Review: A celebration of sound system culture is the prevailing theme throughout London duo Overmono's new EP on XL - their seventh release thus far for the esteemed UK label. Inspired by the nostalgic feelings conjured up by old mix tapes recorded in their youth, Cash Romantic sees the Russell brothers (aka Tessela & Truss) combine elements of breakbeat, dub, garage and ambient. "After listening to some of these old tapes, we wrote this record and realised our heads are still pretty much in the same space as when we were kids."
Equiknoxx - "A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up" - (3:12) 57 BPM
Ed Rush & Optical - "Bacteria" - (6:47) 127 BPM
Orca - "Intellect" - (7:30) 155 BPM
Smith & Mighty - "Film Score" - (4:19) 121 BPM
Blawan - "Fourth Dimensional" - (5:06) 156 BPM
Roy Of The Ravers - "Erolfa" - (6:52) 118 BPM
Sockethead - "When I Close My Eyes I See Paint" - (2:28) 153 BPM
1995 Epilepsy - "Get 2 Kno" - (2:46) 132 BPM
Review: The Russell Brothers aka Truss & Tessela keep the fires of their Overmono project burning with a huge session on Fabric Presents mix series. Off the bat you'll find a hyped and unreleased Blawan number in the producer's "Fourth Dimensional" next to a 2005 Vex'd classic "Pop Pop". Overmono exclusives include a super laid back and hopeful "If U Ever" alongside both numbers from their latest Polykicks release - jungle and UKG heads check it out. On the lighter dubbier side of things is a sweet inclusion of Well St artist Robert Fleck, next to some heavier bombs from L.B Dub Corp, Plastikman, Actress and Ed Rush & Optical's "Bacteria". We also recommend Powder's "Lost Of Light" next to DJ Misjah's "Victim" and Equiknoxx's "A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up". Best thing since Surgeon's This Is For You Shits.
Review: As always with Poly Kicks, they have delivered a tasty pair of treats on this latest drop from Overmono, exploring the more experimental end of the breakbeat spectrum with some serious style. We kick off with 'BMW Track', a potent bubbler composed of sweeping sub drones and flickering drum chugs, constantly evolving with little additional rhythmic features but never lowering its intensity. On the flip, the stunning swirling atmospheric pads of 'So U Kno' take us down a different route entirely, although still engulfed in gorgeous percussive flavour throughout. The EP as a whole is nothing short of stunning!