Review: One of the savviest axis-flexors in the D&B / jungle game, DJ Hybrid has an all seeing eye across the soundboy spectrum with his two labels and mixed-style signature. Here the full focus is on his flagship label Audio Addict with his first exclusive-powered mix album that covers all the crucial corners. Every track rattles and shakes with energy and subversion: the jungle chaos of his own "Mix & Blend", the iced-out atmos and toxic drop of Swerve's "Massive & Crew", the gunshot bass holes caused by Lost Dynamics "New Funk", the jaw-dropping ruthlessness of Ray Keith's take on "Badboy", the list goes on... DJ Hybrid levels up once more.
Review: The force is strong on this one! One of Deep In The Jungle's most consistent and prolific artists, RMS has been shelling us with raw jungle bombs for some time now and this is one of his biggest EPs to date. Heavy highlights hang from every hurter; the sickeningly savage drums on "Am I Crazy", the molten breaks and rolling drum funk of "Universe", the unabashed brock-out-ness of "Rasta Yout", the raw unfettered Good Looking rushes of "Take It", the deft scratches on "Now Is Time" and the classic V feels of "Hi Grade". Loaded with cameos from equally talented peers and pals like Dcision, Skru and Schematic, these collisions are nothing short of deadly.
Review: Schematic steps up with a beautiful four tracker on Liquid Brilliants. Evocatively entitled the Mellifluous EP, first track "Wherever I Am" is a flurry of flutes, ticking breaks and floaty, dream-like atmospherics. And so the tone is set for the rest of the EP. "Memory", a slightly edgier piece, with rolling beats, murmuring bass and bongo pattering steps things up, before "Curves", a punchier, vocal-led beast kicks in with rough drums and grumbling subs. Rounding things off, we return to where we started from with "I'm Losin You", a strumming, sonorous liquid roller with gentle, lilting rhythms aplenty. Lovely.
Review: Hospital have ramped up their "Future Sound" series in a major way this year... America, Holland, Brazil, now Canada. It's a decidedly deep and techy cross-section of flavours, too: Gremlinz brings the ice with the angular fury of "Tactical Rail", Schematic delivers some mountainous vocal soul on "Learn From The Past". Those looking for a more contemporary / Manchester style halftime drum arrangement should jump on Levrige's "The Legend" while Stranjah closes the show with a timeless Commixian heads-down roller "Gideon". Powerful.
Review: Russian label Liquid Brilliants return to their stridently upbeat Riders EP series for a second time, with six tracks of typically summer flushed rolling beats dipped in liquid excellence. Jammy kicks things off with "Spend the Night With Me" which expertly lines some chipmunked R & B vocals alongside warm melodies. Alongside it Haik-Adu & Londy's "4 Forward" implements a similarly liquefied rhythmic approach to a naggingly familiar and sweetly soulful sample. Elsewhere the brilliantly titled "Root Beer Float" sees Bank draw on lilting Oriental tones over a sinewy bassline, whilst Three20 drops the biggest sounding roller here with the expansive tough workout "Care Package".