Review: The masterful Lazy Flow has cooked up a rather special compilation for France's Folistar, showcasing the French capital's best and brightest house music stars. Although you get a mixed and continuous version of this comp, you can also cop the singles. All centred around the 4/4 continuum and the Chicago dynasty, it's up to you to hear what you require for your weekend evening sets...bumping, deep, hard and dubby, its all in here. Comprehensive to say the least!
Review: Backed by some of the biggest names in the game, this EP comes hot on the heels of Oz's appearance on Co-Lab's "Deep in The Lab" compilation. not a lot's shared about this/these artist/s but what we can say is that the likes of heist, Noisia, Hazard and Friction have been all over it and with good reason. The whole EP is darker and more disorientating than a caved-in mineshaft and as heavy and about as subtle as a truck full of anvils, this guy is the master of deftly-prepared noise. Brace yourselves for the impact.
Review: Who are Oz? Where are they from? Are they a she or he? Is it solo or a group? Why are they so good? So many questions and no answers - except this bare fact.. The music is tremendous. Classy drum & bass with clear roots in all the right places and the perfect amount of weight, space and energy, the music does all the talking. From the necksnap drums and groaning bass of "Rhapsody" to the psychedelic build and dangerously wobble-some drop on "Hellion", this is an exceptional exercise in timeless underground instrumental drum & bass. More please... Whoever you are!
Review: With two massive "Abstract" EPs and an equally hefty dispatch on AFT, 2018 has been Oz's most prolific year to date. So he's celebrating with a good old fashioned ruckus... "Beat 'Em Up". "Apoka" lights the fire with brazen dramatic operatic effect while the title track pistol whips us into submission before a hornets nest bassline stings from all directions. Deeper into the EP we glide of "OMG", another heavily orchestral influenced piece before "Rockers" shuts up shop with a groaning understated rumble roller. Wounders all round.
Review: More "Abstract" theory as the shadowy Oz returns to Heist's Co-Lab to continue what he started in spring 2017. Multi-shades, multi-styles, this is real melting pot business you're just as likely to hear in Break set as you are a Turno set. Six tracks in total; soul heads should jump and flex to the dulcet vibes of "Replacement", "Four Seasons" and "Stay", those who love a flabbier bassline will enjoy getting jiggy to "Icy" and "Assassin" while those who love the Bristol-style jazzy and grainy sound will go all gooey in the heart for "Not There". Real D&B for real DJs; it's time to stop Co-Lab and listen.
Review: Co-Lab Recordings is Heist's label and is accordingly renown for putting out hard-hitting beats faster than you can say 'f**k off', a testament to the production and curation skills of the man himself. This time the focus is on Oz and the wider Co-Lab crew, as Oz gets his Abstract EP remixed and updated with some fresh new twists. The Teej remix of 'Assassin' is definitely up there as one of the best on the EP, a deeply growling track that is packed with attitude and foreboding notes of synth and sample-based power. Heist himself steps up for the remix on 'I.C.Y', flipping this one into a wobbly number with a wide, slapping snare drum and plenty of angst. Bangers galore here.
Review: The mighty Honest Jon's Records brings in the new year with an exquisite and highly awaited set of long-lost gems from the most obscure Iranian recordings dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Much like the gorgeous "To Scratch Your Heart" release from a few years back, this stunning collection of ethnic music is easily some of the most tasteful compilations you will ever set your ears on. "Painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road", the music moves from one mystical dimension to another, giving us a detailed snapshot of what was going on back then in cities like Tehran. Trumpets, clarinets, enchanting voices, improvisational strings and a significant swell of nostalgia wrap this winner of a compilation up into what will most likely be one of the most important chronologies of music available today.