Review: Sovryn has been creeping up in the neurofunk world for a short while now, and this EP is his second release on the inimitable Korsakov Music. This release is predictably huge, with plenty of jump-up influences creeping into its stylistic make-up and the combination of various strands of dancefloor heinousness is pretty banging. 'Everybody' is a tumbling, jagged roller than rests on a heavyweight drum line, it moves with a constant feeling of effortlessness and there's an addictive feeling of fluidity to the arrangement that seeps through into your unconscious. Great work, and it's also wicked to see a slightly lighter track that brings in the superb Ruth Royall - big ups.
Review: Villem's new Murkt imprint has taken a short break to get its affairs in order and returns this new year with its first VA EP, a four-track exemplification of the blends of sounds which make it such a potent new force in the scene. Villem features himself alongside Hadley, Riya and Collette Warren on 'Invisible', a silky vocal roller that blends liquid vibes with techier synth spasms to great effect. Fields comes correct on the minimal bulges of 'Jubby', whilst 'Crystal Glow' by Strafe and Chris Munky is stepping soul of the highest calibre, and 'Prisma' ends things on a minimal, rolling tip. Yes Villem!
Review: Viper are a big, bad and dangerous label and their 2021 annual is an expression of what makes their output so potent. This whole LP is unafraid to be dancefloor heaviness in an approachable sense, and the whole extended roster has turned up, from label boss Futurebound to Murdock, Blaine Stranger and more. 'Dragon' by the latter is especially good, as a foghorn influenced bass node curls its tendrils amidst a a synthy forest of organic ambience and excellent production. Cyantific and Bl4ck Crowz also impress on 'Waiting 4 U', which stomps its feet in a petulance that's less childish and more chidingly sick, a true festival anthem for sure. The album is a must-listen for all those who rate the Viper side of drum & bass.
Technimatic - "The Nightfall" (feat Jono McCleery) - (4:30) 174 BPM
Document One - "Holy Moly" - (4:41) 174 BPM
Ed It - "The Ticket" (feat Pola & Bryson) - (4:34) 172 BPM
Monrroe - "Everywhere I Go" - (4:50) 174 BPM
Technimatic/Matt Wilson - "Holding On" - (4:56) 175 BPM
Document One - "1964" - (4:13) 174 BPM
Ed It - "Generally Speaking" - (4:53) 175 BPM
Gerra & Stone - "Feels Like" - (4:33) 174 BPM
Review: Having just celebrated their 15th year with one of their best ever collections, Friction's Shogun Audio look back over a strong year of sonics. Flexing a stellar rollcall of all the label's talents - Ed:It, GLXY, Technimatic, Pola & Bryson, Monrroe, Document One, Koherent and many more - there's an exciting energy to the label's collective and this collection captures that vibe. Highlights include Ed:It's fast-lane percussive roller "So True", the deep dream manoeuvres of Koherent and Charli Brix's "Voices" and Document One's epic electrified shredder "Holy Moly". These are just three of 20 reminders of why Shogun have had such a great year in 2019.