Review: Their second release deep and still we're none the wiser as to who Nazca Linez are. But when the music is as sharp as this, who are we to argue? "Acid Fashion" rolls out at a refreshingly stately six minutes, shoots from the hip with a venomous 303 line that warps and gurgles beneath a spacey dubbed out overlays "Silly Putty" continues that raw, warm, distorted analogy feel, switching out the acid for a much more drawn out moaning foghorn bass texture. On-point and future-focused, this is up there with the work of Need For Mirrors or Spirit.
Review: A new production outfit has jumped straight into the big league! Bossman Bryan Gee hasn't opted to blood them through smaller labels, and has instead snapped them up and thrown them straight in the big leagues with the mighty V. Little is known about Nazca Lines but much like their Peruvian namesake their creations and methods will be eluding researchers for years to come. Their debut kicks off (and when we say kicks off, we really mean it!) with "Meridian Arc" the straight stepper beat is a nod to V anthems of yesteryear like Krust's "Warhead". Droning, distorted bass tones make thisone for the gully heads. Watch out for the organ warming frequencies of that sub bass on the second drop. Second track "Words" opens with emotive spooked-out, space age atmospherics and some serious sonic scene building, which abruptly breaks into solid stepping beats and a bass line that might well have been developed during the cold war. We may not know much about Nazca Linez but what is clear is that they have many things to teach us!
Review: This compilation arrives with a rich heritage of V Recordings compilations behind it, and Planet V has for a number of years been the flagship series for Bryan Gee's label. Edition four comes to a whopping 73 tracks and includes a mix as well, and all the familiar V faces are present, from Alibi to Paul t & Edward Oberon. All of the tunes have already seen the light of day in a previous form, and Disrupta and Duskee's 'Deep Thoughts' is one of the standouts, as Disrupta lays down a minimal yet funky beat for Duskee to rap lyrical over, something he does with serious presence. New gun SL8r makes several appearances, including on the excellent 'What U Need', which bounces along in a synthscape of serious depth and texture, its funky nodes nodding to the beat of a vintage blend. Crossover outfit Think Tonk also shine with 'Tom & Heavy', an offering unique in its stepping, breaksy percussion and one which oozes soulful class. There are dozens more to have a gander at, so take your pick.
Review: V Recordings do some of the best compilations in the business and their brand new Foundation series is a natural recognition of that fact. They're not being hyperbolic with the usage of the term 'Foundation' either, because this is truly an overview of some of the scene's most foundational producers. Old-school Dillinja, Krust, Roni Size and DJ Die, amongst others, make up the roster of acts that formed an integral part of the genre back in the day. The new crew is also represented, however, in the form of L-Side, Think Tonk, Nasza Linez and loads more, all of whom bring some of that V-style heat. Wicked album - one for the heads.