an excellent selection indeed.
Review: Next up on Rhythm Athletic, we see Murder He Wrote return to his incredibly rich run of form to deliver a stunning piece of experimental garage music, taking the title 'Not Today'. As far as compositional levels go, there aren't many people with a pallet as dense as MHW, who constantly finds himself unlocking unique pockets of energy within the different genres he works in, this new one being no exception to that as stunning layers of vocal sampling are deployed atop cloud-like synthesizer chords and charming drum skips. It's emotive and it's excellent, we just can't get enough!
Review: What a time it is for Murder He Wrote at the minute, who appears to be unable to put a foot wrong, judging by his recent releases at least. He here returns to Rhythm Athletic for a soulful helping of garage and funky goodness, kicking off with the stunning vocal collaboration with Jessica Wilde entitled 'Love', a track drenched in rhythmic flavour. Next, we leap into the more lofi arrangements and choppy drum structures of 'Loss', before finishing up the project with a look at 'Cui?-ca Riddim'. This one, despite being nearly impossible to say, is definitely one that needs to be heard, as MHE combines super smooth pad structures with lively funky drum work.
Review: If there is one thing that the 1Forty team know how to do well, it's assemble a well balanced compilation project. This latest addition to their 'Funky & Garage' series, kicks off with an absolute belter from Murder He Wrote entitled 'Honey Riddim', which features funky flavours and a hard hitting vocal appearance from Snowy. Following this, Killjoy continues with the funky theme with some hard hitting rhythmic movements on 'Disturbance', before Smokey Bubblin' B injects a lashing of garage flavour into proceedings with the stripped back design of 'Brock Out'. Finally, the uplifting arrangements and chord progressions of ''Do Me Right' from Wolfe puts the finishing touches on a great body of work.
Review: For this very exciting six track selection, the team at Top Billin have arranged a tight collection of the weird and undefinable, yet somehow manage to release a cohesive body of work at the same time. Firstly, the booming bass drums, choppy breaks and subby leads of TRDV's 'Deadlines' take the lead, followed by a funky garage fusion by the name of 'Submarine's from Murder He Wrote. Next up, we move further into the stripped back garage themes as Tony Quatro unleashes the lethal subs of 'September' before the bouncy carnival drum work of Pl4net Dust's 'Daebak' is let loose. The flavours then take another unexpected turn as a Rodigan vocal sample gives way to a moody breaks driven original from Garneau entitled 'WH1', before funky feels of Niklavz round everything up smartly in 'Soundboy Notifications'.
Murder He Wrote & Maddie Ellerby - "Expectations" - (4:03) 128 BPM
Circles - (5:25) 128 BPM
All I Ever Needed - (5:05) 128 BPM
Expectations (dub) - (4:03) 128 BPM
Review: Despite having a steady revival movement over the past couple of years, UK Funky has exploded onto the UK Bass scene over the past few months, influencing a large amount of underground music. Here we see one of the genre's leading lights in Murder He Wrote put forward a flavoursome four tracker, courtesy of Rhythm Athletic. We begin our journey on this one on a vibrant collaboration with Maddie Ellerby by the name of 'Expectations', which lays the blueprints for the rest of the EP with its classic funky flavours. Next up, 'Circles', a bluesy stripped back roller, packed with organic drum energy, before landing on the futuristic synth play of 'All I Ever Needed'. Finally we finish up the EP on the playful dub mix of 'Expectations'.
Review: Every badman's favourite scholar Murder He Wrote returns to Roska's ever ready Kicks & Snares with some of his most striking numbers to date. "Nasty" swings with a loose snare UK funky arrangement, sticky Bovril bass and a subtly sultry vocal before he suddenly hurls us into a near-orgasmic breakdown then sends us off on our (nasty) ways. "Game Over" hits with a dreamier twang as shimmering chords warm snugly around a classic break and pushed 4/4. Need a little more grit? Crunch down on the heavier gnarled-bass VIP. Absolute regicide!
Review: Murder He Wrote might not have that many bangers to his name in terms of volume, but the fledgling producer can sure conjure up some bass power with his very own 'bass house' moves. "Still Crooked" features Maddie Ellerby on the vocals in what turns out to be a delicious pseudo garage cut with Ibizian kind of flavours, while "Sirens" is darker, nastier and more tribal - not to mention even a little bit more on the acidic side! We're also very much into the "DS9 Riddim" for its subtle swings of jungle, but it's Murder He Wrote's general style and outlook that we're really starting to appreciate. Watch out for this guy on the bass charts!