Like UKF and Eton Messy, SubSoul started life as a YouTube channel dedicated to promoting "new and exciting electronic music". This year they've released two acclaimed compilations, and here round off a successful 2014 with a split EP featuring hot new tracks from a range of well-known and fast-rising producers. Icarus kicks things off with Annie Mac favourite "Missing You", a glassy-eyed chunk of melodious, bass-heavy UK house. There's more of a late night, big room flavour to N69's fluttering "Take You There", while Toyboy & Robin continue their adventures in garage and deep house with the pretty "Motions". Finally, De$ignated and Pistol Pete join forces for "Hey Papi (Dub Mix)", a thrillingly heavy trip into shirts-off bass-house territory.
While renowned for promoting a particular kind of Scandolearic disco, Prins Thomas's Full Pupp label has never shied away from mixing things up now and then. As the title suggests, Vi Kal It Asid sees Thomas gather together a bunch of like-minded misfits for a no-holds-barred trip into acid territory. The much-loved label boss kicks things off with a particularly tough, intense and gnarly acid jam - all brain-melting 303 lines and punchy percussion - before Omar V and Mario Aparicio join forces for the deeper and more psychedelic-inclined, Orbital-ish "Acidwave". Ayvind Morken does his best Phuture impression on the straightforward, but still intoxicating "Mann Not Maskin", while Trulz & Robin combine foreboding waves of trippy electronics and off-kilter drum machine hits on the "Energy Flash" influenced "Tjelvar".